Archive | May 15, 2014

I, Please, Need Some Help With MY English. Just One Sentence Please.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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As anybody who reads this blog knows, and must be very painfully aware, English is my Second Language (ESL) and I struggle and suffer trying to come to grips with it on a daily basis.

I tried going to English as a Second Language classes but that didn’t work out too well because I get easily distracted.

I came across this today, in our local paper, and it gave me pause.

It was just like the use of ‘portend‘. Just didn’t make sense to me. But, I can’t really explain to you how I struggle with this English.

Just doesn’t seem to read right (or is it ‘write’) to me BUT my English is too poor for me to be able to put my finger on it:

Click to ENLARGE. It is from the local paper. So if you from around here you know where to look for the original.

Click to ENLARGE. It is from the local paper. So if you from around here you know where to look for the original.



I even posted it at my favorite ESL Forum ….

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I checked with a fellow author. Native American from Connecticut. He helps me a lot with my editing.

He sent me this … and then followed up with 4 e-mails about ADVERBS! Adverbs?

In an ideal world I should get my Superintendent or Principal to help me out but that won’t happen.

But, if some of YOU could PLEASE help me. I will be mucho grateful.

Click to ENLARGE. This person, with a Ph.D., has authored quite a few books (though not as many as I).

Click to ENLARGE. This person, with a Ph.D., has authored quite a few books (though not as many as I).


May 2014 Full Moon, Buddhist Vesak Moon, Resplendent Over New Hampshire Last Night.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related posts:
>> 2014 Vesak greeting — May 14, 2014.
>> Happy Vesak 2014>May 13, 2014.
>> Vesak 2014 Pandols>May 13, 2014.

>> Pope’s 2014 Vesak greeting — May 10, 2014.
>> 2014 Vesak post — May 4, 2014.
>> 2013 Vesak post — May 16, 2013.


++++ See Category ‘Sri Lanka‘ or search on ‘Sri Lanka‘ & ‘Buddhism‘  for other related posts >>>>


It is THE most significant full moon to the Buddhists in Sri Lanka and they ‘observe’ and honor each and every one of them.

Not sure if they are work holidays anymore. There was a time when the Full Moon, ‘Poya‘, was a holiday each month — and then we even went through a 3 – 4 year period where we abandoned the Christian Saturday/Sunday as the weekly holidays and went instead with Pre-Poya/’Poya’ combo — where ‘poya’, in this context, referred to the 4 phases of the moon. Yep, our own calendaring system. The family that adopted me were very instrumental implementing this huge change. Since since the 4 phases of the Moon do not necessarily come around every 7 days, like clockwork, you had to make allowances for a 6 day work/school week. The days in school calendar were named: P1, P2, P3, P4, P5 and then a possible P6. How to deal with P6 was an issue.

Long story. I will tell it someday. Colombo was still a very busy and important sea harbor in those days and the Poya system wreaked havoc with shipping — especially with cargo ships. Ship’s captains, despite their supposed familiarity with things astronomical to help them with navigation, just could not deal with not knowing beforehand whether they would be arriving in Colombo on a Poya-day, i.e., the equivalent of a Sunday, and hence a holiday. They had to abandon it mainly because of this.


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2014 Vesak, Yesterday, Coincidentally, Was Maya’s, Our Golden’s, 3rd Birthday.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related posts:
>> 2014 Vesak greeting — May 14, 2014.
>> Happy Vesak 2014>May 13, 2014.
>> Vesak 2014 Pandols>May 13, 2014.

>> Pope’s 2014 Vesak greeting — May 10, 2014.
>> 2014 Vesak post — May 4, 2014.
>> 2013 Vesak post — May 16, 2013.


++++ See Category ‘Sri Lanka‘ or search on ‘Sri Lanka‘ & ‘Buddhism‘  for other related posts >>>>


Teischan, now 8, is big into keeping track of birthdays. Since last week she reminded us, more than once a day, that Maya’s birthday was coming up — and I was informed that we were going to celebrate in the cutsomray manner.

Well, as far as Teischan remembers, the ‘customary’ celebration for the dogs’ birthdays is cheeseburgers from McDonalds. There was a time, when we lived in Gilford, and only had Ulysses, that we would do ice creams cakes from Hanaford’s. But, I think the dogs prefer the cheeseburgers.

They get McDonald burgers/cheeseburgers fairly often. Maya at least now associates the McDonald’s in Alton with burgers. Braxton, still to turn 1, hasn’t worked it out fully — though he knew that something was up.

So around 4:30 pm we went to McDonald’s. The dogs got a double cheeseburger — plain.

The ice cream machine was broken again. Amazing. So I got parfaits — which we normally get anyway. When we got home Teischan made her own Mickey Mouse ice cream cone.


That Maya’s birthday fell on Vesak was a total coincidence. It is better to say that Vesak, a moveable feast, fell on Maya’s birthday — which is May 14.

But that her name is ‘Maya’ and yesterday was Vesak is kind of CUTE in a perverse way.

I got HECK that she had been named ‘Maya’!

I had forgotten that ‘Maya’ was the name of Buddha’s mother. ‘Maya’ was Deanna’s name. I didn’t name either of the current two dogs. I let Deanna name them both.

My sequence of names had gone: Rousseau (after the philosopher after having come back from a trip to Geneva), Winston, Maggie (after Thatcher), Ulysses (after grant) and our dear (departed) Monty (after Field Marshal Sir Bernard Law Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, KG, GCB, DSO, PC).

I personally don’t think that naming a beautiful Golden after the Buddha’s mother in any way disrespects her! I am sure there are dogs and cats called ‘Mary’. I just thought it was funny that I got heck for Maya’s name.


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Got Rid Of My ‘Out-Of-State’ Phone Number From Google Voice For New 603 Number With PhonePower For My OBi.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related posts:
>> Switched to PhonePower —
>> May 14, 2014.
>> $60/year PhonePower option
>>Apr. 21, 2014.
>> VoicePro option — Apr. 19, 2014.
>> Obi110 without Google Voice —
>> Apr. 16, 2014.

>> Obi-based Guruge network — Nov. 24, 2013.
>>  Obi110 Voice Service BridgeNov. 14, 2013.
++++ Search ‘OBi‘ for other related posts >>>>>


As I bemoaned in yesterday’s post one drawback I encountered when switching over from Google Voice to paid, unlimited PhonePower was that the registration process INSISTED that I enter, and use my, Google Voice number.

I really wasn’t keen to do that. Google Voice does not, or at least did not use to, support the New Hampshire area code — i.e., 603. So I had to get a 207, i.e., Maine, area code with Google Voice. I hated using that because that is what appeared on Caller ID — and it confused most (though a few, who would not normally answer their phone, answered because they wanted to see who was calling them from Maine).

Today, though I knew they would be busy, I got in line at PhonePower support online chat. I was #9 in the queue. Wasn’t a problem. I could continue doing other stuff.

Funny.

They don’t see or even know of my 207 number!

They only know me via the new 603 number they gave me yesterday — albeit at my request.

They fixed the Caller Id thing in seconds. I tried it out by calling my cell. Yes, I now have 603 on my outbound PhonePower calls. I am happy.

So just letting YOU know.

All the best.

PhonePower appears to work. Their call log/history nowhere near as good as Google Voice. Damn.


Click to ENLARGE. The new Guruge household phone system with VoIP from PhonePower (rather than Google Voice).

Click to ENLARGE. The new Guruge household phone system with VoIP from PhonePower (rather than Google Voice).


PhonePower dashboard -- pretty comprehensive though I couldn't change Caller ID using it.

PhonePower dashboard — pretty comprehensive though I couldn’t change Caller ID using it.


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