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1940 Buick Eight, With Fixed Metal External Sun Visor, At Alton (N.H.) McDonald’s On June 19, 2014.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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It was last Thursday afternoon and I saw it as I was approaching the Alton rotary — from Rte 28 (West). It was already on the rotary. I immediately spotted the fixed, external metal visor. You don’t see those anymore. I guess they wreak havoc to the aerodynamics of a car and I can just imagine the forces exerted on it at speed. I wanted the kids to see it. I had a hunch that it would pull into McDonald’s. Took a ‘wager’ with the kids. I won. It did pull into McDonald’s. I followed it and managed to park right next to it.

Not having grown up here and with nearly all the cars in Ceylon, in my time, having been European, I don’t know much about old American cars. But, I know a cool car when I see it.

They were from Maine. I asked permission to take some pictures. Luckily Deanna had her camera on her. The driver told me it was a 1940. Wow. Even older than me. Showed the kids the visor. They, as I knew, thought it was cool. The lights at the back are so small compared to the rest of the car. Interesting. Not sure of the ‘heraldry’ on the ‘shield’ (coat of arms). Let me look it up. Wow. $250 for an emblem. OK. Found it on Wikipedia: “The Buick Trishield is rooted in the ancestral coat of arms of the automaker’s founder, David Dunbar Buick. That crest was a red shield with a checkered silver and azure diagonal line from the upper left to lower right, a stag above, and a punctured cross below. The division adopted this on its radiator grilles in 1937. In 1960, the logo underwent a major overhaul. Its single shield was replaced by a trio …” That stag is pretty stylized.

Anyway … ENJOY. Thought you might like to see the pictures. That is about all I know. Oh, I found out that the name denotes a straight 8 — like what they used on planes. Didn’t get the capacity or horsepower. Quick Google. Anything from 3L to 5L. 128hp to 168hp. Wow. We have come a long way. What does a stock 5L produce now — upwards of 350?

“Hyde Park On Hudson” — A Delightful, Poignant, Historically Accurate & Educational Movie.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Picture from the "Hot Dog" picnic. From the National Archives ... which actually has a blog with a post on the 'Hot Dogs'. Click to access.

Picture from the “Hot Dog” picnic. From the National Archives … which actually has a blog with a post on the ‘Hot Dogs’. Click to access.


I have been meaning to catch this movie for ‘months’ and we finally got, thanks to the HBO weekend, to DVR it and watch it over the weekend. We both liked it. It will be hard NOT to like this movie. Very well done. I did not know any of this about FDR and it was quite an eye opener. Most of what I know of him one way or another is related to the close relationship he had with Churchill during WW II.

I was not aware of the Hot Dog menu and picnic. In this movie they seems to have gone out of their way to make them look more phallic than they need to be. But, it is a movie and they have to make a point.

Quite a guy FDR. It portrays him very warmly and he comes across as very avuncular. The emerging relationship between him and the King is fascinating and very poignant. Very good. A definite must watch. Up there with “King’s Speech” — which I rented and watched the day it was released on DVD.

I will now never be able to eat another hot dog, and I eat a few A DAY, without thinking of the King, FDR, Eleanor, Daisy and the extravagantly curved hot dogs depicted in the movie.


Tomorrow, June 25, Happens To Be An Exxon Valdez Anniversary, 6 Years Since The Supreme Court Vacated The $2.5 Billion Award.

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The “Exxon Valdez” oil spill was the BIG news du jour at the time my eldest daughter ‘Danielle‘ was born on April 4, 1989.  So this year, as I did note at the time, was the 25th anniversary of that sad event. I also noted how I used to see the ex-Captain, Joseph Hazelwood, at the Meredith, N.H. library.

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Check out Paul’s new Website, especially the cases he has handled and the cases he now deals with. Click …

Since doing that post I have learned a lot more about the Exxon Valdez — in particular about the lawsuit and how the Supreme Court found the damages granted by lower courts excessive. Our own David Souter issued the judgement. June 25th is the anniversary of that decision. I learned all of this from Alton-resident Paul Monzione, the Trial Lawyer, who has his main office in Wolfeboro, N.H. Paul was involved in claims for compensation for damages caused by spill. I find that amazing that we have a local lawyer who was involved with the Exxon Valdez case. But, then again, Paul in his storied career has been involved in cases against R.J. Reynolds, KAL 007, Pan Am Flight 103, MGM Grand Hotel fire etc. etc. I keep on urging him to write a book — and this is without mentioning that his clients have included Lana TurnerZsa Zsa GaborChuck Berry and Mohammed Ali. he now works out of Wolfeboro though many of his clients, from what I hear, are still on the West Coast.

So, I just wanted to make sure that I got this anniversary in the ‘books’. Thanks Paul.


“Market Basket” CEO, A Demoulas, Ousted Over The 4% Cash Back? Wow!

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Click to access WMUR coverage.


Wasn’t sure how to react when I read this story on WMUR early (i.e., 12:30 am) this morning — whether I should laugh, be sad, be upset or do all.

I am a huge fan of Market Basket. It is a family joke that I am pathologically incapable of going to or through Concord WITHOUT stopping at Market Basket. As it happened we had been at Market Basket both Sunday and Monday of this week — Sunday the one in Portsmouth when we were coming back from Strawbery Banke and on Monday, Concord, because we were driving through. We typically try to do two ‘BIG” shops at Market Basket a month. Though we go to Concord the most, I actually like the ones in Tilton and Portsmouth better — just a question of distance. I don’t like the one in Rochester and have not been to it in over 5 years. [I have heard that it has been refurbished and might be better than what it used to be.]

I like the prices at Market Basket, which are always competitive, I like their prepared food and I was amused by their 4% — especially how they highlight what you saved on each shop on your bill with a yellow highlighter. 4% is 4%. Since I easily spend at least $400/month at Market Basket that is $16/month. That pays for 10 days of red wine.

So, yes I am distressed that they would fire the CEO about the 4% — especially since, I assume, that the Board must have given him approval to institute the 4% off for ‘this year’ (till December yy, 2014, I think).

“Demoulas” and I go back a long time — 28 years. I came to New England, in September 1986, to work for Wang, in Lowell. Lowell was the spiritual epicenter of Demoulas Supermarkets at the time. I actually ended up marrying into, what they call in Lowell, a “Demoulas family” — no, no, no, not part of the Demoulas family, but a family where nearly everyone, at some point, had worked in a Demoulas store. My ex-wife’s uncle, ‘Norman’, from what I recall, was “like the #4 employee” hired by the original Demoulas brothers when they took over the first Lowell store. The rest really was history. He stayed with them for all his working life and did very well thanks to the Brothers — and only ever had the BEST to say about them. Yes, he was a manager for over 20 years and his son followed him into management. Thanks to him nearly all of his nephews and nieces had, at some point, worked for Demoulas.

Yes, I remember when all the Demoulas stores in MA and NH had a “Yum Yum” store next to them. Yes, I knew of the legal battles, the disputes and the family feud though I hadn’t paid much attention to it because my connections with Lowell kind of ended around 1998.

So, I was not happy to read what I did read this morning. It is a shame. I just hope that they keep the ‘boat’ on a fairly even keel. I like Market Basket — and the 4% sure helped us.


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