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Went Swimming In The Lake, i.e., Halfmoon Lake, Alton (N.H.), For The First Time In 2014 Yesterday — June 30.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


Anura Guruge

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I thought I was at least a week behind ‘schedule’ and I was going to ‘blame’ it on us having been away much of last week. But I knew that I had the exact date of last year’s first swim enshrined, for posterity, on this blog.

WOW! I was actually 9 days ahead of last year. I am amazed, but pleased.

In my ‘middle ages’, given that I have lived in N.H.’s Lakes Region since 1991, mid-June used to be my traditional target date to start swimming in ‘the lake’ — the lakes over time having been ‘Shaw’s Pond’ in New Durham, the ‘Big Lake’ in Meredith (1997 – 1999) and Gilford (2000 – 2006) and now ‘Halfmoon’ in Alton since 2007.

Now much older and with considerably less insulation I need the water temps to be higher. Yesterday was tolerable. Maybe even pleasant. I did a decent swim.

I still feel the loss of 2 pounds of buoyancy as a result of losing weight. It is still very noticeable. All I can say is ‘WOW’ … who would have thought. I now make allowances for it.

Well, now that I started swimming I will try and swim, near daily, well into September. I like swimming. So in the Summer it becomes a run up Prospect Mountain in the morning and a swim in the evenings. Works for me.

So Summer is here. Come up and enjoy it folks.

The Always Delectable ‘Annie & The Orphans’ Will Be At Cate Park, Wolfeboro, N.H. on July 5, 2014, At 7 pm For FREE Concert.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


Anura Guruge

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 July 14, 2013.

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I think they are the Cat’s Whiskers. I got to know them years ago when they were a annual staple at Sandwich Fair.

2014 is their 50th year as a band!

They are good, very, very, very good. ‘Anatole‘ (i.e., Annie) and his boy orphans are just unmitigated, very talented entertainment.

I will ‘walk’ a long way to see them. Last year, at Cate Park, they were so brilliant that they kept a huge impending storm at bay.

We have a crazy schedule this whole week, into Saturday (as we also did last week), BUT we plan to be there for “Annie and the Orphans” and I will, after the show, go and press the flesh with the boys. They are just a  group of men. Very uncomplicated fun.

As we used to say in the 1960s (and I remember vividly since I didn’t do the drugs) “Be There, Or Be Square”!


Thanks Anatole. YOU are THE MAN!

Acadia National Park, Maine — 3 Obscure Facts.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

Anura Guruge

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>> Grand Canyon
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One of the many ailments that afflicts me is my inability to turn off my brain. I can’t stop thinking. I even think in my sleep. If I am driving, which I am doing much, much more recently, my brain is craving thinks to crunch. So I have to pay heed to this need. So while in Acadia last week I got thinking, while driving the 27-mile “Park Loop Road”, for the ‘umteenth’ time, about some of the more obscure things about the park. I shared my thoughts. The kids thought that it was typical Dad and that they were hilarious. I told them that I was going to stop at the Hulls Cove Visitor Center and ask the Park Rangers about them. Of that they had no doubts. They are used to me asking questions of people in my never ending quest for knowledge. So we eventually made it to the Visitor Center, I beat them up the long flight of steps (still hanging on to the family tradition that I have yet to be beaten by any of my kids when it comes to running up stairs), and I stood in line to ask the two female Park Rangers my three questions.

1. How many people die in Acadia National Park, on average, a year?

They looked at each other and nervously giggled. I guess they don’t get that question every day — though they should because this park has some REAL dangerous parts, like cliffs that fall into the ocean. After much looking at each other, and I helping them along by saying that I thought about ’11 died a year at the Grand Canyon’ they reluctantly volunteered that it was ‘couple’. They were not sure! I will research this further. Their was a pause and much smiling. Then they felt obliged to share that this ‘couple’ number did NOT include those that might get washed out into the ocean! Oh! I understand. The ocean is not part of the Park. So if you fell into the Ocean then that is technically not a death that happened within the Park. Hey, come on. They are Government employees and as such are entitled to be precise. We left it at that, with more smiles all around. The kids loved it. To them this is Dad — their very strange Dad.

2. How many accidents do they have a year, on average, with people accidently going the wrong-way on the ONE-WAY segment of the 27-mile Park Loop Road?

They were quicker to respond to this than to my first question. First take was that: “it wasn’t many” — and that the one-way system is very well marked. I, politely, disagreed BECAUSE I had been taking mental notes the last time I was on the one-way system — just a couple of hours earlier. The one-way system, which is very odd (in that you are also allowed to arbitrarily park on the right lane where ever you want), is indeed very well marked at its two ends and at junctions. BUT there are no reminder signs, enforcement signs or any special markings on the road surface WITHIN the system. So if you stop, go for a hike and come back — it would be possible to forget that you are on the one-way part SINCE other parts of the Loop are two-way. That was my point. Accidental ‘U-turns’ with people forgetting that they were on the one-way system. Eventually they agreed that there were some but not as many as you would expect. I can buy that. People typically don’t drive too fast within the Park. So that will definitely help. People are unlikely to report every instance of wrong way driving they see. The Park is patrolled — but not that much. Something to keep an eye on.

3. How many people get lost, on average, a month.

They were prepared for this and actually laughed (I guess in relief) since this was probably an easy question. Appears quite a few. The Park does have a search and rescue unit and it appears that they do get called into action fairly regularly. That was what I expected to hear.

I thanked them profusely. There were two folks standing behind me — probably thinking “this brown guy must be mental”. But, I needed to know. The kids were happy and impressed. They had learned something. Plus, who knows, I might write a book about Acadia National Park.

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