by Anura Guruge
>> ‘Official’ Fall Foliage Updater — Oct. 2, 2013.
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On my ‘near daily’ 2.5 mile run up (and down) Prospect Mountain Road yesterday it crossed my mind that I was not seeing any early tinges of foliage. I also remembered that I had seen some vivid indications of early foliage last year — definitely in August.
This morning while brushing my teeth I had a look outside to see if I could see any foliage given that our bathroom overlooks a sea of green. Noticed just a hint of orange on the gaggle of Stag’s Horn plants we have behind the house. That was about it.
I had another look on my run today. It is all green.
So I checked this blog to see when I first spotted foliage in 2013. August 6! Wow. That was three weeks ago.
Interesting if not outright strange. It has been getting cold at night, quite cold, since LAST Wednesday, i.e., August 13, 2014. We had a BIG storm that night. The weather turned, dramatically, since then. Don’t care what the ‘professionals’ have to say, I know because I live it. Got colder in the evenings and it seems to get darker a tad sooner than I expect. Funnily enough two people on the ‘Great Waters’ cruise on Sunday were talking about this VERY thing before I interjected. They too had noticed.
I made a point of swimming, in Halfmoon Lake, Alton, N.H., yesterday and day before. It was cold! Borderline. I really wanted to swim. I hate it when I stop swimming for the Summer. To me that is the END of the Summer. Not many swimming. I am hoping that we get a few 80F days that might heat up the water. Yikes.
I will keep an eye out for ‘early’ foliage. NOT running for the next fews days. But, I will be out and about.
by Anura Guruge
>> Market Basket, Concord, N.H. — Aug. 4, 2014.
>> Market Basket, Concord, N.H. — July 25, 2014.
>> Demoulas firing impact in N.H. — July 21, 2014.
>> Arthur T. Demoulas firing over 4% — June 24, 2014.
Found the link to the above article on ‘Craigslist‘ last night — yet again confirming my stoutly maintained claim that CL, by far, is the best way to have your pulse on the local NE news, and to be daily reminded, not that I need any reminding living in lovely Alton, N.H., that rabid racism is alive and doing very well in MA, NH, ME and VT.
This article about Artie finally makes sense.
From ‘day 1’ I expressed incongruity that he had been supposedly fired for implementing the ‘year only’ 4% discount. Didn’t make sense since this, i.e., the 4% discount, would have required Board approval.
This whole thing about losing U.S. $46 Million on a bad Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac Preferred Stock deal in 2007-2008 makes much more sense. Kind of feel for him. I too dabbled in Fannie Mae stock during that time period — but not in Preferred Stock. I think I made a buck or two — and that is NOT a figure of speech. I literally made a buck or two.
This whole story is INTRIGUING and to an extent worrying.
He made up the $46 Million?
They had $46 Million lying around that they could just write-off the loss?
Now, I am having some concerns. I, like a million others, LOVE Market Basket prices. So, how do they do it? They pay more, they give better bonuses, they have a better pension plan and, MOREOVER, they can give us, for ‘a year’ a 4% discount. ON TOP of all this they can just fish up $46 Million. Hhmmmm!
This has to mean that other supermarket chains, e.g., Hannaford, MUST BE ripping us and their employees. Think about it. Market Basket appears to have SO MUCH MORE MARGIN than Hannaford — but lets face it 85% of their suppliers are the same. So figure it out.
Strange. Very strange.