by Anura Guruge
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014.
I went for my run, up Prospect Mountain Road, with the dogs, around 9:40 am. Dry, relatively warm but gloomy. Got back around 10:30. Still dry. Went and located 6 snow shovels and my snow pusher. Brought them around from above the garage and placed them in their designated spots outside. Moved some stuff outside — like a mirror. Still dry. Quite nice. So I kind of pottered around outside. A few, odd, and very odd were they indeed, started coming down. The pace accelerated even as I watched. In 40 minutes we had an inch.
By 3 pm, when I was taking my lunch break, we have upward of 6 inches. It is blinking beautiful out there. I wish all of you could enjoy it. It is all white, blacks and grays. A winter wonderland for us who are used to the snow and the cold. There is a lot of snow.
We will shovel in the morning. That should be fun. I am told it is heavy. Heart attack snow.
The first 3 pictures, taken around 3 pm, in Alton, New Hampshire, will give you a GREAT idea as to how much snow we have had. I reproduced them full-size so you can enlarge them to gauge the depth.
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All taken, handheld, with my refurbished Canon T3i.
by Anura Guruge
>> Junaid Khan concussion.
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I kind of said everything I had to say about this issue, i.e., how wearing helmets is creating a sense of uncalled for invincibility, in this August post — after Pakistan’s Junaid Khan got hit on the helmet in Sri Lanka.
My contention is very simple: too many batsmen are getting hit on their helmeted heads BECAUSE they are wearing helmets — and as such are much more cavalier about treating short-pitched balls with the respect they demand AND have NOT LEARNED all the proper techniques of dealing with a bouncer without getting hit on the noggin.
Remember helmets are NEW in what is a sport that goes back centuries. Helmets were not even widely used at the start of the 1980s. So helmets have not even been around for 30 years and we have been playing Test Cricket for 137 years. And trust me, ask anybody who was around or look it up, there were fast bowlers in the 1970s & 1960s, most of them tall and black as coal, who were as quick, if not quicker, than any of today’s quickies. But here is the crazy thing. Prior to helmets we didn’t get too many people taking FULL blows to their head with a cricket ball. Prior to helmets you just could NOT afford to take the risk. A cricket ball making contact with your temple at 85 mph will give you more than a bad headache.
Now with helmets I see batsmen ducking into balls. It is BECAUSE they have a helmet. No technique, no sense.
But it is like the gun laws in the U.S. Nobody will have the courage to argue the issue at the ICC. But maybe IF we get a spate of injuries, and this is the 3rd helmet related injury I have seen since August, the ICC may be forced to act. Banning helmets, altogether, batting, keeping and fielding will take a LOT of guts. But it will save players and it will save the game.
I hope Phil is OK. I feel bad for anybody who gets hit with a cricket ball.
I Signed Up For 2015 Insurance On Healthcare.gov, aka, Obamacare [i.e., ACA], Website Without Too Much Grief.
by Anura Guruge
>> Prior logons appear to work — Oct. 9, 2014.
>> 5 Healthcare carriers in NH in 2015 — Sep. 4, 2014.
>> 2015 Obamacare coverage in NH — Sep. 3, 2014.
>> ‘coveringnewhampshire.org’ … — Aug. 26, 2014.
>> You may LOSE Obamacare (i.e., ACA)
>> Healthcare Subsidies — July 17, 2014.
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Given all the cruel and unusual grief I suffered last year trying to sign up for 2014 coverage, and the amount of harassment I have endured this year with ‘the system’ incessantly demanding documents from me, I was dreading having to sign up for 2015 insurance. Not only is it the law (and I can’t afford to cough the penalty) my precarious health dictates that I have at least catastrophic coverage to keep the family from the ‘Poor House’ the next time I fall ill.
I had kind of worked out a strategy to hopefully minimize any system load related grief. I was going to sign up on the late afternoon of Wednesday, November 26, when everybody else would be busy trying to get where they were going for Thanksgiving. I had assumed that the day before Turkey would be a quiet day for healthcare.gov. I am sure the same will be true over the whole 4-day Thanksgiving period but I didn’t want to tackle it on a holiday or when Internet traffic would be at a peak on Black Friday.
But as with all my plans I didn’t stick to it. Over the last 2 weeks as the very observant among you may have noticed I have switched my schedule around. I no longer pots or doing anything serious on this blog during the day. Instead I work on the book. That way I can devote some quality writing time to the book. Today, for a change, I made some good progress on the book. 30% done. I was ready to start a new section. It was just past 4 pm. Occurred to me that IF I try and get my Obamacare taken care of today, I will have tomorrow free to work on the book. So I gingerly logged onto healthcare.gov around 4:10 pm. Being who I am, I had made sure that my logon worked on November 15th itself — i.e., the very day the system opened for 2015 enrollment. Actually, being who I am, I checked it a few times! Remember I am the one that has contingency plans for contingency plans.
Logon worked fine. Quick. No problems. Like night and day compared to the nightmare of last year. The process wasn’t too bad. Yes, I did NOT have to enter much data. Just verify and confirm information from last year. But they do insist on a tedious Q&A process. But, it was OK. I was done within about 45 minutes.
My premium went up 12%. I could have got a lower premium with one of the new carriers but from what I could see their network really had no doctors. So wasn’t much use having insurance with them if they don’t have any ‘in-network’ doctors.
I am SURE there is a GLITCH with dental insurance. As was also the case last year, though dental is OPTIONAL, it doesn’t appear to let you SKIP dental! I was going to skip it this year. But after 2 attempts to say NO and move on I decided that it must be fate. I had to have the damn insurance. So I got it. It had gone up 16%.
Yes, being the PRO I am with this system I UPLOADED the documents I had to submit. Got all the GREEN submitted and completed boxes. BUT, of NO! I already created a fat envelope with copies of the documents. Going to send it certified mail tomorrow. Not doing the same dance as last year.
But now will begin the tango with Anthem and Delta. But at least I have stuff already in place with them.
I will, of course, keep you posted.