Archive | December 27, 2014

My Christmas Day ‘Woodstock Lodge’, ‘Hotel Impossible’ & Anthony Melchiorri Post Was Quite The Hit On Twitter.

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by Anura Guruge


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‘Woodstock Lodge’ for sale.
>> Anthony Melchiorri responds.
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‘Woodstock Lodge’ on ‘Hotel Impossible’.

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I rarely Tweet. But, WordPress automatically generates a Tweet on my behalf each time I do a post. So many people get a snapshot of what appears here in the form of Tweets.

The way Twitter works per my settings, given that I don’t check Twitter per se that often, is that I get an e-mail each time there is is a ‘notification’ — essentially when somebody retweets, favorites or respond to one of my tweets.

Christmas night, when I was not expecting to see a much e-mail traffic, I saw a flurry of stuff from Twitter. I took a screenshot of some of it to share with you.

 Anthony Melchiorri, the striding host of “Hotel Impossible” (who had corresponded with me about “Woodstock Lodge” a few weeks ago) had got the ball rolling. I am impressed. He has quite the following, as he should. So I suspect much of the other activity stemmed from Anthony’s retweet. I am glad. Thank YOU, Anthony. Happy New Year. May 2015 be a grand year for “Hotel Impossible“.

I have had a number of e-mails about the Lodge being for sale. I thank you all.

Happy New Year. January is not a great month for real estate sales in New Hampshire. Not sure what it is like in the Hudson Valley.

I will try and keep you posted on the status of the sale. I am, of course, HOPING that somebody kindly e-mails me when it happens. I thank you in advance.


I Got A Train For Christmas — Just As I Did Last Year.

Christmas 2013.

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I am not sure whether it is funny or sad that a 61 year old man gets trains for Christmas. I don’t have a problem. I am delighted.

Not that I need any trains. I do have quite a collection and of late I have been trying to get rid of all the N-gauge train sets I have because I know, for a fact, that I will never get around to using them again.

But last year Deanna had seen this lovely tin train engine. She knows I like old tin toys. So she got it for me for Christmas. It was quite the hit.

So this year when she went Christmas shopping she was keeping an eye open for other old trains. She had seen this old HO set at an antique store. It is said to be from the 70s. She had no idea about the gauge.

I was chuffed to get an HO set! Given my vintage I, of course, grew up with Hornby OO and HO. But, I haven’t had an HO setup in 20 years or more. But, I knew I had at least one HO locomotive in my collection. I thought that that was also a Union Pacific as was the set Deanna had got. I was wrong. Yes, I have a rather elaborate, very long Union Pacific diesel — but it is an ‘N’. What I had was a ‘Chessie’ — which makes sense because when I came here in 1985 (for the second time around) I first lived in Woodbine, Maryland and had a ‘Chessie’ line nearby.

Teischan, and for that matter Devanee, likes trains. Teischan younger will still play with them. When I can get my Z-gauge working she will come and drive the engines for hours.

She took a shining to the HO set. I was delighted. I really wasn’t going to have time to play with it.

So I let her put it up. That is her big thing this Christmas. Doing toys on her own. Fine with me. So she assembled the track and got all the rolling stock lined up. I went and got the HO locomotive. The set worked. I had to reattach some of the track.

Teischan played with it for quite some time. I joined. It was fun. More fun to see her having fun.

It was good. Then embolden with our luck we tried Teischan’s drone. It worked too! We even managed to fly it off the roof in the dark and that was during our first flight! More on that later.


Alton, N.H.: Breakdown & Classification Of All The Properties In Town.

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I lucked out. I had been looking for a list the number of properties per town for New Hampshire. I wanted to use this with my Property Tax comparison charts to provide some kind of comparison metric — in this case average property tax assessment by town.

I already had the Total Valuation per town. In the case of Alton it is, for 2014-2015, $1,518,990,817.

Now I have the number of properties, though of course some of these (though a small percent), will not be assessed. Ignoring that as a ’rounding error’, if I divide the Total Valuation by 5,804 I get $261,714 as the average assessed value for Alton. I think that sounds right.

My plan is to do this for all 240+ towns. Then if you have a the average assessed value and the current rate rate you can make a better, more informed, comparison.

The list was NOT easy to find. I ended up writing to the N.H. Department of Revenue. They were beyond helpful. They didn’t have a list on file per se BUT they created one for me — as an Excel spreadsheet. They very kindly added as much data as they had including a breakdown such as above for each town (their spreadsheet using codes as opposed to descriptions). I have to work on their spreadsheet to get what I want BUT I thought I will see how the composition of Alton came out.

Enjoy. Happy New Year.

Thank YOU, N.H. Department of Revenue. 


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