by Anura Guruge
Edgewater, MD 21037
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
Phone: (410) 266-2498
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I know there are people far and wide looking for this information.
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Health Insurer Anthem Hack Was Inexcusable. Rank Incompetence. Inept CIO Tom Miller Must Be Fired Without Compensation.
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There is no conceivable excuse for this.
This was rank indifference and incompetence.
This blithering idiot needs to be fired, publicly, ASAP — without any compensation.
Shameless excuse for human being let alone a CIO.
Not that concerned about my health records at Anthem.
They didn’t have any!
But I am in line for the lawsuit.
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Last year it was on January 31st and the year before on February 10th. It was on Valentine’s Day, which happened to also be a Sunday, in 2010. I remember Boston Chinatown mobbed and waiting 40 minutes to get a table for dim sum at the ‘China Pearl‘. Next year it will be on February 8 and the year after that on January 28.
The Chinese New Year has to always fall between January 21st and February 20th. So to be fair this year is close, but there is still a day’s margin left. Typically the Chinese New Year, which is lunisolar-based [i.e., based on both the Moon and Sun] falls on the second New Moon after the Winter Solstice. In December 2014 the New Moon occurred the day after the Solstice. That was partly to blame. But then there is Lìchūn the start of the Chinese Spring based on the Sun. It typically occurs around February 4th or 5th. New Year must be the New Moon closest to Lìchūn. But the January New Moon was on January 20. One day outside the permissible timeframe for the New Year. Hence February 19th.
The dragon parades and fireworks in Boston Chinatown, as always, will be on the 2nd Sunday following the February 19th New Year. So that will be March 1, 2015. I will keep you updated on that.
This Saturday, Boston’s “Dance Revelasian” will be performing at the Union Building at UNH (University of New Hampshire), Durham at 7pm. Tickets, $5/head, available at the door. There will be another celebration of the New Year at UNH, in the same building, on Thursday, February 26, 2015 — in the evening. I will get more data on that soon.
So happy New Year. Stay tuned.
by Anura Guruge
Teischan & I were at the McDonald’s in Laconia (New Hampshire) on Tuesday evening around 5:15pm. We had gone to Laconia to pick up a new frame for her glasses. By 5 Teischan is always hungry and gets even more so if we are within 3 miles of a McD. Plus I like the McDonald’s in Laconia. It makes me really appreciate how pitiful our local one in Alton is.
I had gone to get my ice coffee and was coming back to the main counter when I heard a male voice saying “I want 7 sugars and 7 creams in that coffee”. It took me back a bit. 7 sugars? I was sure that he was getting multiple cups and that the 7 was across all of them. I was wrong. He was getting one large McCafe with 7 sugars and 7 creams. I was flabbergasted. I won’t mention what color he was other than that he was not caucasian. He was about my height but I was 1/3rd his volume. He was a big man. Very full of himself. Flashily dressed. He could very well have been in the pharmaceutical industry.
I picked up our order and waited until he left. I then asked the counter person whether he actually had 7 sugars and 7 creams in his coffee. The mentality of some McD employees is worthy of study. This guy thought that I was shocked that McD had NOT said no to that much ‘extras’. His response was: “We don’t charge more for extra sugar or cream. We give as much as you want”. Oh dear.
As for the sweet toothed, roly-poly I couldn’t figure out whether it was ignorance, nonchalance or just bravado. The belief that ordering a coffee with that much sugar made him look cool. He obviously did not care about the dangers of diabetes — especially given that some folks are known to be more prone to diabetes than others.
I came home and told Deanna. I was shocked and saddened. I know what diabetes can do for you. If nothing else, in the case of a man, you need to start worrying about your manhood. I did some calculations today. That cup of coffee had around 320 calories. That is more than a McD burger which has about 219. But the problem is that 35% of those calories were from straight sugar. That is not good. Actually very bad.
A shame. A shame. But to be fair this guy probably isn’t thinking that far ahead. Live for the day.
Just in case you didn’t know McDonald’s do have Splenda and you can have as much as you want.