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Archive | May 2015

Dr. Assad Meymandi’s Monday “Musings” On St. Dorothea Lynde Dix of Maine.

Dr. Assad Meymandi: Scientist, Philosopher and Philanthropist.

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Just a snippet from the Musings I kindly received by e-mail on Sunday.

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Click here to access the complete story
from Dr. Meymandi’s WordPress blog.


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KIA Sportage 3 Year Lease — We ‘Grounded’ SUV with 27 Days To Spare & 7K Miles Under.

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This, the last weekend of May, has been quite the weekend for us — by design. June, with June 27 Deanna’s birthday, tends to be a ‘landmark’ month for us. As it happened, couple of key things were coming to their expiration in June 2015.

One was the detested DirecTV two-year contract that was coming to an end on June 21, 2015. The other was the 3-year, 36,000 mile KIA Sportage lease which we signed for on Deanna’s birthday 3 years ago and as such was terminating on June 27, 2015.

With BOTH DirecTV and KIA I wanted to terminate AHEAD of the expiration, albeit for different reasons. I just detested DirecTV and wanted OUT as soon as possible. And that I managed after 4 phone calls and one chat session.

Leased vehicles in New Hampshire have arbitrary registration ‘months’ independent of the birthday of the leasee — whereas with vehicles you purchase the registration month is keyed to the owner’s birthday. The KIA Lease registration month — which also ties into the State inspection month — is May. So the KIA registration/inspection were both expiring today, May 31.

I was in no mood to register the KIA for 3 weeks and go through an inspection. Just was not worth it. Was easier and cheaper just to return it 3 weeks early. The KIA lease terms permit this. you can return a lease 28 days ahead of expiration. So that is what I did.

All worked out.

Returning the KIA, to Autoserv Belmont, was a pleasure and joy.

The Sales manager at KIA Autoserv Belmont, Tim Paradis, is ‘A-OK’!

IF I had met him before I might have leased another KIA. He was good. Very personable, likeable … HONEST guy. Trust me. I, in my old age, an impeccable judge of character. Tim Paradis was good. We liked him (even before we discovered that he likes Jaguars and has owned some). IF you want a car go see Tim at Autoserv Belmont.

I have nothing against KIA (or for that matter Hyundai) vehicles. Mechanically and functionally they are ultra-reliable and rugged. Never had a single problem with the KIA — but we also only drove it for 28,500 miles. Very reliable and dependable. All of my issues are with the people and the Company. Tim Paradis was a pleasant exception. I guess KIA folks are under huge pressure to perform and as such end up acting weird — and that is being polite.

As I suspected would happen (I knowing how leasing works) Autoserv promptly BOUGHT the car from KIA Lease when we returned it. That was a given with the low milage. To be fair they got a bargain. Even I toyed with the idea of buying from KIA and then trying to sell. But, with my luck I would have lost money.

So that is the end of the KIA. Doubt whether KIA will figure in our lives anytime soon. But ANOTHER Jag might!.


DirecTV — I Cancelled Account, 3 Weeks Ahead Of 2-Years, BUT I Paid For Last Month.

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I hated DirecTV, with a vengeance, from the very first day I had it installed on June 21, 2013. Just check the above posts. It was a litany of never ending lies, scams and deception. I had to contact the BBB to help them sought out the initial order FRAUD and it was settled in my favor.

I vowed on these pages that I will get rid of DirecTV the very first day that I could — without giving them the satisfaction of charging me a cancellation penalty. I even set up this (— >>>) countdown clock.

Well DirecTV charges a month ahead, and given their unscrupulousness actually charges you one day AHEAD each month. So I had DirecTV installed on a 21st BUT they insist on charging my credit card on the 20th of each month. C’est la vie. The least of their many sins.

So on May 20, 2015, I paid for May 21 to June 20, 2015. That was the end of my contract. I called on May 21 to cancel. They said it was too early.

I called again on Friday, May 29, 2015. I called them twice and also talked with them on chat — and I have the transcript. Eventually they said that my account was closed.

It wasn’t. On Saturday, May 30, I still had service.

I called again. They said I was cancelled BUT they were keeping my service on …

So, that was 3 phone calls and one chat … and I still had service.

Around 3:30pm, Saturday, a very greasy sounding clown from DirecTV calls me up — on my cell — and starts with this “So, how can we rectify this mistake …” spiel. I blew my top. Though I give the impression of losing my temper and getting angry in reality I ONLY allow myself, AT MOST, 2 actual temper tantrums a year. [It has all to do with mind control.] But the two temper tantrums I permit myself, a year, are DOOZIES. I go to town. I go up one side of a person and down the other. As some of you know I do not swear. I don’t even use the ‘s’ word — which I detest. Yes, I frequently use damn, bloody and occasionally ‘bugger’ but we Brits do NOT consider those swear words — and “bugger” in Ceylon/Sri Lanka is a term of endearment. But I have a extremely potent vocabulary of swear words and can swear very effectively. I let that idiot from DirecTV have it with both barrels. I enjoyed it. Within seconds he was WHIMPERING: “OK. OK. I will cancel your account. You can stop now.” It was fun. The service is now disconnected.

I feel such a sense of relief. I really hated DirecTV and as with my temper I make sure that I do not hate many things — at any given time since that is a waste of time and energy. So as with the 2 tantrums a year I try to limit the things I hate at any given time to 2. That works. So for the last 2 years I have only hated two things: DirecTV and …. Now I am down to one. It gets better. I never really hated KIA, just disliked them, but in a couple of hours I am getting rid of our KIA Sportage too — 28 days ahead of its lease-end. But as with DirecTV I have paid up and can now return it. More on that once I actually


Mary Had A Little Lamb, Actually Two, One White & One Black — At ‘Appleview Orchard’, Pittsfield, New Hampshire.

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That is Mary, without her lambs, hiding at the back (right).

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“Appleview Orchard”, Pittsfield, New Hampshire,
is where we typically go, each Fall, for apple picking.
See links above.

Mary is the co-owner of this farm. Hence, Mary had a little lamb.


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Mary’s Golden, ‘Rusty’, herding ‘Ivory’ the white lamb.

8 second YouTube video. CUTE as can be.

Click to access 8 second YouTube video (shot from an iPhone, of course).


The farm is OPEN and selling ice cream and other stuff. Mary and the lambs are there, as is Rusty. Dennis, Mary’s husband, is there too. Go visit. Delightful place. Click here to access their Website.


“Mr. Selfridge”, The British TV Series On PBS, Wonderfully Compelling — Great Antidote For “Downton Abbey” Withdrawal.

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Thanks to our  Roku 3 and our Amazon Prime membership we all got hooked, hook, line and sinker, in watching “Downton Abbey“. Watching multi-season, multi-episode programs like this is a breeze with Amazon Prime — though I ended up having to pay to watch the last season (but it was well worth the money). While I loved the show too, it was particularly gratifying to see how Deanna and the kids, especially 9-year old Teischan, got so immersed in it — learnt a LOT about British culture, history and WW I — and enjoyed the nuances of British life. That is good. Though they have yet to visit Britain, Britain is in there future! They know that, and I know that.

After we had watched ALL the episodes, within a space of about 6 weeks, the question arose as to what would come after “Downton”. I want to start watching “Upstairs/Downstairs”. We watched the two episodes that were available on Prime. Teischan liked it. She is really becoming a sucker for anything British. But I need to sign up for ‘Acorn’, on the Roku, to get ALL the episodes. And I haven’t done that yet. There is SO MUCH just on Prime that it seems churlish to sign up for more channels.

So, I was scrolling through Prime looking for other alternatives. I saw “Mr. Selfridge“. I had seen and heard about it when it was showing on PBS but had never watched it — because I had stopped watching Masterpiece on PBS.

While the others, as I just said earlier, have yet to visit the U.K., I am no stranger to Selfridges. I first went to Selfridges in September 1967. [Deanna was 3 months old at the time.] That was my first time to Britain. My (adopted) mother had visited the U.K. twice before — without me. She had discovered Selfridges and just adored it. It was her favorite store in the whole wide world and she truly traveled the world and shopped around the world. If she was within 50 miles of London she had to visit Selfridges. She was a Anglophile and having been born in 1931 had Victorian values and tastes. She was big into makeup (which she wore too much of), perfume, jewelry and handbags. Selfridges, at least in her time, did not really sell saris. So she couldn’t buy saris there — but she made up for it on the ground floor of Selfridges. By the 1970s, when my (adoptive) father started working for UNESCO, money was not an issue and my mother was indulged in her spending (to compensate that she had been taken away from her extended family in Ceylon). Harry Gordon Selfridge would have loved my mother (and most people did). She could have put Lady Mae to shame when it came to buying things. When it came to money my mother was very ‘innocent’. She really had no understanding and my father let her have ‘her fun’ because other than shopping my mother didn’t have too many indulgences — other than giving money, food and goods to anyone and anybody she met! IF she couldn’t make up her mind between one, two or three things, my father (impatient too), would just tell her to buy all three (or more). I still remember this with three watches. My mother couldn’t make up her mind as to which one she liked. So my father told the sales assistant that he would buy all three and we are not talking about cheap watches.

Harrods. A totally different ‘class’, in every sense of the word, to Selfridges.

So I have spent a lot of time in Selfridges, 1967 to around 1999. For 6 months, 1979 – 1980, I worked, for UNIVAC, in an office in Wigmore St. — which is just behind Selfridges. Two to three times a week I would just walk through Selfridges just to absorb the ‘color’. So I know Selfridges well — and Selfridges in 1967 and the 1970s STILL had the look and feel of what is shown in the show. Despite this familiarity, I had NO IDEA about Harry Gordon Selfridge or the history! Would never have guessed that it was the creation of a Yank. It is SO British. However, I will have to confess, that unlike my mother, Selfridges was NOT my favorite store in London. I was and will always be a Harrods man. I just love Harrods. Harrods is ME. Yes, yes, yes. I know. In the 1980s (when I used to be rich) I had a £4,000 Harrods account. I was so thrilled and proud of it. I kept that account for a long time even once I was living here.

Deanna and the kids, not to mention I, got totally hooked by this series TOO. Watched all of it — buying Season 3 — in quick successions, sometimes, if there was no school the next days, THREE (3) episodes in a night (135 minutes, since they are 45 minute shows).

Brilliant show. I checked some of the facts. Much of it, maybe 80%, if not more, is factual. Beautifully and sumptuously shot. Really captures what was Victorian era Selfridges and the ground floor in 1967 looked very much like what is shown in the show. GREAT SHOW. Watch it. It is on Amazon Prime. 


From PBS. Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use this link to access original at PBS.org: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/programs/series/mr-selfridge/


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Jaguar Association of New England (JANE) Super Spring Slalom, June 20, 2015 in North Andover, MA.

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Click here to access the J-A-N-E official Website.


I am NOT a member of JANE — at least not as yet. I, however, get some e-mails from them forwarded by the “British Cars of New Hampshire” (BCNH) which we are members.

Since this event is open to non-members I thought I will SHARE it with you. It should be fun.

No, we don’t plan to be there. Over the last few days, with a BCNH monthly meeting coming up on Monday, June 1, 2015, I am confronting, for the first time, a DILEMMA! Am I that interest — and, moreover, do I really have the time — to just socialize with other British car owners! Yes, of course, being the ‘closet extrovert’ that I am, I would love it. And I would love seeing the cars. BUT whatever time I can spare I would rather be driving the MGB or XJ8 rather than chatting! Plus the meeting is in Candia. 1 hour drive, each way. It is a real dilemma. I will see what happens.

Plus I have to make time to go see some XJs!

P.S., Ignore the ‘2014’ TYPO.


“Penned”, A Social Writing APP, For Budding Fiction Authors To Share Their Work & Thoughts With An Audience.

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Use links below to access the relevant Websites.

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Click here to access the Penned APP at the Google Play APP store.
Also available for Apple i<devices>.

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Click here to access the Penned APP Website.


The creator of this interesting APP, Brian Sanders, sent me an e-mail Friday morning asking me, very politely, whether I would tell YOU about this aid for fiction writers.

I am happy to do so and immediately send the links to our local, soon to be published, fiction authoress, Alton’s Brandy DiFauda.

Check it out. It sure has potential and promise for writers.


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