Archive | January 2017

GoDaddy Support Is Insufferable — Over 80 Minute Wait Time; No Online Chat.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and read here. From “Down Detector” at:

I can relate to all of the above, except my issues were on Monday, January 30 & 31, 2017 rather than ‘3 days’ ago.

So this has been going on for days.

This is CRAZY and crazy bad.

I tried for 80 minutes — i.e., 1 hour 20 minutes — to get hold of GoDaddy support starting at 8:15pm (Eastern) on Monday, January 30, 2017. I just gave up. NO online chat support though this would still have been early in Arizona. Not good.

I only have one site at GoDaddy now — my “Popes and Papacy“. It is the WordPress BLOG that is down.


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Just What America NEEDS Right Now — Order Chocolates At The Press Of A Button.

by Anura Guruge


Nothing helps beat stress like indulging in some good chocolates.

And in these stressful days, never run short of chocolates.

Just PRESS the AmazonDASH” button for chocolates.

Brilliant. I am so proud of Amazon and so glad that I am a (long term) AMZN shareholder.

Not for I though. I haven’t eaten anything chocolate, other than chocolate flavored yogurts, in 4 years.

But, I do try to maintain a stash of chocolates for others and for gifts. But, I am pretty good at keeping this stash replenished. So, I don’t think I will be needing this DASH button — not that I have any of DASH buttons. Easy enough for me to order online.


It has Wi-Fi inside. Wi-Fi setup using an Android or iOS APP. Neat.


Amazon’s explanation as to how it works. It is there with each DASH button. Click to ENLARGE and study here.


Click to ENLARGE and goggle. Copy this short URL to access Amazon page:


by Anura Guruge

Skiing Today At “Gunstock Mountain Resort”, Gilford, N.H. — Some Of The Trails Quite Mushy.

by Anura Guruge

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The kids wanted to go skiing at Gunstock, on Sunday, January 29, 2017. Devanee wanted to meet up and ski with some friends, and Teischan, having just finished her 4-weeks ski-program at school, was eager to get more milage on the snow. Since Teischan (at 10) is too young to venture beyond the bunny slope on her own I agreed to go skiing.

This was a tad too early in the year for I. In my dotage I really have become a warm-weather skier. Days of skiing in -20°F (-28°C), in ‘Waterville Valley’ (N.H.), are long gone and but a shuddering memory. [That was c. 1995 — over two decades ago.]

I lucked out. The morning, till exactly noon, was spectacular in terms of weather. Blue skies, sun beating down and quite warm (probably because I was wearing 3-layers (for a change)). It wasn’t that busy either. Sure there was plenty of people but the lift lines were never more than a FEW minutes long — less than 4 minutes ( I would venture).

So, it was good.

Gunstock is UNPARALLELED for its spectacular views across Lake Winnipesaukee. Beautiful place to ski.

That said Gunstock has never been my #1 place to ski in New Hampshire. I am an out-and-out Loon man. Loon is my mountain and has been for 31 years.

I remembered today, my very first visit to to Gunstock in 1987. We were on the way to Loon, on I-93, when just prior to the Gilford exit we heard a very compelling radio ad. for Gunstock. So, we decided to pull off at Gilford and give Gunstock a try. Drove up, pulled in the parking lot, got out … and took one look up. I then immediately got back, said “it is way too small” and set off to Loon!

Then I came to live in Gilford, 1998 to 2007. I could see the slopes of Gunstock from my bed! So, I started skiing Gunstock — on occasion.

The kids like Gunstock. Their school ski program is at Gunstock.

So, why we ended up in Gunstock today. Plus, through the school program we get discount tickets. That was GOOD. If I had paid full price I would not have been happy.

Yes, we have had above freezing temps for the last few days. BUT, that is no excuse for the MUSHY trails — especially the blue ones. Given Teischan is still new to the sport we have to ski Blue. I was not impressed. Neither was Devanee.

But a good ‘day’ of skiing — Teischan and I calling it quits at 2pm (given we only took a 15 minute lunch break).

I know that the trails at Loon would have been better groomed. Real piste. Not the mush we encountered at Gunstock. 

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