Archive | August 6, 2017

Acadia & Mount Desert Island Facts From The Back Of A Fridge Magnet.

by Anura Guruge


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The front of the magnet. Click to ENLARGE.


I like this magnet. I have two of them bought on two different trips — one on our last trip, the 8th, in June 2017. I buy them at the ‘Hulls Cove Visitor Center‘. I can never leave that place without getting something. I justify it by thinking I am helping the Park Service. {SMILE}

Nothing profound and nothing you can’t find anywhere else — but I wanted to capture it (for my sake if nothing else. {smile}). After I scanned these I mounted this magnet on my bathroom door, with velcro, at eye level. Now I can look at it while I brush my teeth.


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‘Huggins Fair 2017′, Wolfeboro, N.H. — Saturday Evening, August 5, During The Storm.

by Anura Guruge


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I have been dutifully going to the ‘Huggins Fair’ — now called the ‘Street Fair’ — bar a few years at most, over the last 25-years. However my days of going on both days, Friday & Saturday, and possibly multiple times a day, are long gone. Basically there is nothing we really need at the Fair. We just go for the fun of being there and to see if there are any crazy bargains to be had. So over the last few years we have fallen into the habit of going late on Saturday evening and staying there till the end. It can be a lot of fun and that is when the bargains kick-in.

We knew about the storm — since Friday. But we decided to go anyway. The storm was spectacular. We didn’t get wet. We took shelter in the “Men’s White Elephant” tent.

Once the storm passed there was a full rainbow and the sun came out in force. The ground was soggy, but it was OK.

We had fun. Didn’t get much — at all, at all. I picked up about 8 books and that, to I, is always a thrill. That is one of my main rationales for going. To see if I can find a few good books. So another 2017 event is done for the year. The next one will be a year from now.


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New Hampshire: How Long Before Permanent Plastic Driver’s License Arrives (To Replace Paper) — 2017

by Anura Guruge


In my case: 24-days.

Thursday, July 12, 2017 to Saturday, August 5, 2017.

Went to the main Concord DMV office around 3pm on Thursday, July 12, 2017.

Was issued paper license valid for 60-days, i.e., until September 10, 2017.

Plastic, READ ID, license arrives, much to my relief, on Saturday, August 5, 2017.

3 weeks 3 days = 24 days.




This came with the license (and another letter about renewal in 5-years). Click to ENLARGE and read. Interesting stuff about ‘Read ID’ and the validity of non-Real ID licenses for federal purposes (read TSA) till October 2020.


I did request a ‘Read ID’ license and mine does have a STAR on it — top right. Seems rather incongruous that this is how Real-ID is designated. There is, however, a lot of encoded ‘barcode’ information at the back of the card. I suspect that police and other agencies will read the license with a scanner and get access to all the back-end data.


24-days is NOT bad. Pretty good, if anything.

In mid-2015 we noticed 28 days.

It was 20-days in 2012. So, not bad.

Hope this helps.


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