Archive | September 22, 2017

I Second (& Third) Jimmy Kimmel Re. Senator John McCain Being A Hero — Again & AGAIN.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE. Jimmy & Joan Kimmel on Twitter a few minutes ago.

I used to be HUGE fan of John McCain — and now I am BACK to being a HUGE fan.

He was a hero and of that there could never be any doubt. That the DOTARD got away with questioning Senator McCain’s hero status and still got elected President — to I, says a LOT about the American psyche.

I had the honor of meeting Senator McCain — 17 years ago, during his 2000 Presidential bid. My son, Matthew, 7-years old at the time, taking my lead, was also a big McCain fan. One Monday morning in February 2000 McCain was scheduled to speak at the Gilford Fire Station. I lived in Gilford at the time. I kept Matthew home that day so we could go see McCain.

We went early in the morning — and it was COLD. There might have been 80 people there, Matthew by far the youngest. He got himself right up to the front and watched McCain — TRANSFIXED.

And now for the NEAT part.

When he finished speaking the FIRST thing McCain did was come up to Matthew and KNEEL DOWN! Yes, he knelt down and talked with Matthew and gave him his autograph. It was total silence in the room. Everybody just watched. I was SO proud and happy.

Then came Elián González the then 7-year old Cuban boy. Elián was the same age as Matthew, and like Elián dad, I too was divorced and only had joint-custody of Matthew. This is where John McCain and I could NOT see eye to eye. As far as I was concerned — and it is still the case — a FATHER’s rights are paramount. Nothing can get in the way of that. IF the father wanted Elián back in Cuba — that had to be THE LAW. So, that was when I ceased to be as fond of John McCain.

But, I will NOW forgive him.

Bravo, Senator McCain. YOU are the MAN. The ETERNAL hero.

Related posts:
++++ Check Category ‘Health Care’ >>>>

by Anura Guruge

British, Michael Faraday, The Father Of Electromagnetism Was Born This Day 226-Years Ago; September 22, 1791.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: /

Faraday Cage” at the BostonMuseum of Science‘ — taken by I during a June 2016 visit.

Obviously a HUGE name if you ever studied physics or went about trying to get a degree in electrical engineering. Given that I did both in my youth Faraday was a well known — and respected — name. Gather that Albert Einstein thought very highly of him.

His birthday. 226-years ago. What would be be today IF not for Faraday — though it was inevitable that somebody would have made the discoveries he did.

Related Posts:
++++ Check Category ‘Events’  >>>>

by Anura Guruge

The Word ‘Dotard’ — Origins & Synonyms.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE.

Dotard origins by Anura Guruge in

Dotard origins by Anura Guruge in

It, i.e., ‘dotard’, was a word I was familiar with (given my very British heritage) — though, of course, living in the U.S. I had not heard it in a long time. I am sure I first encountered it at the Public (i.e., private) School I attended, in North London, “Mill Hill School” — the read birthplace of the ‘Oxford English Dictionary‘ and the alma mater of Denis Thatcher (Margaret’s husband). It was a school rich in vocabulary and idioms, my two favorites, that I still treasure and use being: “Play the White Man” (i.e., do the right thing) and “Munda Logic” (African/black logic). Both are very profound and have many applications.


  • An old person in their dotage.

    That is where the word comes from ‘dote’ + ‘-ard‘.
    -ard‘ denotes someone with a specific condition — as in drunkard.
    Dote‘ refers to an imbecile!

  • An old person with impaired intellect.


Old English.

1st known usage was by the inimitable Geoffrey Chaucer in his beyond ionic ‘The Canterbury Tales‘ — in “The Wife of Bath’s Prologue“. It went: “Til they be wedded; olde dotard shrewe!”

Then it was Edmund Spenser (above) in 1590 & then Shakespeare (above) ~1598.


  • old man, elder, senior citizen, old codger, geezer, old duffer, pantaloon, graybeard.
  • senile, fogy, fuddy-duddy

So what do YOU think? You think ‘they’ got it right?

Related posts:
++++ Search on ‘Trump’ for many, many related posts >>>>

by Anura Guruge

New Hampshire 2017 Fall Foliage: Lakes — September 21, 2017.

by Anura Guruge

NO post-processing whatsoever.

Click pictures to ENLARGE.

Attribution WILL be enforced.

New Hampshire fall foliage 2017 Concord

These were all taken in our yard! Sorry. I actually had the keys to the Quest in my pocket and I was planning to go ‘drive-abouts’ to get some shots. But, by the time I was finished in the yard I knew I had enough for the day. Saved me some time.

Related posts:
>> Search on “foliage” for many more posts from prior years >>>>

by Anura Guruge

The Current Indian Cricket Team Seems Invincible — 11 International Wins In A ROW!

by Anura Guruge

Click image to access original from the “Hindustan Times”.

I do enjoy watching the Indians and have watched the all 11 of their last games; 9 against Sri Lanka and 2 against Australia. They won them ALL, and three of those were Tests. That is pretty damn impressive. They have now beaten Australia twice on the trot, though the first ODI was rain-affected and based on Duckworth-Lewis. I really expected the Aussies to have fought back with vigor as they did against Bangladesh.

The 2nd ODI was exciting. Lost of drama. Pandya getting hit on the head and then getting run-out off a no-ball. Exciting stuff.

Related posts:
++++ Check Category ‘cricket‘ on sidebar for lots of other posts >>>>

by Anura Guruge

A Million Small Steps In 98-Days Thanks To A Garmin Vivoactive HR Activity/Heart-Rate Tracker.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE.

Click to ENLARGE.

My Garmin Vivoactive HR informed me yesterday (September 20, 2017) that I just completed a MILLION steps per its tracking. I was kind of expecting it, so it wasn’t a total surprise.

I was happy. I had to go back and do some sums. I had started wearing the Garmin on June 14, 2017. So, I had completed the MILLION-mark step in 98 days. 10,200 steps a day (which is not too bad for somebody who is said to spend all his day seated at a computer).

But, this average of 10,000 a DAY is ALL thanks to the Garmin. The Garmin, as I had hoped, is REALLY pushing me. I had got it HOPING that it would help me lose some much needed weight. ALAS, and alack, it has NOT done that. If anything I am 2lbs heavier and at my last physical on August 8, 2017, my doctor did tell me that I was going to die!

Prior to getting the Garmin Vivoactive HR my ‘daily’ runs (5-6 times/week) were 2.4 miles, at best. But, thanks to the Garmin I am now running 3.2 miles. 33% increase.

And rather than just wearing 6lbs of wrist weights I am now carrying a total of 11lbs of weights — 5 additional pounds hanging from a belt. And here is the KICKER. I am running the longer distance, with more weights, in LESS TIME — because the continual pace measurement on the Garmin spurs me on. So you would think I would have lost SOME bloody weight. Plus, it says that on average I climb 26 flights of steps a day (which is basically measuring elevation gain). 26 flights a day. I thought I did more.

The other good news, for I, despite the fact that I am dying per my doctor, is that my resting heart rate is BELOW 50. That amuses me. The other reason I got the e Garmin Vivoactive HR was that when I tried Shane’s Fitbit it said that my heart rate was 80. I nearly had a heart attack. Since my 30s, when I lost a lot of weight, and used to run 7 miles a ‘day’, do a ton of exercise and fast 3-days a week, my heart rate dropped to 60 and stayed there. That it is now below 50 is all due to Toprol XL, which I have taken, daily, for 20 years. Last night my heart rate dropped to 38! No wonder my doctor is convinced that I am dying.

Anywho …

Very happy with the Garmin. I might have to treat myself to a newer model around Christmas. {Smile}

A MILLION steps and I have checked its count. If anything it is slightly on the low side. From my measurements 30 steps that I take (while counting) register as 22.

Related Posts:
>>>> Search ‘Fitbit’ & ‘Garmin’
++++ Check Categories ‘Reviews’ & ‘Recommendations’  >>>>

by Anura Guruge

<span>%d</span> bloggers like this: