Archive | January 4, 2018

“Bomb Cyclone” Nor’easter Storm, New Hampshire — January 4, 2018.

by Anura Guruge


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Attribution WILL be enforced.





As I write this at 9:03pm (Eastern) the wind is HOWLING and rattling the house — and this is a BIG, solid house.

I am braced waiting for the power to go off! 3rd row — middle — a NEW generator! We are now a 3 generator family! Need 2 to run the house and with this cold it would be irresponsible not to have a backup since the house would FREEZE solid within 10 hours.

At 4:15pm, when we went out for the second time to shovel snow, we had had 10″ snow — on the front steps. Since then we probably have exceeded the 12″ mark.

The snow is bad BUT I can live with it and survive it.

It is the WIND that is the killer — especially when we lose power. That is, alas, NOT funny.

The Christmas laser, which is still out there, mainly because it is frozen solid, makes pretty pictures on the snow.


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Garmin Vivoactive 3, Firmware 2.80 Does Appear To Slow Down Battery Drain.

by Anura Guruge



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You should be able to find the latest firmware news here.


My 20-day old Garmin Vivoactive 3 has been running on the new 2.80 firmware for the last 6-days, since December 29, 2017.

It definitely has prolonged battery life — maybe DOUBLED it.

On Monday, January 1, 2018 the software did have a conniption, but I was able to recover by doing a soft reset.

Still early days.

My first Garmin Vivoactive 3 died after 15 days. So, I am still rather leary and ‘jumpy’.

I am monitoring battery life and I will keep you posted.

Happy New Year.


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Energy North Propane, Concord, NH — Thank You & Kudos.

by Anura Guruge




We ran out of propane Friday night while cooking dinner. That was Friday, December 29, 2017.

It took us a few minutes to work out what had happened, i.e., that we had run out of propane (rather than a malfunction of the stove or the gas line).

We only use propane for cooking — i.e., for the kitchen stove. We heat with oil and everything else is electric.

The person who had this house built in 2006 — 2007 had gone with propane — from Amerigas in Laconia. There was big ‘200’ gallon tank to begin with. But, since we only use propane for cooking we don’t use much. So much so that Amerigas got mad with us and started charging us a rental fee for the tank!

I have never liked Amerigas. They are not an easy company to like …

Eventually, in 2015 they took away the ‘200’ gallon tank, that was beginning to rust dangerously, and installed two small tanks in its place. Today, we learned that they are ’25’ gallon tanks — giving us a capacity of just under 50 gallons (48 I think).

The gas tanks do NOT have a meter! That is Amerigas for you. So, we can’t tell how full they are.

That is why we ran out.

Not the end of the world. Between the microwave, toaster oven, slow cookers, electric cookers and the outside grill we could get by. Plus we were eating out on Monday — New Year’s Day. So we were not that concerned.

We called Amerigas on Saturday. They were closed.

Called Amerigas on Tuesday. After 4 calls, spanning 2 hours, we got through. We were informed that our account had been transferred to “Energy North Propane”, in Concord. Apparently Amerigas had bought Energy North.

Called them. After a number of attempts got through.

They said a possible 5 to 10 days before they could deliver BUT that they would TRY.

And TRY they did.

They delivered today, 24-hours after we called.

We are IMPRESSED and pleased.

Amerigas would NEVER had done that.

I couldn’t believe it when the dogs started barking. I looked out. Energy North truck backing into our drive.

Thank YOU Energy North Propane.

Kudos Energy North Propane.


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