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Archive | February 2018

Teischan (11) Is Working On More Table Art …

by Anura Guruge


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The table she was working on earlier in the month, for her hamster cage, is done and the cage is sitting on it. See below.

She started on this new table this morning. That is NOT real wood or a veneer. She painted that on! It is a faux finish just using a brush and paint.

I love it. It looks so real.

But, she is going to paint over it! Well, it is her prerogative. The artistic temperament. So, I wanted to capture these pictures for posterity before she paints over it.


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I APPLAUD “Dick’s Sporting Goods” For Their Courageous BUT Right Decision. Way To Go! Lead The Way.

by Anura Guruge


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I am SO happy that “Dick’s Sporting Goods” took these courageous stand. Way to go.

Yes, it will lose them some customers BUT it has earned them a boat load of goodwill and publicity beyond what a 3-minute slot on the Super Bowl could have got them. It is so good to see U.S. companies doing the RIGHT THING. Bravo. Kudos.

I have a “Dick’s Sporting Goods” reward card though I haven’t shopped there in a while — mainly because I don’t buy that many sporting goods anymore. The basic stuff I need, like cheap running shoes, I pick up at Walmart. But, NOW I am going to make an effort to shop there! So, see it PAYS.

During the Summers of 2010 & 2011 we frequented them often. We needed a kayak and ended up getting a kayak and a Standup Paddle Board — then going back for a second Paddle Board. They were excellent to deal with. They always made the experience rewarding. Very helpful. Very nice. So, I am very happy about this.

Bravo. Way to go.


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Statues Of Boston, In And Around The “Commons” & “Public Park” — Saturday, February 24, 2018.

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I like statues, especially big, bold, imposing ones. So, what can I say. If I have a camera on me (which is invariably the case over the last few years) I am going to take pictures of any statues I encounter.

Growing up in Ceylon, in the 1950s — 1960s, a very close family friend was a Indian sculptor, of renown, who specialized in bronze. Actually my adoptive father had brought him over from India because we didn’t have any of his caliber or skills. I used to spend a fair amount of time hanging around his studio. So, there is a special place in my heart for good bronze statues of the kind that adorn Boston.

This was our trip on Saturday, to celebrate the 2018 Chinese New Year with Dim Sum, at ‘China Pearl’, in Chinatown. After the Dim Sum Teischan wanted to explore Boston Common & Public Park. I took most of these pictures on that walk which was around 2.5 miles in total.


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“Johnnie Walker” To Sell 250,000 Bottles Of “Jane Walker” Black Label Scotch In March 2018.

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This is NOT an early, premature April Fool’s prank. Honest.

This is kosher — but then again, from my very limited understanding, Scotch, by definition, is always kosher as long as you do not mix it with diary.

250,000 bottles, in March 2018, at $34 per bottle to coincide with “International Women’s Day 2018” on March 8th.

It is a bold attempt to attract more women to try the absolute joys of Scotch. I am all in favor — and why can’t I wipe that stupid smirk off my face when I write that. She I have known women, even ladies, who liked their single malts. Nothing wrong.

I do not drink much whiskey — or for that matter any liquor — anymore. Not that I have anything against liquor. Just that I slosh too much of red wine already. But, I do like my Scotch. I do drink Johnnie Walker — though given a choice I would opt for Irish or a Single Malt. I used to be very partial to “Southern Comfort“, but haven’t drunk any in decades. A tad too sweet for I.

Anywho … Just wanted to give you a heads up.

Do you know which Pope was fondly called “Johnnie Walker” by the Romans, NOT for his indulgence in the Scotch but for his habit of walking around Rome?


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Most Number Of “Popes To Be” Alive At The Same Time — Part I.

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I received a pseudonymously wriiten e-mail the other day asking me whether I was aware of this.

Here’s one for you: During all of 1937 and 1938, eight current and future popes were living (Pius XI to Francis)“.

I was not aware per se, in that I had not bothered to count.

BUT, I do know that I have a magical Excel Spreadsheet with data on ALL the popes for whom we have a birthdate. That is basically all the popes since 1400. See below. So, it is easy enough for me to check — provided we are talking post 1400. Prior to that all bets are off.

7 “would be popes” alive is NOT even CLOSE to being a record. Without even trying, just taking a semi-intelligent guess, I found 11 … PLUS the living pope.

Over the next few days I will try to build upon this.

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