Archive | March 23, 2018

Taking Selfies My Way — Part XXV, Steeplegate Mall, Concord, NH — March 22, 2018.

by Anura Guruge


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It was somebody’s birthday yesterday, March 22nd, and we ended up going to Steeplegate Mall, Concord twice in the day. Once in the morning to get her ears pierced and then a few hours later so that she and two of her friends could gallivant before dinner at Friendly’s.

Took these selfies on the 2nd visit. Plenty of time for me to just drag my heels — and they have a lot of mirrors in those stores. So …

No, I did not buy those shades, BUT maybe I should go and get them. They are very me.


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YouTube Video Of “Friendly’s” Birthday Song Accompanying A Ice Cream Cake.

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Well, guess whose birthday it was yesterday. She turned 12. She has established that going to “Friendly’s” is THE ritual for her birthday. So, that is what we did — this being the one in Concord (N.H.) on Loudon Road. We go to both in Concord, more or less in equal measures depending one where we are in Concord. It is always a good experience. They have got the formula nailed — though, surprisingly, they do NOT carry birthday candles (and unlike last year we forgot to take some).

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This year, at her pleading for nearly 9-months, a new ritual was added — thanks to a great-uncle who died way, way, way before she was born. He was my ‘larger-than-life‘ (though he was diminutive), fire-walking, personal physician to the presidents  ‘Doctor Uncle‘. He had maintained that it was “OK” to miss school on your birthday. I do NOT think my adoptive parents ever let that apply to I, but his 4 sons were allowed to stay at home on their birthday. My ‘Doctor Uncle’ was a BIG influence on I and in many ways I share his personality. So, I was willing to accede on the grounds that if my “Doctor Uncle” said it was “OK”, it had to be “OK” since he was quite the guy.


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Incredibly Impressive “Youth Art” Display At Concord’s “Steeplegate Mall” (New Hampshire).

by Anura Guruge


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This “Concord School District — Youth Art Month” exhibition at the Steeplegate Mall seems to be, of late, an annual event — in March.

We were at the Mall, on March 22nd too as it happened, last year and I was impressed with what I saw as attested to by this post. [March 22 is Teischan’s birthday, and last year and this year she wanted to take her friends to the Mall prior to going to dinner at Friendly’s. Hence, being at the Mall, two years running on March 22.]

Incredible work. What amazing talent. I was so impressed and so pleased. I wish I could have stayed longer and taken more — and better — snaps. But, the kids were hungry. So, I had to dash off a few quick pictures. I have NOT done this exhibition adequate justice. SORRY.

I tip my hat to the kids, the teachers and all that rallied around to make this exhibition a reality and a SUCCESS. The one BRIGHT SPOT is an increasingly forlorn and empty mall.


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