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Archive | November 2018

Advent 2018 Is Nearly Upon Us.

by Anura Guruge


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It is Friday, November 30, 2018, and Teischan (12) is all set for the Advent. She has been counting the days for weeks! This afternoon she set up her old advent calendars from years past — along with the two, from this year, containing chocolates.

I got her a real nice wooden advent calendar today BUT, alas, she didn’t like it! So, I have put it up for sale. She, however, wants the money.


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“Global Citizen Festival — Mandela 100”, From South Africa, Broadcast On MSNBC This Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018.

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Another gala extravaganza to commemorate the GREAT Nelson Mandela’s centennial — i.e., ‘Mandela 100‘. It is, as it should be, in Johannesburg, South Africa. So, not something that most of us and pop down for.

But, MSNBC is broadcasting it, starting at 9pm, on Sunday, December 2, 2018.  Definitely worth watching, recording or both. I plan to record it.

Did not want you to miss it.


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Somebody Sent Me A Box Of “Hope’s Cookies” — And They Are Extremely Nice.

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Had never heard of them until this delightfully festive box came via UPS today. The included card did NOT say who it was from. Just thanked me for my services.

Though I have abstained from eating any cookies for over 5 years, I had to break off and try a small sampling of two cookies: the white chocolate Macadamia nut and the oatmeal raisin. They were outstanding. Teischan who sampled two cookies gave them two thumbs up.

I wish I knew who was kind enough to send them to me. Whoever it was THANK YOU. That was very nice. Much appreciated, especially by Teischan.


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Got Flu (0.5 Fluzone HD) & Pneumonia Shots, For 2018-2019, At The Alton, N.H., Hannaford Pharmacy.

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I resisted getting the flu shot till around 2010. I was willing to roll-the-dice and take my chances. But, as I approached 60 I realized that I better pay heed to what the medical profession was advocating especially since I am very susceptible to infections.

So, far so good.

Over those 8-years, I have got my shot most often at our local, Alton Hannaford Pharmacy. 

It does not get any easier or more convenient. And now they tout and honor a ZERO co-pay. So, no cost other than what they bill your insurance.

Very efficient. Very professional. Quite fast. Very little wait time. Today, they were rather buy and it took just over 30-minutes. Still easier than driving to an hospital.

Yes, I know that they don’t even KNOW what this winter’s flu virus is going to be!

Same story as last year and the year before.

The vaccine, quite literally, is a shot in the dark. Best guess, hope for the best, fingers crossed.

But in my old age and with very little blood cells, red or white, I can’t take any chances. This year for the first time I got the 65+ flu vaccine in my left arm, and for the first time ever, a pneumonia shot — the latter in the right arm. That way ‘they’ know which is which; ‘flu’ with an ‘l’ in it in the ‘l’eft arm. Clever.


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IF Your ‘Garmin Fenix 5 (Plus)’ Stops (i.e., Hangs) During USB-Charging.

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This, i.e., my ‘Garmin Fenix 5 Plus‘ going dead while I was charging, happened last Friday. Never had that happen with any of my other Garmins and I have owned 4 others.

The first clue I had was that ‘Garmin Express‘ claimed repeatedly that it could not sync with my USB-connected Fenix 5. That was strange. I checked the watch, The charging did seemed to have stopped — with a green charging screen similar to above. I waited, I waited. Nothing. The ‘amount charged %’ was not moving.

Unplugged it. Watch was FROZEN. Back button would not work. Could not get the green charging screen to disappear.

Knew that I had to try a ‘soft reset’. So, held down the power button. NOTHING.

Eventually realized that on the Garmin 5 Plus it takes MORE THAN 25 SECONDS for the ‘soft reset‘ to kick in!

That was the secret — just holding down the top left power button until the restart kicked in. As soon as it started the restart I knew I was going to be OK. And I was.

I have charged it a few times since with no incidents — and I am charging it right now as I write.

Just wanted to share this in case you too, alas, experience this frustrating problem.


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