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Archive | November 29, 2018

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

by Anura Guruge


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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.

by Anura Guruge


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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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