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David Mills — the owner.
My pictures from 3-years ago. Attribution will be enforced.
We were on the way to Stonington last Wednesday, June 26, 2019, when I saw the (dreaded) blue tarp covered sign. On the way back I stopped and pulled into the driveway. The gate was closed and padlocked.
The next morning I checked with a knowledgeable local who also happens to drive past the Oceanarium every day. He confirmed that it was indeed closed and that it had only been partially open the year before.
This is distressing.
It was a good destination especially in inclement weather — and you can’t spend 5-days in Bar Harbor over the Summer without encountering at least one of those days.
We, in 2016, had more or less a PRIVATE tour with David Mills, the owner, as the pictures above attest. He took a liking to us. That Deanna’s father had been a Maine lobsterman might have played a role.
I liked David. He and I chatted for quite a long time — and I had stopped by in September 2016 also to have a word with him.
I wanted, quite desperately, to write his life story and the history of the ‘Mount Desert Oceanarium‘. David was v. interested with the notion BUT, alas, had an issue with I (and let’s face it — who doesn’t). David is a profoundly religious, God-fearing soul. It distressed him that I was not. It was one of the first things he asked me. Where I stood with God. My answer distressed him. His line, in the end, was that he did NOT think that God would approve of a hardened heathen such as I writing David’s life story. His final words on the matter to I was: “maybe I should write it myself. I will have to see what God wants“.
I have not given up on David even if he might have on I. I am going to try and contact him.
I hope there is a way that the Oceanarium can be reopened.
Stay tuned. As far as I am concerned this is but a hiatus.
Here is the issue.
The favorable reviews you may be reading on Amazon might NOT be for the current model you are looking at. Appears that Amazon permits vendors to recycle Amazon product numbers (referred to as ASINS) so that they can RETAIN reviews that relate to older products.
So, for example, the reviews you may be reading for the NEW Garmin Forerunner 245 may not be for the 245. They could be reviews for the older Forerunner 235.
But, Amazon nor the vendor give you any indication of this. So, you are reading FAKE REVIEWS — intentionally recycled to deceive you!
A friend of mine, a fellow Garmin enthusiast like I, noticed it last week with a Garmin Forerunner 245 Bundle being sold by ‘EZ Electronics‘. It had 8 very positive reviews giving it a 4.3 (out of 5) stars. My friend had previously looked at the ‘Amazon’ listing for this bundle. He remembered that the rating wasn’t as high on that page. He went back and checked. That is when he got curious. Then he saw the dead giveaway. EZ Electronics was claiming that the Forerunner 245 had been available as of June 2018. NOT SO. The Forerunner 245 was only announced in April 2019. That is when he worked out that EZ Electronics, by recycling the ASINS, was using OLD (invalid) reviews from the older Forerunner 235.
So, here are some screenshots to explain what is happening:
So, the issue here is that of duplicitous reviews — recycled reviews from OLDER products that have no bearing on the product that they claim to represent.
So, be careful. Check the ‘Date First Available’ field. Make sure that it looks reasonable.
So, Amazon BUYER be AWARE.
Amazon has SINCE taken down this product listing.
This issue was brought to Amazon’s attention late last week.
They have responded by taking down the product listing.
So, that was good.
But, there could be other instances on Amazon.
Just keep an eye.
Better to be safe than sorry.
Interesting. The v188.8.131.52 update was just 26-days ago. We have had two updates within 45-days. That is pretty swift.
Today’s update did claim to fix some ‘major’ issues — but, as is Garmin’s wont we never get to know what they are.
Make sure you update your ‘Express‘.