Archive | December 2019

Hampton Beach, N.H.: New Year’s Eve 2020 (i.e., December 31, 2019) Fireworks CANCELLED — Not A Joke, OFFICIAL.

by Anura Guruge


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I read about this YESTERDAY and didn’t believe it. Thought it was a joke.

Today, I called up the ‘Ashworth By The Sea‘ Hotel and checked. It is kosher.

Fireworks cancelled!

Wolfeboro, N.H. cancelled theirs today.

Shame. I am bummed.

I think Portsmouth is still going ahead.


From Facebook also.

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Wolfeboro, N.H.: New Year’s Eve 2020 (i.e., December 31, 2019) Fireworks CANCELLED — Also So NO ‘First Night’.

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The fireworks, BOTH 6:30 & 8:30pm, were ‘just’ CANCELLED.

Bummer. I was checking whether it was 6pm or 6:30pm! Glad I checked.

Haven’t missed a Wolfeboro New Year’s Eve firework show in YEARS.

Shame.


There has been NO ‘First Night‘ in Wolfeboro on December 31, 2019.

There was NO ‘First Night’ in 2018, 2017 or 2016!

Instead there is a ‘Last Night’ that wraps up by 9pm.


The Events, from their Facebook page.

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2019 Christmas Revels (Cambridge, MA), ‘American Experience’ — The ‘Thank You’ Video From The Gang.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access the 3:28-minute video at Vimeo.


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This year end ‘Thank You’ video (at Vimeo) is now becoming another Revels (Cambridge) tradition. A nice touch. A welcome year-end reminder, when the days are truly dark and damp, for those of us who were fortunate enough to attend a performance, as to the ever uplifting gaiety of a Revels. For those, alas, who could not attend, it gives you a quick glimpse of what Revels was all about.

We attended the December 19th show. The sixth, seventh or eighth  Revels we have attended at Cambridge. Overall, I have been to about 20 between Revels North & Cambridge.

2019 Revels, by definition, was good. They are all good. That goes without saying. It wasn’t the best. The backdrop was the 1930s Dust Bowl and as such it wasn’t as gay as if it was set in a Stately Home in Europe. SMILE. But, it was OK and that is what counts. We wouldn’t have missed it for the world. Already looking forward to 2020 Revels in Cambridge.

Enjoy this ‘Thank You’ video. It captures what it is all about.

Happy New Year 2020.


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We Now Have 9 USB Charging Ports In Our Kitchen!

by Anura Guruge


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Yes, it is a fairly large kitchen (though I have been in others that are muh, much, much larger) and given that it was built in 2006 (when they were generous on this matter) it has 6 dual socket power outlets — as well as a phone jack and a 220V outlet for the stove.

Yes, I guess we have a few electronics between us, THOUGH I don’t charge many things in the kitchen. We basically have USB charging ports (maybe even stations) in every room — and, of course, on either side of the bed.

I though 5 was enough. I was overruled so right after Christmas I had to order the latest ‘outlet’ (the one shown on the left) with 4 USB ports. I think we will be OK for awhile. I won’t even mention how many charging ports/cables we carry in EACH car. You would think we were dependent on USB. SMILE.


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The Picture Of The Day (Google Pixel 4) + 6 Also-Rans — December 30, 2019.

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Taken with my Google Pixel 4 Phone.

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December 30 snow storm Anura Guruge Google Pixel 4


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Will Pope Francis Promote Filipino Cardinal Tagle To Be A Cardinal Bishop?

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Click to ENLARGE. The notion of ‘Suburbicarian Sees’ — i.e., the diocese (the sees) that surround Rome.


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As a senior curialist Luis Tagle is definitely entitled to now be a Cardinal Bishop. Plus, a pope can promote any one to the order (i.e., to be a Cardinal Bishop) at his whim. Totally his prerogative as are so many things within his Church.

There is a genuine vacancy that has gone unfilled since early September.

Furthermore, now that he got Sodano to ‘resign’ the Deanship is vacant and the Cardinal Bishops, among themselves, will have to elect a new Dean in the next few weeks. The pope will want the vacancy filled before that election.

This does NOT mean that Tagle will be the new Dean. SMILE. He will be the most junior of the Cardinal Bishops.

And even if he is made a Cardinal Bishop he will NOT be the next pope, unless we don’t have a conclave for another 13- to 14-years. SMILE.

Making Tagle a Cardinal Bishop will be quite a statement. One that the pope might be happy to make. It will make a lot of people very happy.

I will tell you who I think will be the next Dean in my next post. SMILE.


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Got A ‘Triple-Head’ Sonic Electric Toothbrush For Christmas — But Didn’t Like It!

by Anura Guruge


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I am a great believer (and early adopter) of ultrasonic electric toothbrushes. We have been using them for at least the last 6 – 7 years. However, every other Christmas, if not every Christmas, I get us a new one — as a family Christmas present. Technology keeps on improving (I hope) and I am sure the ‘innards’ (and thus the ability to vibrate) wear out over a year.

For the last 4 to 5 months I kept on seeing Ads (many of my Facebook timeline) for these triple-headed toothbrushes. I could see the logic behind them. Brush all three surfaces in one go without having to do each side separately. So, I got one (shown above) for Christmas.

We charged it on Christmas day and started using it the next.

It sure works. The head goes all the way around your teeth. No question about that. So, it does what it promises.

But, the heads, by necessity, are BIG. Big to the point of being uncomfortable and unweidly. The latter was what bothered me the most. It was real tricky to move the head around your mouth. I would keep on knocking the hard plastic against my front teeth. That did not make me happy. I like to take real good care of my (old) teeth and banging a vibrating brush on them did not fit in with my regime of looking after my teeth.

Plus, I noticed I was doing something CRAZY. Despite us having an electric toothbrush we both keep an old-fashioned, straight, non-electrical one (i.e., manual) handy as well. Well, I was using the manual one after EACH use of the triple-head just to feel that I had done a complete cleaning. That was crazy. I was brushing my teeth TWICE — each time. Not good.

So, I ‘got rid’ of the Triple-Head with 48-hours. SMILE. Can’t tell you how. SMILE.

But, bottom line. We didn’t like it. Not to say it doesn’t work. It works, or at least appears to. Just BIG and not for us. Sorry.


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The Picture Of The Day (Google Pixel 4) + 6 Also-Rans — December 29, 2019.

by Anura Guruge


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buzz lightyear ready to take off Anura Guruge Google Pixel 4


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