Archive | March 7, 2021

Two More Of ‘Rowen’, Our Newfoundland Puppy From Iowa, Just In Case You Were Getting Withdrawals.

by Anura Guruge



She is a handful, BUT cute & loving beyond words. Absolute joy though she drives all of us to distraction & beyond. Still ‘little’. Soon she will be BIGGER, much bigger. We are trying not to think what she will then get up to. Hopefully she will also start to mellow & not be as mischievous & curious. At the same time, as with kids, I hate to have them grow up. So much fun when they are young & the world is all new. Enjoy.


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The Picture Of The Day (Google Pixel 5) + 6 Also-Rans — March 07, 2021.

by Anura Guruge


NO post-processing whatsoever.

Taken with my Google Pixel 4 Phone.

Click pictures to ENLARGE.

Attribution WILL be enforced.


The also rans:







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Netflix “Rose Island” (2020) Movie — Funny & Looks Way Over The Top Until You Realize That It Is, Incredibly, A True Story!

by Anura Guruge


Click to access ‘IMDb.com’ listing for this entertaining, fun movie.


YouTube trailer.


Click to ENLARGE & read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_of_Rose_Island


Though I was living in Paris (i.e., not that far away) when this, i.e., ‘Rose Island‘ happened, I do NOT recall hearing about. But, I was all of 15, wasn’t that interested in news & had other, more pressing things on my mind. When I first saw the Netflix trailer I assumed that it was all made up. Quite the story. Funny etc. Then I realized that it is (nearly) all TRUE! Wow. How amazing. Incredible. I wish the movie provided more information as to how he, i.e., ‘Mr. Rose’, the engineer, built it. Could not have been easy.

Very entertaining. Easy to watch.

As with ‘A Fortunate Man‘ it has to have been dubbed because it was NOT made in English & the leading characters are mainly Italian. The dubbing is top-notch. It fooled me (but, usually that is NOT hard to do).

I definitely recommend this movie. Enjoy.


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Non-Whites, Like I, Would Not Be As Skeptical & Cynical IF Vaccination Registration Did NOT Start By Asking For Ethnicity & Race.

by Anura Guruge


Here is the link to the above article … click here.


Well, I have been through the COVID vaccination registration process three times — one online (with VAMS) & twice on the phone after calling 2-1-1. Each time, one the first questions I get asked is ‘ethnicity’ followed by ‘race’. In one of the 2-1-1 calls the person at the other end even JOKED saying: “I assume it is not going to be Caucasian or Hispanic“! Not good.

It would help IF they made the RESERVATION without asking about race.

Why do they need to know that to make a reservation — UNLESS, of course, you want to start suspecting the WORST. And that is what has happened.

IF they need that data for demographics they can collect it when we are there to get the SHOT. Think about it.

Admit that this makes sense.


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The New Hampshire Mass J&J Vaccination Drive At The ‘NH Motor Speedway’ — I Waited 3-Hours In Line.

by Anura Guruge




I kind of expected that it would be a ‘zoo’, i.e., ‘not well organized‘, & I wasn’t far wrong.

I had a 12:20pm appointment. I drove in & got in line sharp at 12:00. (I was in Loudon at 11:45. I could have got in line earlier IF I knew that there was ‘no system’ & that it was a free-for-all.)

They directed me to one of three lanes; I happened to get ‘Lane 1’.

Then I waited & waited & waited.

Luckily they had the foresight to provide porta potties every 400-yards or so.

They did NOT put you in lane CHRONOLOGICALLY by appointment time. So, it was ‘just get in line’. After an hour there was some interaction. Most of the folks around I had 12:00 appointments. A couple 12:20 — like I. So, no prioritization. We were all lumped together.

In the end I discovered that there were not 3 BUT 6 LANES!

All of the delay — 3-hours worth — was merging those 6 lanes into one.

In my case, that happened at 3pm. 3-hours, coincidentally, since I got in line. Once it was down to 1-lane we moved quickly.

I was at the ‘pen’ within 10-minutes.

A ‘RN’ asked me the now routine COVID & vaccination stuff. They did NOT take my temperature.

An old, BUT still practising pediatrician, gave me my shot. Painless. But, then again, he told me that he thinks that over his lifetime I has done over 9-million vaccinations.

I took a stash of chocolates that I handed out. That was a hit.


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