Being at the right place, at the right time. This, Alton Bay, at 6:40pm, Tuesday, August 20, 2019.
We were just idling along waiting 15-minutes for our Chinese takeout order to be prepared at J.P. China.
There were two of them, but I only managed to catch one. Heard them before I saw them. Quite the roar.
I have seen plenty of microlights over the Lake in my three-decades up here — but, to be fair, I hadn’t seen any in a long time till today. Neat. Made my day.
Teischan (13) was with me. She claims she can’t remember seen one before. So, I am glad she got to see two. Enjoy.
As someone who picks ticks off himself (and the other day one was in MY PRIVATES(!)) and many, many, many more off the ($60 Frontline treated) dogs near daily I find this mind blowing.
WOW. This is beyond the pale.
Lyme disease is NOT funny. I know quite a few that have it.
I live in dread every day. This is prime Tick & Lyme country and as you must know I go walking/running/hiking around here every day. I don’t think you can build up immunity against Lyme but I keep on hoping that is the case. Though I manage to pick MOST OFF before they really manage to get through my rhinoceros skin, I still end up with 20 to 30 decent tick bites every year.
This is disturbing.
NH County Commissioner ‘Hunter Taylor’, Of Alton, Confirms He Is A Decent, Honorable Man With A Sound Moral Compass.
My initial assessment of him, 3-years ago, was SPOT ON.
News media reports.
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Bravo & Kudos Hunter.
YOU have, courageously and convincingly, demonstrated that being a good Republican does not mean you cannot also be decent, honorable, honest & righteous.
Hunter Taylor is an exceptional man, cerebral, learned, committed and caring. I have had the honor of meeting him (and his delightful and equally bright & inspiring wife, Ruth Larson) a few times and have always walked away buoyant and with hope for the future.
Simply (but slightly more crudely put) Hunter Taylor has shown that there is noting that says that being a modern Republican means that you have to be a jerk, a bully, a racist and a blowhard.
Another good day for New Hampshire. Yippee. Two in a row. Wow. Yesterday, we had the ‘Period Poverty‘ bill, spearheaded by a schoolgirl, passed into law.
Things are looking up for New Hampshire.
Thank YOU, Hunter.
You are a MAN, you are THE MAN.
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Another rugged, secluded trail, through thick woods, v. close to home that I had never ventured on prior to this because as with ‘Africa Road‘, yesterday, I thought it was private — and I stay away from private property. Interesting and easy hike, though a tad rocky in spots and waterlogged at one end. It was fun though kind of monotonous. Nothing to see but woods and there is no reward at the end. Just turn around and walk back. But, great exercise and I got my 4-miles in. So, I am happy.
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Though this road, duly marked by the town as ‘Africa Road’, is just over a mile from where I live, I have never ventured into it — over the last 12-years — because I was under the impression it was a private road, I try not to trespass (because I am not good at forgiving those that trespass on our property). Then, yesterday, I was told by a fellow, local runner (40-years my junior) that it was NOT a private road and that he uses it — BUT warned me that it was rocky. That was the understatement of the week.
Wow. What a road. There is a MAGNIFICENT property at the start of it. It is them that had put up various signs to discourage folks from coming down the road. I don’t blame them. They have quite the spread. You can see that on the GPS track, near the top with a HUGE cleared pasture. As soon as you pass their property it becomes rough. Real rough.
Now most of you know that I am no stranger to hiking. So, when I tell you that this was, indubitably, the most RUGGED trail I have ever hiked you will realize how rough it has to be. The elevation wasn’t bad. I have done hikes with much, much more elevation. It was the trail itself. Rocky and rutted. No scenery or views. Just a rather dark tunnel through the woods. Quite the adventure. The dogs loved it. Had to cross a small brook. I didn’t see it and only noticed it on the GPS. There is a small pond off the trail. The dogs did find it because they came out wet. I just assumed that they had gone in the brook again.
Yes, I plan to hike this many times. It was fun. Very secluded. Tranquil. Not a sound.
This was a long and painful Internet outage. In reality, I really shouldn’t complain since I was not majorly impacted! As I was said many times before I maintain TWO (2) Internet services to the house — one from TDS and the other from Atlantic Broadband — JUST for contingencies like that. And today, yet again, it paid off. I have been talking about a load-balanced system where both Internet feeds are bonded together for years but have yet to do so!
In terms of Wi-Fi we are seamlessly covered. Our mobile devices can easily pick up either router. So, that is not a problem.
But, I like my main PC, i.e., this, to be hardwired. And today for the first time I did it! Two years ago, after another outage, I bought a 200′ Ethernet LAN cable from Amazon for $14. Today, I used it. I had to run it from our 1st floor, where the TDS feed is, to the 4th, which is where my desk is. So, the cable had to traverse three sets of stairs. We did it. Worked first time. I was getting 400Mbps! Yes, 400Mbps! So, I can’t complain. SMILE.
But, having one Internet down still rattles I.
To make it worse, my ‘system’ did not automatically come up when Atlantic Broadband finally got everything up. Yes, I was monitoring Facebook.
I had to call them and got a WONDERFUL techie, named ‘Vera’ (who I have dealt with, v. successfully before), who spent 40-minutes helping me go online. Nothing profound. Just a question of repeatedly restarting modem — and then the router — till it all clicked. Stressful BUT it worked. Thanks Vera.
So, that was that saga.