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Garmin Honors My Request To Reinstate Monthly Step Totals In The ‘1-Year’ View In Connect APP.

by Anura Guruge


As of Version 4.42 — available as of April 29, 2021.


Click image to access my January 2021 post about THIS issue.

E-mail I got, from Garmin Support, on April 29, 2021.

Click to ENLARGE.

I am delighted. I NEEDED this monthly count to make sure I was getting in my 500,000-steps a month.

Now, I am, yet again able to see the monthly totals on my phone — WITHOUT having to use Connect on a PC.

This is good. I am glad that Garmin was responsive.


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Armful Garmin Smartwatches: Venu 2, ENDURO & Fenix 6 Pro (Titanium).

by Anura Guruge



Click to access the ‘HRM USA’ site to check out the Venu 2.

Yes, ALL thanks to my friends at ‘HRM USA‘. SMILE.

The Garmin Venu 2 was new as of yesterday.

Got the Garmin ENDURO 41-days ago.

Have had the Fenix 6 Pro (Titanium) since November 2019! The LONGEST I have ever had Garmin for. It is my backup watch.

This is my total Garmin collection at present. Since 2017 I have owned/tried 14 Garmin smartwatches.

Don’t have space more anymore right now.

Not sure what I will do when the Fenix 7 is introduced — as it surely will be.

So far, I am in awe of the Venu 2, but not sure whether I will keep it.


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I Now Get To Check Out The Brand New ‘Garmin’, Bright AMOLED-Display ‘Venu 2’, Thanks To ‘Heart Rate Monitors USA’ (HRM USA).

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE & Admire.


Click to access the ‘HRM USA’ site to check out the Venu 2.
Click to access the ‘HRM USA’ site to place an order for a Venu 2.


The ‘Venu 2’ (far right) next to my Garmin ‘Fenix 6 Pro Titanium’ (middle) & Garmin ‘Enduro’ (Titanium).

I am yet again thrilled & GRATEFUL to ‘Heart Rate Monitors USA‘ (HRM USA) for giving me the chance to try out the latest & greatest ‘Garmin‘, the new ‘Venu 2’ with an absolutely gorgeous, very bright (even at the lowest brightness level) AMOLED-display. I haven’t really had a chance to put it through its paces or check its accuracy, but it sure looks & feels spectacular. Nice, ultra-modern feel to it.

I think I am going to like it. Markedly different to the original ‘Venu’ & unlike the ‘Venu SQ’ this one does have a barometric altimeter so that it can count ‘floors climbed’.

I will start testing it in earnest as of tomorrow. I will, of course, keep you posted. That is what I do. SMILE.


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‘Darwin Award 2021’ — All The Trump MAGA Supporters Refusing To Get Vaccinated Against COVID.

by Anura Guruge


I happen to speak to 4 on Monday within the space of 3-hours. That is what got me thinking.

WOW. You can’t trump them when it comes to the ‘Darwin Award‘.

What gets me, most, is that they don’t get the contradiction & irony. Trump, with ‘Warp-Speed’, was who got the vaccines developed. So, they are saying they DO NOT TRUST Trump! Ahhh? Come again? Moreover, Trump got himself vaccinated even though he had already had COVID, & furthermore got powerful, experimental antibody treatment. So, he was better protected from getting COVID, again, than most.

I am curious to see how this pans out. How many people, in the end, will refuse the vaccine.

Till then, lets celebrate them by giving them the much coveted ‘Darwin Award 2021’.


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Night Splint, Brace & Compression Sleeve Can Definitely Help Alleviate Pain/Discomfort From ‘Plantar Fasciitis’.

by Anura Guruge


All from Amazon.

Plantar Fasciitis is a new affliction over the last few months. Yes, kind of a pain. Recently I have tried using all the above aids & it has definitely helped — along with decent arch supports in my walking shoes.

Just wanted to share this with you in case you too were having issues. These aids are cheap enough. So worth trying. The secret, I have found, is to really lift up the arch.

Best of luck. Let me know how you fare.


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Rather Confusing COVID Vaccination Invitation By Boston’s (Famed) ‘Mass General Brigham’.

by Anura Guruge


This is the second e-mail invitation I have received from ‘Mass General’.

Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston (OCB), where I got my cataract surgeries, are a part of ‘Mass General’. I have to believe that this is why I got these two e-mails. So, I qualify as a Mass General patient through OCB. Cool.

Well, I didn’t bother to read the first invitation because I had LUCKILY already got mine, on March 6, 2021, even though I had to wait in line 3-hours.

But, today I read the 2nd e-mail (shown above). It would appear that I am NOT qualified since I am a NH resident. So, not sure HOW this would have worked.

Now, they DO know where I live. Trust me, they know where I live.

Hhhmmmm. I have to think about this. Not impressed.


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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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I Got The Single-Dose, J&J COVID Vaccination TODAY, at 3:13pm — In New Hampshire; I Am All Set (SMILE).

by Anura Guruge




Well, well, well. I got my COVID vaccination at 3:13pm, today, at the ‘NH Motor Speedway’ Mass Vaccination Clinic.

They were only administering the newly approved, single-dose J&J vaccine. Yes, I know that it is NOT ‘the best’ — but that is OK. Being non-white it is unlikely that I would have qualified for anything else. Beggars (i.e., non-whites like I) can’t be choosers.

Funny. I did NOT see a SINGLE non-white at the whole MASS event — during my 4-hours there.

From what I saw I was the ONLY non-white — & the only one that was handing out (my appreciated) chocolates. SMILE.

It was a ZOO.

I was in the car for a total of 4-hours, including the mandatory 15-minute observation period. (Some folks were flagged for 30-minutes. Not sure why.)

My appointment was at 12:20pm.

I got my shot, from an OLD but still practicing pediatrician, at 3:13pm. So, just under 3-hours AFTER my appointment!

No pain. Did NOT feel a thing. The doctor did say, that as a pediatrician, he has done over 9 million ‘shots’ during his tenure. He was good.

No side effects. No headaches. No nausea. And no pain in the arm — at least of now. SMILE.


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I Get To Check Out The New ‘Garmin’, Ultra-Long Battery Life, ‘Enduro’, Thanks To ‘Heart Rate Monitors USA’ (HRM USA).

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access the ‘HRM USA’ product page.


Side-by-side with my ‘Garmin’ ‘Fenix 6 Pro Solar‘.



I am thrilled & GRATEFUL to ‘Heart Rate Monitors USA‘ (HRM USA) for giving me the chance to try out the latest & greatest ‘Garmin‘, the ultraperformace ‘Enduro’ with an insanely long battery life.

It is an impressive watch, out-of-the-box — as you would expect from a $899, Titanium-bezel smartwatch. It is also BIG as you will be able to tell from the pictures. It is the same size as a Garmin Fenix 6X or 5X. I have never owned (or even tried out) a Fenix ‘X’. As you can see I have dainty wrists. But, I kind of LIKE the Enduro. It sure has presence.

Right now (i.e., today) — & for the next couple of days — I will be putting the Enduro through its paces SIDE-by-SIDE with my trusted Fenix 6 Pro Solar. I like to check & calibrate steps, heart rate, floors climbed etc. (Actually that is part of my self-created ‘brief’. I like to report back to HRM USA on smartwatch accuracy. They find the data useful to have.)

So far, so good.

Setting it up was a BREEZE. Garmin is getting slicker & slicker. Very smooth. Paired with my Android Google Pixel 5 in ‘seconds’. Good. Impressive. I am pleased.

I will, of course, keep you posted. That is what I do. SMILE.


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