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Garmin Delays Announcement Of ‘Venu SQ’ (for Square) — Just Unveils ‘Forerunner 745’!

by Anura Guruge


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The ‘Venu SQ’ was SUPPOSED to be announced September 16, 2020, alongside the ‘Forerunner 745’. Well that did NOT happen. Instead Garmin just announced the latest ‘Forerunner’.

The ‘Venu SQ’ is supposedly delayed until month end (if not longer). Not good. Usually Garmin would have gone ahead & announced & then stated a 6-9 week shipment delay.

Maybe they realized that they have to go back to an AMOLED screen! WOW.


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Metamucil Shortage Appears To Be BACK; Luckily There Are Store Brands Available.

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A MONTH AGO!

WOW.


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A month ago it seemed that we were back to normal — as you can see from the 2nd picture above.

Exact same Walmart in Rochester, NH, a month apart. I think folks have started HOARDING Metamucil. That is crazy. All the Walmart ‘Equate’ comparables were gone too BUT for the poisonous ‘Real Sugar‘ variety. I am impressed, & glad, that folks now have the sense to boycott that version. It is BAD for you. So high in sugar.

Well, I had to go to ‘Market Basket‘ which is kind of ‘next door’. I looked they had a store brand which is EXACTLY what I was looking for. I was happy. But, they only had two containers — & NO, I did NOT buy both. I am good like that.

So, my latest update. I will, of course, keep you posted.


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Fitbit’s New ‘Sense’ (Shipping In October) Gets FDA Approved ECG/EKG Heart Monitoring Support.

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Yes, Apple ‘Watch Series 4’ pioneered ECG/EKG way back in 2018. This is, however, Fitbit’s first foray into this field. That it has got US FDA approval is BIG. Samsung is still struggling to get this approved on their new ‘Watch 3’. That must be galling for them.

The Fitbit ‘Sense’, at $329, is quite the watch. It has built-in GPS & all the latest health tracking features. Most impressive Fitbit ever — & it even has an AMOLED, always-on display with a 6-day battery life. This is quite the watch & it is $100 cheaper than the Samsung ‘Watch 3’. Hopefully I will get one, in October, from ‘Heart Rate Monitors USA‘ (HRM USA) to evaluate. I will keep you posted. OK?


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by Anura Guruge

Garmin’s New ‘Venu SQ’ (for Square) Abandons AMOLED Display & Reverts To LCD; A Shame.

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What set out the Venu from all other Garmins was the bright, beautiful AMOLED display. And yes, AMOLED is a battery hog & that did not sit well with Garmin. Garmin likes to provide longer battery life at the expense of more striking screens. That is a problem.

But, abandoning AMOLED, in late 2020, on this type of watch is a mistake. With its shape it is going after the Fitbit Versa 2 & Apple. The Versa 2 has a great AMOLED display.

To compound matters there is also the new Samsung Watch 3 — with another v. attractive AMOLED display further augmented with a rotating bezel.

The Venu SQ will face stiff competition from these two. I will keep you posted.


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I Volunteered For The COVID-19 Vaccine Testing Trial.

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I followed the CNN recommendation:

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I have NO problem or concerns being a guinea pig for the COVID-19 vaccine. Does not scare I. I don’t think it will kill me & I am sure I can deal with any other symptoms. These could be famous last words.

I have previously taken part in a polio vaccine trial (unbeknownst) & in the 1970s I did volunteer & v. successfully take part in an asthma prevention drug trial (i.e. Intal). So, I am not new to this.


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I Have Walked Over 2,500-Miles In The Last Year. That Is (& Was) Sobering. Checking Where I Could Have Gone ….

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Yes, Yes, yes. I know. I always take things to the ‘extreme’. I SURE am NOT hurting/harming anyone or myself. My time. My most precious resource. MY TIME. Well, I do not squander it. New thing is listening to educational AUDIBLES while I do the bulk of my walking. SMILE. I am learning. I am learning. Yes, yes, yes.

500,000 steps a month is now becoming the new norm. 4-months of that. SMILE.



I had my quadriceps tendon repair surgery,
at ‘
Frisbie Memorial Hospital‘ —
performed by Dr. Charles Blitzer
of ‘Seacoast Orthopedics
on Thursday, March 7, 2019.

There was no pain to talk about
— throughout, from surgery to now.


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I Think The Metamucil Shortage Is OVER.

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September 16, 2020 UPDATE — shortage CONTINUES. (click)


Went to Walmart (Rochester, NH) this past Sunday, August 16, 2020. Yes, among other things I needed FIBER. I was willing to get straight Psyllium Husk Powder (e.g., Konsyl). But, the shelves were NOT bare. Looked like we were back to normal.

They had my Walmart-brand, 114-teaspoon full ‘NO SUGAR‘ bottles. I was happy. I got 1 bottle.

Don’t ask me why — methinks it is the GRINDING — but I think Metamucil, at least with I, works better than Psyllium Husk Powder. Kind of counterintuitive. Should be no difference — or, if anything, the Psyllium should be better.

Well, Psyllium was more expensive too.

So, didn’t see the point. SMILE.

So, I think the Metamucil shortage is OVER. At least from my experience.


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Tad Distressed That ‘Green Giant’ ‘Riced Veggies’ Are Not As Healthy As I Had Hoped.

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I have been eating these microwavable ‘Green Giant’ veggie packets for years — as a part of my low-carb diet. They are convenient & kind of met my needs. I was delighted when they came up with the rice cauliflower offerings last year. I would fry it up with hot peppers, cilantro, scallions & leeks to make a quick vegetable curry. I would have this about 2 to 3 times a week.

3-weeks ago I had my blood work done ahead of my dreaded annual physical. While the numbers claim I am fine I wasn’t thrilled! I could have done better. So, over the last couple of weeks I have been re-reading all of the product labels — much more carefully. Hhhhmmm. Yes, this is NOT bad, but, I had not realized. I could do without the added sugar. So, I cut back on these. SMILE.


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My Cholesterol HDL Count, At 84, Is Rather High; Doctor Attributes It To …

by Anura Guruge


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So, I had my dreaded annual physical this Tuesday, August 4, 2020 — with a new doctor (in that I finally ditched ‘Dartmouth Hitchcock (Concord)’. As always I got my blood work done before the physical.

This part of the physical, as he was looking through my results, went like this:

Wow. HDL of 84. That is HIGH. I don’t think I have seen a count that high. Definitely higher than mine, and I thought mine was good.

Hhhmmmm ….

I guess that is what walking 8-miles a day must do for your HDL. Keep it up.

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Well, I don’t take any of this TOO seriously. I know that life is extremely unpredictable & that these numbers, in the end, could mean diddly.

It is, however, interesting that my HDL was 54 two-years ago when I was not doing anything like the number of steps I do now. My highest prior to this, going back 7-years, was 62. So, I guess it must be related to all those miles I clock each day — these days. Yes, I average around 8-miles a day. SMILE.


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USB Charging ‘Pucks’/Stands For Garmin Fenix — Much Better Than What Garmin Supplies.

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My two Garmin Fenix 6s, both Titanium, one (on right) Solar.


I like to have a SPARE USB charging cable (at home) & another in my camera bag (permanently) for when I am travelling. Dread getting caught out without a charging cable — & a dying Fenix 6.

So, I went looking for a replacement cable — knowing that the cheaper ones, though they WORK, do NOT charge as fast as the fat/thick cable from Garmin.

I came across these. They had decent reviews. You couldn’t beat the price! I have seen single non-Garmin cables that were these prices — & that was for one Garmin-like, simple cable.

So, I ordered one of each. That was still CHEAPER than one Garmin cable. So, yes, 4 for less than one from Garmin.

I have had them for a couple of weeks. I have used both types. They are BOTH GOOD. Charging is fast. No issues. Garmin Express sees no difference.

I started off with the puck. I liked it. Watch lay flat on the table.

Then I tried the stand. Seems to take up less room on my already cluttered work table. So, I am using the stand right now.

I have encountered no issues. They work. They sure do. Charging is NOT slow.

I much prefer this to the Garmin cable. That it did not support the watch always bothered I.

So ….

Just letting you know. SMILE.


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