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Friday the 13th, December 2019, Does NOT Count; It ONLY Counts In October.

by Anura Guruge

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Only Friday the 13th that fall in October count!

Period. Full stop. 

Full moon has nothing to do with it.

The superstition has to do with the dissolution of the Knights Templar.
And that happened on Friday, October 13, 1307.

This is December, NOT October, so Friday the 13th does NOT COUNT.

Repeat, does NOT count.

On average we get a Friday the 13th every 212 days.

We had one in July 2018.

The LAST Friday the 13th in October was in 2017.

The next Friday the 13th in October will be in 2023.

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The ’13’ really has nothing to do with the supposed thirteen attendees at the ‘Last Supper’ — particularly since there is no consensus, at all (at all), that the ‘Last Supper’ took place on a Friday — that traditionally been the date of the Crucifixion, hence ‘Good Friday‘ at Easter.

The superstition about Fridays the 13th being unlucky really has its roots in Friday, October 13, 1307, when, with the blessing of the French PopeClement V, the French King, Philip IV, who was heavily in fiscal debt to the Templar’s (the original international bankers), had most of the Templars in France arrested.

It was a bad day for the Templars — and was really the first major financial crisis in world history.

Hence why people were afraid of Fridays the 13th. They didn’t want a repeat of what happened to the (far from) ‘poor’ Templars.

This fact tends to be forgotten.

Friday the 13th in October happens per a 5 to 6 year cycle with occasional 11-year gaps.

We just had one of those. So, the last 13th in October was 11-years ago, 2006. The next one is 6-years from now.

At 66 I have only lived through 9 ‘Friday the 13th in October‘.

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All 3 2019 Christmas Trees Are Now Lit — Big 2 Still Need To Be Decorated.

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They will look much better when fully decorated. That will be in the next two days. Today was just the lights.

The little, artificial tree is decorated but has new ornaments added daily — partly because the 2019 Lego ‘Friends Advent Calendar’ is doing tree ornaments this year.

I will keep you posted.

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The Snow Storm Adds Magical Glitter To Teischan’s Christmas Lights.

by Anura Guruge

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This was around 11pm last night. It had been snowing for about 2 hours. I went out for a walk in the snow — and it was BLAST. Took these pictures on my way out and on the way back. The house is like a BEACON in the dark. SMILE. Enjoy.

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The 2 Non-Fake Christmas Trees Are Up (But Not Decorated) — So, All 3 Trees Are Up On The Advent.

by Anura Guruge

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Got these two, $35/each
from ‘Farmington Boy Scouts Troop 188’
At ‘Harley Davidson’ In Rochester, N.H.

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Most of my work is done — i.e., buying and getting the trees inside and installed. I don’t do much of the decorating. There are enough hands for that. These two trees were BIG. Had to chop off a fair amount, on both, top and bottom. We have tree toppings so we need space at the top.

Having an electric chain saw makes it easy. SMILE. I am now even cutting vertical notches at the bottom to facilitate water absorption. Teischan, as always, helped since the trees are ‘her thing’. Wasn’t too bad. Waited until 2:30pm when the temp. was just about freezing. Felt warm and good.

No school tomorrow (Monday) because of the snow. So, I assume that some decorating will commence. Stay tuned.

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I Ordered A Google ‘Pixel 4’ On Thanksgiving Day & Got $300 Off From The Google Store, With 0% APR.

by Anura Guruge

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Oh, and I got 0% APR financing for 2-years!

How could I refuse? SMILE.

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The Google Store & I go back a long time — back to 2012 when I was one of the first to place a pre-order for the Nexus 7 pad. During the course of the last 7-years we have done much business.

I don’t care what folks say about the new Google Pixel 4. There is no other phone I would buy or own! Yes, I am a BIG fan of Google and Pixel phones. I had reasonably good luck with my Pixel 2 which I treated myself to for Christmas 2017. It was the first smartphone I owned. I used it mainly for the camera and by-and-large I have been reasonably happy with the camera. The Pixel 4 has an even better camera.

I buy Pixel for 2 main reasons: software and hardware! With Pixel, you, by definition, get the latest and greatest version of Android as soon it is released. Lot to be said for that. You also get the monthly security updates. So, there is that: Android software. Then there is also the Pixel camera software with all of its near-magical AI — and can I remind you of the fun I have had with the ‘Night Sight‘. The Pixel 4 camera software is supposedly even better.

Whereas folks are complaining about battery life on the Pixel 4, my experience has been that Google insisted on top-notch h/w components of its camera. You could tell. As some of you know I go through a lot of smartphones. Smartphones tax blacktooth, Wi-Fi and GPS hardware on the phone. The Pixel 2 always performed well.

So, that is why I am getting a Pixel 4.

Google tempted me mightily to get a Pixel 3 or 3a — earlier this year. But, I resisted. I knew I could wait until the new Pixel 4 with its new camera ‘bundle’. I hope I am amply rewarded.

Well, you will, of course, be able to see. SMILE.

P.S., I have been on Google Fi since Day #1 of the Pixel 2. Over the last month we went to the Google Fi GROUP PLAN, with 3 of us, now that they support Samsung phones. Yes, I will continue with Fi. Seems to work OK.

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Somebody Already Setup & Ready For Advent 2019 — Hours Ahead Of December.

by Anura Guruge

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Advent 2019 Guruge household

There are 5 Lego Advent calendars here — 4 set-up and the 5th, which was tree decorations, already hung on the tree. This represents the last 5 years worth of Lego advent calendars. At 13 I thought, mistakenly, that she wouldn’t want a Lego and instead would want an ‘adult’ one (e.g., jewelry).

I was WRONG. I was told off in no uncertain terms. She claims she is not too old. So, of course, I got her one. And an jewelry one — and a chocolate one. Actually two, one for the 19-year old too. She doesn’t do Advent!

2019 Advent.

2019 advent Lego calendar

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