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What “A Sense Of Accomplishment” Looks Like.

by Anura Guruge


Woke up on Sunday, February 18, 2018, to much more snow than had been forecast for the supposedly ‘mainly Southern’ Winter Storm “Noah”.

There was about 6″ to 7″ on the ground and over a 1″ by the mailbox where the town plow piles it up.

So, around 10:05am Teischan and I set out to shovel. Devanee had parked her van at the top of the drive so that she could get out to work, at 7am, without having to shovel much …

So, here is what we did.

Yes, I wear a Fitbit Ionic on my wrist that tells me steps, floors etc., BUT trust me when I tell you that there is no sense of accomplishment to that of clearing a drive by hand and knowing that YOU did it. It is very satisfying. No, not as good as sex, but up there. So …


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General lay of the land before we started shoveling.


20 minutes of shoveling.

1.5 HP — Human Power (HP), Teischan & I.

That was satisfying.


Clearing the mailbox. Much deeper snow.

Just 1 HP — Just I.

About 25 minutes, non-stop.

Dig, Pick-up, Throw. Great upper body exercise. 



After the mailbox.

About 35-minutes of pushing snow with a snow-pusher.

Very satisfying to see what you have achieved. Not sure about others. But, my body feels good …



This is why I resist getting a snowblower. We have a cleaner drive than those with snowblowers and I do NOT have to breath in exhaust fumes or listen to the racket of the engine. Mine is all fresh, clean air and either the sound of silence or birds chirping.

I will continue to shovel by hand until I finally can’t. Doubt whether I will ever keel over shoveling. Heart and other muscles much too used to the tempo of shoveling.


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Alton Bay “Airport On Ice” 2018 — In Full Swing, Saturday, February 17.

by Anura Guruge


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Last week Alton’s famous ‘Airport on Ice‘, on Alton Bay, on Lake Winnipesaukee, NH, was ready for action but there was a paucity of planes. Not so on Saturday, February 17. This is the ‘carnival’ weekend, with Sunday slated as the day of the ‘festival’ per se. But, it is snowing as I write and there will be snow on the runway and taxiway first thing in the morning until it is cleared.

Today was a tad colder than last weekend, at 33°F (i.e., just above freezing). But, with no snow on the ice, the Bay was slippery. I did NOT want to venture far with my Sony a7 II. IF I fell and damaged it — that would be a bit of a shame.

Sunday will be warm, in the 40s°F (4.4+°C). So, I think there will be a fair amount of plane traffic come the afternoon.

Enjoy.


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The Camel In Alton, NH, Joined By Two Bison — Next Door To “Camp David”.

by Anura Guruge


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Alton’s now famous ‘Snow Camel‘, “Roger“, is a rescue camel! He was emancipated from a farm in the Midwest that could no longer take care of him.

He has been in Alton, New Hampshire, on the farm next door to “Camp David“, on Route 28, since June 2015.

The two buffalo, that look young, are new. I first saw them about a month ago. Today was the first time I got stop and take a picture of them. I did not have my Nikon P900 super-zoom. They were a bit far from the road, there was deep snow that prevented me from getting too close and the light was against me. I know the owners and they will let me come and get some better picture.

This is mainly for the record. Yes, we now have bison as well as a camel in Alton. The bison may have something to do with “Camp David” in that the metal gates for the Camp have always featured two bison. Not sure what the story is here. Not sure what transpires at “Camp David”. It seems closed for the Winter.

Anywho … stay tuned.


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Alton Bay “Airport On Ice” 2018 Ready To Roll — But Lacks Planes.

by Anura Guruge


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I had read, on Thursday, that the runway had been cleared of snow and that the 2018 ‘Airport on Ice‘, on Alton Bay, on Lake Winnipesaukee, NH, was ready for action.

Given that Saturday was warm (i.e., 40°F (4.4°C)) with nary a gust of wind I expected to see a stream of planes landing and taking off. Bit crushed that it was EMPTY when we swung by around 2pm. There might have been a few planes earlier. There were some tire tracks on the apron — where the planes park. But, it could have been a car.

Yes, I know that the ‘Festival’ per se is next weekend, but in prior years we have had planes before and after the festival.

I plan to swing by on Sunday too, but we are expecting a ton of rain — which would not be conducive to flying.


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January 31, 2018: Forget “Blue Moon Eclipse” In New Hampshire, Focus On The Supermoon.

by Anura Guruge


Blue Supermoon over New Hampshire Wednesday, January 31, 2018 Anura Guruge

Base skychart, as ever, from “neave.com/planetarium” — with much appreciation.


Forget the “Blue Moon Eclipse“. It will NOT be a total eclipse in New Hampshire. Nada.

It will be partial, it will be early in the morning, the moon will most likely be BELOW the New Hampshire tree line and it will be fleeting.

It really is a NON-EVENT in New Hampshire.

The Supermoon — a Blue Moon at that — Wednesday evening is a whole different matter.

It will NOT be Blue. Sorry. ‘Blue’ denotes rarity — 2nd full moon in a month.

It will not be as near to us as the 1st one on January 1, 2018.

Clouds, always a problem in New Hampshire, might be a problem.

But, definitely go out, tomorrow night and have a gander. You might even see it through the clouds.

Enjoy.


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