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My Friend & Neighbour, ‘Drew Tuttle’ WINS The ‘Last Chance Boston Qualifier’ Marathon In Grand Rapids, MI.

by Anura Guruge


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WOW. WOW. WOW.

Coming FIRST in a marathon! And pretty impressive time too — 2 hours 40 minutes. Just 20 minutes shy of the winning time at the 2018 Boston marathon.

He is young. Very early 20s. I have known him since he was about 12.

I see him running most days. Sometimes I am also running, but he makes me look like I am walking backwards. Extremely thin and superbly fit. He would run 12 miles a day without thinking about it while I suffer running my 3.5 miles.

Family of exceptional runners — father & two sons; Drew the elder of the two. Father, John, is the long distance running coach at our local high school. He has run the Boston Marathon numerous times — including the year of the bombing. This year Drew will be running. I am so excited and happy.

I have talked to Drew about the Olympics. That might now be possible.

This is so great.

He runs by our house most mornings while I am still in bed. I know he is going by because the dogs go crazy.

This made my day.


Drew Tuttle

Drew Tuttle

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Alton (NH) Shooting By 11-Year Old Boy (UPDATE): Both Victims Are Now Dead, Boy Adopted.

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Boston & overseas media (e.g., U.K. ‘Daily Mail‘) have now disclosed her, viz. Lizette Eckert’s, Facebook profile and even some of the pictures therein.

I do NOT feel comfortable doing that. So, I am only showing PIXELATED versions. You can go looking in Facebook if you so wish.

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Appears that the father, James Eckert (48), died Friday evening following the shooting that took place around 7:30am. He had been shot multiple times!

The mother Lizette Eckert (50) was dead, when the police arrived, from a single gunshot injury.

As soon as I saw the pictures of the three kids I had a hunch that the two boys may have been adopted. That has since been confirmed in the media (e.g., U.K. ‘Daily Mail’). They look like they might be brothers. So, they might have been adopted together.

I can’t stop thinking about the poor 11-year old kid. That I have a 12-year old that I devote much of my life has much to do with it. Just trying to work out what is going through his head and how he is coping with it all. I even had to look up New Hampshire juvenile detention laws. I am not clear. Appears that they would have to have, under normal circumstances, released him. But, they say he remains in custody. Oh dear. I think of him wanting breakfast!

Why?

11-year old.

That he had easy access to a gun makes me livid. The father, I assume, was responsible for that.

We will never know the details.

I have to think that it had to have been serious for a 11-year old to do what he did. I hope there was no ‘abuse’. They lived in the woods and the kids were homeschooled. Not sure who saw the kids on a regular basis.

That he took off into the woods, in 35F weather, in his pjs, in what is deep snow bothers me too. He thought he could run. He thought he could get away. He had to have been scared. Not right for a 11-year old.

If you are thinking that my thoughts are mainly about the 11-year old, you are right. Last year I was taking care of a 11-year old. I know their demands and needs. All I can think is this poor kid.

I would love to know where he is from. He has, at a minimum, a lot of Indian (as in Far East Indian).


Very close to home on two counts. The shooting happened about 2.5 miles away, as the crow flies, from our house. We had driven by the road on Tuesday.

A 11-year old did the shooting. We have a 12-year old.

Though ours had been homeschooled for a year, she had gone to the local school, viz. ACS, for nearly 8-years. Was this a classmate? Somebody she knew? I knew of at least one child, albeit a 12-year old girl, who lived in that vicinity.


I am sure the other two kids are being well taken care of. They appear to have a ton of family. She has 875 Facebook friends!

The poor kids are orphans. This is such a shame.

I am so fed up of mindless folks talking about prayer as it relates to this tragedy. Too late now.


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Fatal Shooting, By 11-Year Old Boy, In Our New Hampshire Town, Alton, This Morning.

by Anura Guruge


March 16, 2016, UPDATE.

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This morning, around 8:40am, I was trying to watch and digest the horrific news out of New Zealand when we got a call from the school to say that they were in LOCKDOWN because of a nearby shooting!

Ah!

By 8:55am we knew some of the details. As the day progressed we managed to piece together more.

It was unreal.


Very close to home on two counts. The shooting happened about 2.5 miles away, as the crow flies, from our house. We had driven by the road on Tuesday.

A 11-year old did the shooting. We have a 12-year old.

Though ours had been homeschooled for a year, she had gone to the local school, viz. ACS, for nearly 8-years. Was this a classmate? Somebody she knew? I knew of at least one child, albeit a 12-year old girl, who lived in that vicinity.

Around 1pm we were informed by the school that the 11-year was never registered at the school. So, I assume he was being homeschooled.

The names of the two victims were released this evening. Don’t know them. Might have seen them around.


I was wrong. I assumed that it would be the father that had been shot dead. No. The mother. The gun probably belonged to the father. Aren’t they supposed to be kept locked?


11-year old. Keep on trying to imagine what our 12-year was like last year. What would prompt a 11-year to do such a thing? Then take off into the woods, for 2-hours, in pjs. It was warm today, but not that warm and there is a lot of snow on the ground.

I have to say poor kid. His life will never be the same again.

He has been charged with murder! I am not sure how you can charge a 11-year old with murder? Isn’t he too young?

Just can’t imagine what must have been going through his head. I just hope he was not being abused.


Not sure what is more shocking Alton or NZ. Not sure that you can compare them or that a comparison is valid.

Both are horrific. Both are shocking. Both should never have happened.

What is happening to the world.

I am, however, pretty damn sure of one thing. Prayer is not going to fix either of these sad situation.


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My Latest ‘Wheels’ — Maybe The Spiffiest Of Them All.

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My very first time. Always wanted to try one out. Never had the guts.

Yesterday I had no choice. Wow. Easy to drive and very maneuverable. You can turn it on a dime.

Had bad luck though. No, NO, contrary to Teischan’s fears I did NOT run anyone over and I did not play bumper cars with any carts though I pretended like I was going to.

Had the battery on TWO — yes two — die on I! That wasn’t funny.

Hoping that this is not going to become a habit. I like to be mobile on my own two feet.

Oh, this was at ‘Market BasketRochester, NH.


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Had A Biasi B10/5, With Riello Burner, Installed In Central New Hampshire, Yesterday, For $5,800.

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Biasi B10/5 Riello burner New Hampshire Anura Guruge


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9 days ago I walked into our downstairs utility room and discovered a huge puddle of water under the ‘Smith Cast Iron‘ boiler. The damn thing, just 12-years old, had sprung a leak. When we finally took it apart yesterday we discovered that there were indeed two leaks and that one was a slow leak that had been there for quite a long time. Suffice to say, I was not amused.

My oil company, noted for their duplicity, could not wait to give me two ‘just-for-you‘ quotes. The first was $10,000 (to the dot) for a System 2000. The other was for $8,800 for a Biasi B10/4.

At that juncture I knew more about the Moon than I knew about boilers. I had never had one fail on me, and as such never had to get one.

But, as some of you know I am a quick learner when I have to be. And this warranted some serious research. So, I got cracking.

The System 2000, which looks like a futuristic spacecraft, is indeed the Cadillacs of boilers (though there is also a Rolls Royce). The System 2000 can have a 93% efficiency. But, they are expensive. The Biasi is 87% efficient.

A lot of people swear (in a good way) by the Biasi. It is a proven solution and the local HVAC guy I called for competing quote said that he has a Biasi at his house.

I checked and checked.

Discovered that the Biasi B10/4 that my duplicitous oil company was trying to foist on me was TOO SMALL for my needs. I needed the B10/5 which was at least $200 more. So, the oil company price was in the $9,000 range.

But, the oil company (and have I mentioned that they are duplicitous) was going to rip off everything I had — including water tank and 5 circulators — and put ‘new’ stuff in. But, there was nothing wrong with any of this stuff. Not even any stains. I did, however, need a new expansion tank.

The local HVAC guy, who I found on the Interweb, quoted me $5,800, fully installed, for a Biasi B10/5 with Riello burner and a new expansion tank. And that included hauling the old boiler away.

That seemed a fair price.

It was a full $3,000 lower than the duplicitous oil company quote for the SMALLER Biasi (i.e., B10/4 rather than B10/5). But, to be fair, it was not apples to apples since the duplicitous oil company was replacing everything (though I would not have been surprised if they used old components they obtained from a previous job). But, the local guys quote was still probably $1400 cheaper. Plus, he was a one-man shop and seemed decent enough.

Well it was installed Monday without too much drama – though we lost power halfway through. But, since I had both my generators going he had all the power needed.

So, far so good. It is not quiet. About as loud as the old unit. I gather the S2000 is whisper quiet.

Well, right now, I am NOT going to tell you the name of the local HVAC guy. If you want to know contact me. I want to wait a month or so to see that everything is hunky-dory with the install.

So, that is my story.

Plus, now, if you are looking for a price you know what I paid. I know the wholesale price for the Biasi B10/5 is around $2,200. But there is lot more bits needed than just the furnace and then there is the labor. It is a big job. Just moving the 500 pound boiler is no small task. And then there was also the old boiler and I gave them a hand moving that.

So, overall I think I did ‘OK’.


Heat flow in a 3-pass Biasi B10. Heats more than with a single-pass boiler.


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6-Hour (‘Scummy’) Eversource (PSNH) Power Outage In Alton (NH) — February 25, 2019.

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I knew that scummy Eversource would manage to stage a power outage for us. They are so damn predictable.

Yes, there was SOME wind, but it was NOT that bad this far up North. Look at the map. The winds were strongest further South.

Alton, who gets power from the Co-Op, did NOT lose power. Just frigging Eversource.

This was damn Eversource at their scummy, despicable best. I really resent them, I hate them so much that I would part with a kidney if I could get a different supplier!

As far as I am concerned they are the scummiest company I have the misfortune to deal with. Yes, I am not amused.

Yes, I had both generators going. So, we were OK. But, there was NO need for a 6-hour outage. Wind damage up here was NON EXISTENT.


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