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Post Trump, Democrats Flip A State Seat From The Republicans In Blood Red Wolfeboro, NH — The First!

by Anura Guruge

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from WMUR.

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Symbolic, encouraging and hopefully, with a TON of luck, a harbinger of things to come.

What is most significant is that is BLOOD RED Wolfeboro — where Mittens Romney has one of his many mansions (and a few of his many wives).

Trump won Wolfeboro by a 7% margin. It is one the REDDEST towns in New Hampshire.

This win make NO difference at the NH House. The Democrats lost a seat in Hillsborough County and the GOP margin in NH is HUGE.

But, a small victory for us.

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Johnnie James Of ‘Sweetrock’ Playing At ‘110 Grill’, Rochester, New Hampshire — Sunday, May 22, 2017.

by Anura Guruge

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Attribution WILL be enforced.

We lucked out in that we got to see/hear him, albeit but for a way-too brief, few minutes, when we went for lunch at the ever so impressive, (still relatively new) ‘110 Grill’ in Rochester, New Hampshire. He, ‘Johnnie James‘ of ‘Sweet Rock‘, was the icing on what had already proved to be a very nice cake.

I had never heard of him BUT I intend to rectify that.

He was good, very good and a extremely pleasant gentleman. Lot of class, presence and panache.

He started playing at 3pm when we were just about getting ready to leave. Plus, we were seated in the patio (it being an absolutely gorgeous day) and ‘110 Grill’ for all of its modernity and expense not having a way to pipe the live music from indoors to the patio. I, however, went inside and listened to him for a few minutes — and as is my wont also had a few quick words and exchanged business cards. He has an extensive and varied song book.

Definitely good. Worth seeing and WORTH BOOKING.


All pictures and video taken with my Sony a7 II.

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‘110 Grill’, Rochester, New Hampshire — Impressive Indeed; A Welcome Addition To The Region.

by Anura Guruge

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We had lunch there on Sunday, May 21, 2017, and I was pleasantly impressed. A very good experience overall. We will definitely be going back and I already signed up for the loyalty program (and am 60% towards my first $10 discount).

Teischan wanted to go to Walmart to get some more craft supplies and since it was such a beautiful day, and we hadn’t done much yesterday, I suggested that we might as well do lunch on the way.

We had seen this ‘grill’ a number of times given that we go to that ‘Walmart Mall‘ or drive past it at least 5 -6 times a month. We were under impression that it had just opened quite recently — like in May. We were wrong. They have been open since December. Wow. I wish I knew. I would have gone in much sooner. Our loss.

It was impressive in every way. Great ambience. Very modern, very pleasing to the eye, spacious and airy. We sat outside on the patio. That was first class and you could not have had a better day.

The service was impeccable! They really try hard.

The menu was good and catered to MY taste. I ordered the ‘Asian Calamari’ and the ‘Tempura Shrimp’. Now we are Calamari connoisseurs and will invariably order it if it is on the menu. This calamari was one of the BEST. It was good. On par, if not better, than the one I have at the ‘Cheesecake Factory‘ in Cambridge, MA when I visit the BostonMuseum of Science‘. The shrimp was also good and put to shame the ones I had recently at ‘Ruby Tuesday‘. We both had the ‘Kale Brussels Salad’ and that was good too.

I had a ‘Jameson Julep‘ given that it was Summer and I was outside. It was ‘OK’ but not to the standard of the ‘Mint Mojitos‘ served at ‘Uno

Actually this place, with all the flowers outside, reminded me, greatly, of the ‘Uno‘ in Concord, NH. That is not a bad thing. I love that Uno.

Initially I thought the prices were a tad rich for Rochester, but looking at the menu again I realize that they are not bad.

They even had live entertainment — starting at 3pm. It was ‘Johnnie James‘ of ‘Sweetrock‘ and he was good. My only gripe, and I made my feelings heard, was that you could not hear him from the patio! They — and it is a franchise — have spent a pretty penny on this place and they have piped music in the patio. But they don’t have a means to relay the live information, from inside, to the patio. So, I had to go inside to listen to Johnnie. That did not amuse me.

I recommend this place — highly. I will let you know when I visit again.

All pictures taken with my Sony a7 II.

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First ‘Lady Slipper’ Of 2017 In Central New Hampshire.

by Anura Guruge

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Attribution may be sought.

There is irony here.

This is a bank, by a side of a road, where we will get a lot of Lady Slippers shortly. This is what that bank looked like last year.

I have been going there the last few days, Sony a7 II in hand, hoping to see the first Lady Slippers.

To be fair these slippers have been there for over a year. Just amuses me.

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Super Cool, Painted Tree Branch Sculpture In Barrington, New Hampshire.

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This was the artist behind this. Click image to access his BREATHTAKINGLY amazing Website. Wow. Wow. Wow.

I went to UNH (Durham) to meet with my friends at the ‘Confucius Institute‘ to discuss the logistics for their involvement in the upcoming, June 24, 2017, ‘Concord Multicultural Festival‘. Saw these, on Route 125 on the way out. Though, as usual, I had my camera, in this case my new Sony a7 II, right at hand, on the passenger seat, I did not stop but made a mental note to do so on the way back. And I did.

Appears to be a project by the Barrington Middle School (BMS) and this amazing artist Mark Ragonese. I had never heard of him BUT glad I was able to read his name on one of my photos. {SMILE} There are many benefits I derive from taking these pictures. {SMILE}

Enjoy. This has INSPIRED me. I would like to try this.

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Teischan, May 18, 2017 ‘Alton Central School’ (ACS) Chorus & Band Concert.

by Anura Guruge

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I had to crop the images to make sure
that nobody else could be seen —
because of privacy concerns.

Taken with my new Full-Frame Sony a7 II.

by Anura Guruge

Updated The Firmware On My New Full-Frame Sony a7 II From 3.10 To 3.30.

by Anura Guruge

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Sony’s ‘Updater’ utility for Sony a7s — running on Windows 7.

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Firmware version 3.30 for Sony a7 II (i.e., ILCE7M2) was release on November 18, 2016.

Since I ordered my Sony a7 II from Cameta Camera (via Amazon) on May 11, 2017, I had just assumed that it would be at 3.30.

It was NOT!

It was at 3.10. There were ZERO (‘0’) shutter actuations and the camera does look new. So, I am hoping that this is STILL a brand new camera. IF SO, this does not make sense.

I have e-mailed both Cameta Camera and Sony seeking an explanation.


I was NOT happy being 2 version down on the Firmware.

So after some Googling to make sure that 3.30 was NOT a total dud, I went ahead and started the upgrade process this morning using the Sony instructions and tool.

On Windows 7 (64-bit) had to download the Sony ‘updater’ TWICE. First download was somehow corrupted and would not run. Though the download finished, without issue, the downloaded file was 169MB — when it should have been 219MB.

Second download was fine, and was 219MB.

After that everything went without a glitch.

Took 14- minutes — which is pretty damn close to the 15-minute Sony tells you.

So, I am happy with that. Not sure I notice any differences. That AF might be a tad faster might just be wishful thinking on my part.


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