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February 2019 ‘Super Moon’.

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I do not think I need to explain this. Right? Super Moon rising.

 


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Moonshadow — Ahead Of The ‘Super Moon’ On February 19, 2019.

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Taken with my Google Pixel 2 Phone.

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This was 9:41pm, Monday, February 18, 2019 — ahead of the ‘Super Moon‘ on the 19th. The moon was bright and had been all evening/night. I had taken some previous picture too. Pretty impressive. Wanted to share with you. Enjoy.

Given that I was a HUGE Cat Stevens fan I can never look at moonshadow without his song playing in my head. So, I wanted to share that with you too since I am sure that some of you have never had the privilege of getting to know THE Cat. So, here … Enjoy it too.


Same picture. Few minutes later, albeit with my Google Pixel 2’sNight Sight‘ enabled.
Pretty amazing … right?


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‘Autofinders’, Laconia, N.H. — Outstanding Used Car Dealership.

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I bought a 2008 Ford Taurus from Heath England, at ‘Autofinders‘ in Laconia, on Friday, January 25, 2019, and I have nothing but good things to say about the whole experience and the car.

It was an outstanding experience. Made you feel good. No buyer’s remorse of any sort. Heath and his dad, Jeff (the chief mechanic), made sure that the whole process was upfront, reasonable, quick and painless. Probably the BEST car buying experience I have ever had and as some of you know I am no stranger to buying cars. I have over the last 4 decades bought a lot of cars — on two continents.

On Thursday, January 24th, I needed ANOTHER car in a HURRY — like within 18-hours! We had to get rid of the 2004 Ford Explorer. It needed a wheel bearing. The Quest was in Maine for a week. Devanee (18) needed her car (the Infiniti) for school and work. Though the two Jags & the MGB were registered and insured I am not partial to using them in snow and we had a lot of snow on the ground and more coming. So, I needed a SNOW CAR — ASAP. That was when I serendipitiously stumbled upon ‘Autofinders’ and lucked out talking with Heath.

I had four requirements:

  1. A decent (but fair, win-win) price.
    …..
  2. Payment by credit card because there was no time for certified checks
    (and I have enough credit …) {Smile}.
    …..
  3. 20-day plates, because I wasn’t going to run-around getting it registered
    (and I will not drive with illegal plates).
    ….
  4. At least a 30-day warranty in case the wheels fell off.
    ….

Trust me, it was NOT easy to find a dealership in NH who could meet all of these criteria until I found ‘Autofinders’.

I can’t believe the number of dealers that tell you, boldface, to use plates from another car! That is a CRIME. The police can arrest you if you get stopped. Incredible. I kind of automatically rule out clowns that tell me to commit a crime because it means that they have no compunction doing the same. And I rather not deal with that ilk. At ‘Autofinder’ you can get a perfectly valid 20-day plate for FREE. I liked that.

Yes, when I pay by credit card the merchant has to pay a percentage of the price to the credit card company as a commission. I know that, and I also know what the percentages are. So, I am NOT impressed when a dealer tells me that if I pay by credit card they want x2 to x3 times that commission! That just increases the price of the car. Heath was totally honest. Said he would juts charge me what it was going to cost him. You cannot be FAIRER than that. I liked him. He, belying his age, truly knows the art of the deal. He didn’t know but he was dealing with an ol’ pro. I liked his style. He knows that negotiations have to be fair, win-win on both sides.

I saw the Taurus online. I called up ‘Autofinders’. Spoke to Heath. We negotiated on price and warranty. Didn’t take long. I said I will be there the next day. Offered to give him a deposit, by credit card, over the phone. He didn’t want it. He said he would hold it for I. He trusted I. That was good.

Very smooth transaction and extremely FAST. Wow. He gets that paperwork done fast. It was good. I was impressed.

I wanted a longer extended warranty that covered more than the powertrain. He got me a 2-year deal. He sold it to me at a small discount, since this warranty replaced the one he was going to give me. I checked around on this warranty. People say that they will accept it.

So far, so good. No problems with the Taurus. We like it. It is AWD and as such handles snow with impunity.

So, as you can see I am rather chuffed with ‘Autofinders’.

No hesitation in recommending them. Call them up or go to see them. Talk to Heath or Jeff. You will like them both. They are fun, decent folk.

I am SMILING.


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More Pictures Of Plane That ‘Crashed’ At Alton’s Famous “Airport On Ice” On February 10, 2019.

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You can see the BENT prop on the left and the scraped paint on the right prop.




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They have moved the plane from the ice to an adjoining car park. It was blocking the main taxiway — so that makes a lot of sense.

I guess they are still waiting for the FAA to finish its investigation — and hopefully to get a new prop. That seems to be the only thing that got damaged. I have to suspect that a prop is not cheap. Plus most likely their insurance will go sky high.

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Plane That ‘Crashed’ At Alton’s Famous “Airport On Ice” On February 10, 2019.

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You can see the BENT prop on the far-side. The plane is held up on a trestle.

Wider perspective.


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We drove by at 3:45pm hoping to take some pictures of planes to add to those that I took last Sunday.

This was the ONLY plane there was and I knew that it had had a mishap. It was all on its lonesome in the middle of the taxiway and you could clearly see that it was propped up. From past accidents, I assume they have to wait for a FAA (NTSB) inspector to come and check the accident and give the ‘all clear’.

When I got home I saw the ‘Union Leader’ post (above).

We have had more spectacular crashes in the past. See below.

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N.H. Supreme Court Ruling On ‘Free The Nipple’ (Kia Sinclair et. al.) Is Confounding & Seems A Travesty.

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The February 8, 2019,
New Hampshire Supreme Court
Opinion on Kia Sinclair et. al.

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This NH Supreme Court ruling upsets me GREATLY.

How can it NOT be discriminatory. I as a male can do something, legally, that a woman can’t do — and that is not right and it is discriminatory on the grounds of gender.

This has to go to the U.S. Supreme Court.

This should not have anything to do with politics — Democrats vs Republicans, and who nominated the judges. This is all about people, equality and common sense.

I was a big supporter of Kia Sinclair when she started ‘Free The Nipple‘. Then we found out that there were NO State Laws in NH that forbid the display of nipples. I thought, obviously incorrectly, ‘CASE CLOSED’. Kia Sinclair was right. I was wrong. Case was not closed. We have to continue to fight.

And I am back on the case. This has to end. As the photo below clearly shows I try to go topless most days during the NH Summer. I consider it a right. If I can go topless then Kia Sinclair should also be allowed to go topless.

This is so inane. So, New Hampshire.

August 23, 2015 — Hampton Beach, NH.



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Chinese Solo By Oyster River School (NH) High Schooler For 2019 Chinese New Year — At UNH.

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This was at the ‘Traditional Tung Oil Paper Umbrella’ event I wrote about yesterday.

It was at the University of New Hampshire, ‘Confucius Institute’ today and they are doing it again tomorrow, January 30, 2019. If you are around please try to attend. It is free.

She and 69 of her classmates are going to China (with National Geographic) this April. She was amazing. Had close 70 folks, having lunch, totally transfixed. The Oyster River Chorus and Band will perform this and other songs in China.


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