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‘$1400’ 3rd Stimulus Check DEPOSITED Today, March 23, 2021 — One Day Early.

by Anura Guruge


The IRS ‘Get My Payment’ tool. Click here to go to that page at IRS.gov.


Click image to access this post — re. 2nd check, which was paper.


It came today. Tuesday, March 23, 2021. One day EARLIER than I had been told by the IRS ‘Get My Payment‘ tool over the weekend. Prior to this last weekend I could NOT get any status. Then over the weekend, to my relief & delight, it said it would be DEPOSITED into my bank account, account number ending ‘xxxx‘, on Wednesday, March 24, 2021.

I SMILED.

I kind of suspected that I would see it one day earlier. I was right. I got it Tuesday, rather than Wednesday.

Why?

Because I also get my monthly Social Security payment one day EARLY. Smile

Why?

I could LIE & say it is because I am special.

NO. NOPE. Nothing like that.

It is BECAUSE I bank with a small, ‘speciality’ bank that is NOT TOO greedy.

SSA send all our payments to our banks one day ahead of the Wednesday payday. Most banks, such as Bank of America, hold onto that money for a day & only make it available to you on Wednesday. Not so my bank. They show it on my account on Tuesdays. Always have ever since I started getting SSA in that account 4-years ago or so.

So, that explains that. I have talked about this before. I am amazed so many banks get away with holding the payments for a day — BUT then again SSA says ‘Wednesday’. So they are in their right.


That it was deposited to my account pleases I.

The last TWO stimulus checks (& yes I know that the plural is ‘stimuli’) were NOT deposited — but instead sent to us as paper checks. That irked I. We have been getting Social Security, deposited to our bank, for years. So, the SSA had our banking data.

Yes, it is also true that the IRS never had my banking data — till 2-weeks ago! I have to think that that was a PURE COINCIDENCE. They are unlikely to have been able to correlate that data with this payment that quickly; i.e., in less than 2-weeks.

I am sure that FINALLY the SSA & IRS collaborated & the SSA provided the IRS with banking data for us SSA recipients.


I hope you also got your ‘check’ IF you were due one & expecting one. 

I heard from many, when I did my last post, who were desperately waiting for theirs. My heart goes out to them.

I really hope that things are better this time around.

ALL THE BEST.

I honestly can’t help. I would, if I could.


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Newfie “Rowen’s” Very First Encounter With An Unfrozen Stream — Cute.

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It was cute. Temperatures here have only gone above freezing (& even then just during sunlight hours) in the last couple of days. So, everything has been frozen solids — & the lakes are still frozen. This stream, across a little-used hiking trail that I often frequent, just broke free from the grips of what was a hard & harsh winter. You can still see the ice in protected ‘coves’. Well, it was all knew to Rowen, who was born in Iowa, on November 30, 2020. He is indeed a snow puppy.

She walked into the water without any fuss. She is familiar with water. She has had enough baths & loves playing in her water bowl. BUT she would NOT drink the water — though she, as is common with that breed, is always thirsty. She didn’t even sniff it. But, I am sure she will work it out in no time. Braxton, as is his wont, was lapping away. She paid no heed.


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Marvelous ‘Marvin Hagler’ — I Had No Idea That He Lived (At Least Part-Time) In New Hampshire.

by Anura Guruge


Click here to access the ‘WMUR’ post with video clip.


I can’t claim to have been a fan. I knew of him & had seen a few of his fights. I got hooked on boxing, in the mid-1960s, when I was a (pre-)teen thanks to Cassius Clay (as he then was). I was a HUGE fan of his & avidly watched all his fights (& in the late 1960s that sometimes was a challenge since I did NOT have ready access to a TV (even a black-&-white one)). Consequently the only boxing I initially followed was (super) Heavyweight. All other classes looked uninspiring & I thought there was way too much flailing around. Hence, why I never got around to following Marvelous ‘Marvin Hagler’.

That said I would have liked to have met him. Bought him a drink or two. IF I knew he lived in Bartlett I would have gone up & discovered where he hung out.

I heard, yesterday, as the sad news of his ‘early’ death was announced’ that he was from & associated with Massachusetts. Well, I did some research. He sure was born in MA.

That he lived in NH may need clarification. He did own a house in Bartlett. That is true. But, he also owned a house is Milan, Italy — & his current (second) wife is Italian. So, I am not sure whether he lived in NH full-time. Well, that is now academic. He does not, alas, live anywhere. Shame.


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‘Intuit’ ‘TurboTax’ ‘Satisfaction Guaranteed Refund Policy’ Is A Joke, A Scam — Totally & Utterly Sleazy.

by Anura Guruge



I will NEVER, EVER have anything to do with Intuit TurboTax again. Wow. I am in shock.

I bought the CD/Download “TuboTax DELUXE” for $120. I downloaded. Went to install it. It would NOT install since I run Windows 7. TurboTax requires Windows 10. I do NOT have a Windows 10 machine.

I thought getting a refund, giving the circumstances would be easy. A piece of cake. WOW. Not so. Took me over 2-hours just to reach a person. They could NOT do anything over the phone. Well, READ the image at the top. 5 to 7 business days JUST to review the request. Then UP TO 6-weeks to make the REFUND.

6 FRIGGING WEEKS! To refund $120 that they got from me.

That is NOT right. That is WRONG.

I never would have thought that Intuit was that scammy!

WOW.

So, BE AWARE.

HEADS UP.

I am going with H&R Block. They couldn’t be any worse. Yes, their software doesn’t run on Windows 7 either. So, I will have to use the ONLINE version. Not happy.



As regular readers of this block know, I am a HUGE & long time fan & supporter of the IRS ‘Free Fillable Forms‘. I have been doing my own taxes, without ‘tax software’ for at least the last 7-years. I can do it again, all on my own, without ‘TurboTax’ (equivalent), this year too. But, I could do with some CALCULATION help NEXT YEAR (i.e., 2021 taxes). Due to some ‘exceptional’ Capital Gains, that I could not really delay for any longer, I will have to do some major calculations next year. Yes, I could do it by hand — & I probably will. But, it would be nice to have software on hand to check my calculations — rather than getting a letter from the IRS that I screwed up. Every time I get a letter from the IRS I am sure I lose 10-years of life expectancy — hence why I am already living on borrowed time.

Well, I like to plan ahead. Belts & braces. I don’t want to jump straight into using tax software in 2022 without ANY experience of how it works. Next year’s taxes are going to be complicated enough without having to contend with new software.

So, I was going to do a TRIAL RUN this year. Try & get familiar with the software.

Well Intuit SCREWED ME. Not happy.




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Two More Of ‘Rowen’, Our Newfoundland Puppy From Iowa, Just In Case You Were Getting Withdrawals.

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She is a handful, BUT cute & loving beyond words. Absolute joy though she drives all of us to distraction & beyond. Still ‘little’. Soon she will be BIGGER, much bigger. We are trying not to think what she will then get up to. Hopefully she will also start to mellow & not be as mischievous & curious. At the same time, as with kids, I hate to have them grow up. So much fun when they are young & the world is all new. Enjoy.


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Netflix “Rose Island” (2020) Movie — Funny & Looks Way Over The Top Until You Realize That It Is, Incredibly, A True Story!

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Click to access ‘IMDb.com’ listing for this entertaining, fun movie.


YouTube trailer.


Click to ENLARGE & read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_of_Rose_Island


Though I was living in Paris (i.e., not that far away) when this, i.e., ‘Rose Island‘ happened, I do NOT recall hearing about. But, I was all of 15, wasn’t that interested in news & had other, more pressing things on my mind. When I first saw the Netflix trailer I assumed that it was all made up. Quite the story. Funny etc. Then I realized that it is (nearly) all TRUE! Wow. How amazing. Incredible. I wish the movie provided more information as to how he, i.e., ‘Mr. Rose’, the engineer, built it. Could not have been easy.

Very entertaining. Easy to watch.

As with ‘A Fortunate Man‘ it has to have been dubbed because it was NOT made in English & the leading characters are mainly Italian. The dubbing is top-notch. It fooled me (but, usually that is NOT hard to do).

I definitely recommend this movie. Enjoy.


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Gator ‘Website Builder’, Not Perfect, But Certainly Better Than ‘Weebly’, V. Attractively Priced & Has 24/7 Chat Support.

by Anura Guruge



Well, the above image makes it pretty obvious as to what Website I am building. Yes, it is time.

I wanted a Website cum Blog that was easy to maintain & update WHILE at the same time giving me the flexibility of having tightly formatted Web pages — even if such views had to be limited, ALAS, to ‘Desktop Mode’.

Despite my near two decade experience with WordPress, it was not going to ‘cut it’. WordPress takes work — a lot of work.

As you may have seen, I played around, albeit it briefly, with ‘IONOS’ & ‘DreamHost‘. Nope. Did not meet my expectations. I then went to Weebly given that I use Weebly for both ‘guruge.com‘ & ‘wownh.com‘. But, this time around I was NOT impressed. My other two Websites (at Weebly) are ‘static’ & rarely updated. That was NOT going to be the case with this new Website. It had to be dynamic & easy to update & change. After a week of mounting frustration I asked for my money back. They did refund it quickly — though through a contact in the Weebly COMMUNITY rather than via their Support. It took their support over a week to get back to I. Weebly’s support has gone to … I am not sure where, BUT it is not online!

Then, after another round of research, I decided to check out HostGator’s ‘new’ Website Builder. Their pricing was definitely very competitive & they had a 45-day refund policy. Plus, they were TRYING to cater for bloggers.

I started with them about 5-days ago. It was easy enough to get started. There were some bits that were confusing, i.e., the blog being handled within 2-pages; a main-page that carried summaries & the blog proper. Their documentation & knowledge base — ler’s say — is EVOLVING. Thankfully, they do have decent 24/7 CHAT support — from India. I have used them thrice, & each time they helped me out. So, that was good. They also have phone support, but it is not 24/7. I have yet to try it. There is also a PREMIUM support option that you can buy. I have not explored that as yet.

It is definitely easier & MORE FUN to use than Weebly! Of that, there can be no doubt or debate. More flexible. ‘Snap to Grid’ based designing BUT you can get (most times) the vertical/horizontal spacing you desire (at least on ‘Desktop Mode’) without having to settle to the CLUNKY/UGLY spacing that Weebly insists on.

Gator also offers a whole bunch of features I have never seen before like ANIMATION & GLOW. Wow. It is more akin to PowerPoint than anything else I have seen.

That said, it has some INEXPLICABLE shortcoming. One that blows my mind. You can’t add CAPTIONS to images! Yes, you read that right. You have to add the caption as a separate text box. Yikes. That is really distracting. I also still haven’t found a way to save/store a color palette. So, I am constantly having to BANG in RGB codes in hex. Yikes.

I have offered to WORK with them to IMPROVE the offering but they rebuffed me.

Get the feeling that those designing the software have zero experience creating & running a production Website/blog. Shame. This could be the BEST Website builder out there. I have never used Wix, but I think that Gator could beat it IF they just get feedback from some experienced users.

Well, I am still working on the Website. When it is up, I will, of course, be blasting it all over the place.

I will also try to keep you posted on my progress with Gator Website builder.


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Netflix “A Fortunate Man” (2018) Movie — One Of The Most Powerful Movies I Have Seen In A Long Time. Sobering.

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Click to access ‘IMDb.com’ listing for this outstanding movie.


YouTube trailer
ALAS in Danish.
Netflix is DUBBED English.


Absorbing. Mesmerizing tale. I so wanted it to be ‘based on a true story‘ — BUT I do NOT think it is. Shame.

Danish, BUT on Netflix the dialogue is all IMMACULATE English. I did not even check to see if I could see any mismatch with lips because it did NOT come across as having been dubbed.

I also learnt (just now), when I looked it up on IMDb, that it has started off as a 4-episode mini-series. Netflix has to have spliced them together to create a 2 hour 47 minute movie.

Definitely worth watching. Only for MATURE audiences, NOT because of the brief nudity BUT because it is a deep, profound movie.

One of the best movies I have seen of late.


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‘Rowen’, Our Newfoundland Puppy From Iowa, 89-Days Old — We Have Had Her For Exactly A Month.

by Anura Guruge




We picked her up, in West Point, Iowa, exactly a month ago. We drove 2,700-miles just to get her.

She is 89-days old, today. 1-day she of being 3-months.

She is a handful, BUT what a joy. A lot of fun. Plays with everything & anything. LOVES snow shovels. She attacks them while we try to shovel. Good job that we love her. We stand there till she is done. Takes 3-times as long to shovel. But, for obvious reasons, does not like my monster snow blower.


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Netflix “The Dig” (2021) Movie — Superbly Showcases WW II-Era British Human Decency, Class Snobbery & Homosexuality.

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Click to access ‘IMDb.com’ listing for this outstanding movie.


YouTube trailer


I watched this Netflix movie, with awe, last night & did NOT want it to end. I kept on wishing & hoping that it was a SERIES rather than a solitary movie because I wanted MORE. Much more. It was that good.

Netflix has done it again. They really have found the touch. This was a GREAT movie. Yes, IF you are NOT an Anglophile you might complain that it was a tad slow. But, it needed that pace to SHOWCASE & dramatize its touching take on what used to be quintessential British HUMAN DECENCY. Britain used to be famous for it & I think we can still find it there. Wow. So many examples of how decent we were. Brought tears to my eyes.

Also, alas, but realistically portrayed what used to be — & probably still is, but not as blatantly — British CLASS warfare. Wow. Working class against the TOFFS. Smile.

Though many might not notice it, the movie also cast quite the light on what used to be rampant male homosexuality among the ‘Oxbridge’ crowd. I, even in the late 1960s, saw it first hand. I got expelled from Public School because I went to extraordinary lengths to bring this (among some of the Masters) to the attention of the parents. Thanks to my efforts quite a few kids managed to convince their parents to take them away from Boarding School. So, this theme amused me, no end. SMILE.

Good movie. IF you liked ‘Downton Abbey’ you probably will ENJOY it. Watch it. You will THANK ME. Based on a TRUE STORY.

Click to ENLARGE & read here. Wikipedia link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sutton_Hoo


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