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Taking Selfies My Way — Day #10 Post-Knee Surgery — March 17, 2019.

by Anura Guruge


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I am sure I am trying to convince myself that I am still alive — albeit a hopeless cripple on crutches.

St. Patrick’s Day 2019.

‘Outback Steakhouse’ in Bedford, NH.

I must have got some water on my right chin while washing my hands. I am not crying. I should but that will not fix my problems.


43rd post in this “Taking Selfies My Way” series.

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Last Time Easter Was On April 21, As In 2019, Was 1957 — 62-Years Ago.

by Anura Guruge


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Easter, your quintessential ‘movable feast’ can fall between March 22 (since it HAS to be after the Spring Equinox) and April 25 (i.e., essentially the 28-day lunar month).

So, this year’s April 21 Easter is at the further end of the range.

As with last year, we again have a 62-year gap. That is quite the coincidence.

Another coincidence. Last year’s April 1 Easter was the first such Easter as of 1956. This year, first April 21 since 1957.

I have as yet not been able to work out why we get a 62-year gap … as between 1956 and 2018 and twice in prior years. The 68-year confounds me even further.

11-year gaps for such ‘movable holidays’ is common — the 11 having to do with the 7-day week and leap years every 4-years. As you can see we do get 11-year gaps quite often, just not the last time around. 35-year gaps are fairly common too.

But, 62- and 68-year are the LONGEST possible gaps for Easter.


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Taking Selfies My Way — Part 42; Day #5 Post-Knee Surgery — March 12, 2019.

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Five days after my major knee surgery on Thursday, March 7, 2019. This was on the way back from seeing the surgeon, for the first time, since the operation. It was just to get the original dressing taken off.

Stopped, for the very first time, at the Rochester “Granite Steak & Grill”. Took this picture there.

P.S., I didn’t do a very good job shaving.


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Taking Selfies My Way — Part 41; While Recovering From Knee Surgery — March 9, 2019.

by Anura Guruge


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Second day after my major knee surgery on Thursday, March 7, 2019. Just about 48-hours because the ‘what had been outstandingnerve block catheter was running out of juice — exactly as they had told me.

First outing since the surgery. We had to go to the dump. Took our Ford Taurus. Not as easy getting into it as is the Nissan Quest. But, I managed.

I couldn’t get in and out. I was stuck in the car. Then I saw this apparition in the rearview mirror. Couldn’t resist.


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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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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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Had No Idea That Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz Is Only 32-Years Old.

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I kind of vaguely remember hearing that a nationalistic, right-winger had been elected as the Austrian chancellor. But, I didn’t give it much heed. I was too busy worrying about nationalistic, right-winger closer to home. And today they were together, side-by-side at the White House. That is why I got a good look at him. Plus the Drump did mention that ‘he’, i.e., Sebastian, looked young and indeed was young.

Wow. 32-years old. Must have been close to 30 when he was elected. Europe’s youngest head of state.

As I suspected (& hoped) Wikipedia does have a list of ‘youngest heads of state‘ ALBEIT only since 1945. But, at least it gives you some perspective. So, Sebastian is NOT the youngest by a long chalk. Maybe one of the youngest to be genuinely elected.

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