Tag Archive | 2020

COVID-19 Notwithstanding, I Got About In 2020 — As Attested By ‘Google Maps’.

by Anura Guruge


It is SCARY that Google keeps track of EVERYWHERE I go!

Well, this is there summary of my travels in 2020 — COVID-19 or NO COVID-19.

In the end I travelled as much as I normally would have — THOUGH I did not take any type of public transport, get ANY takeout or go to a restaurant as of March 2020. So, all of these trips were road trips — many of them documented here.

The COVID restrictions did NOT start applying to us till mid-March. By then we had already done two trips — one to Newport, Rhode Island & the other to Rockland, Maine.

Then right through the Summer it was Day Trips — though one involved a 9-hour drive.

Then as of late August we made the trip South — all the way to North Carolina.


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by Anura Guruge


2020 Christmas Revels (Cambridge, MA) Traditional ‘Thank You’ Video — To Help Us Look Forward To 2021.

by Anura Guruge


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YouTube video.


I have already openly lamented, multiple times, that NOT going to ‘Christmas Revels‘, in Cambridge, was the WORST COVID-related DEPRIVATION I suffered in 2020! Think about it. Not going to restaurants, not going to Acadia, not going to Boston — missing ‘Revels’. Moreover, as my 14-year old daughter, another HUGE ‘Revels’ fan (who has been to at least 11 Revels) will attest, I was worrying about it getting cancelled way back in March! That was how early I was thinking about Christmas ‘Revels’ — & that from a man notorious for refusing to plan too far ahead. We, i.e., she & I, had even agreed that we would go to the LAST show — going to last shows something we like doing.

So, getting this video was a consolation.

Needless to say, it is VERY GOOD. Brilliant. Nice to see some familiar faces & hear some voices we know so well.

A BIT put out to see folks seated in MY SEAT in the balcony! That is supposed to be where I am. SMILE.

Watch. Enjoy. Plan for December 2021.


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I Walked 2,800 Miles (4,480 Km) In 2020, 1,000 Miles More Than I Did In 2019.

by Anura Guruge


Busting my knee on February 28, 2019, when I slipped on ice, & the amazingly successful surgery a week later, proved to be an EYE OPENER, a turning-point in my life. I had been walking/running prior to that, BUT my busted knee (& pre-diabetic blood glucose levels) told me that I had to UP my game.

I did.

It has now become second nature. I just put in the steps.

So, it can be done.

IF I can do it, then anyone can.


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Lego Advent Calendars For 1998, 2006 & 2020 Completed.

by Anura Guruge


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The 1998 (very 1st Lego advent) to the left & 2006 (year ‘she’ was born) to the right.


The 1998  now on the right & 2020 on the LEFT.


You can see how they have evolved.

The very 1st, in 1998, was CLASSIC lego (of the time), CUTE & simple. They didn’t have many ‘shapes’/’models’. There were at least 5 planes.

By 2006 they had got more sophisticated. Of the three, that is probably the best.

2020 is just cheap & tacky.

We have 6 others too! Smile.


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US Postal Service (USPS) Now Having Trouble Chewing Gum & Delivering Mail At The Same Time.

by Anura Guruge



What my title should really say is: “The USPS can’t track packages & deliver at the same time“.

The tracking is basically the issue. Having to track items screws them up. I have learnt this over the last 3-years from similar experience. Doesn’t happen all the time, but happens MORE OFTEN than not.

Just recently when I was at my local post office I heard one of the ‘postals’ saying this to a customer who was inquiring why a tracked item was still in the system rather than having been delivered. TRACKING.

This is PRIORITY MAIL. 11-days & it has moved 58-miles!

Yes, the COVID Christmas of 2020 has exacerbated matters, but this is what we have in this country.

To be honest, I will just be glad if it just gets delivered.


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Christmas 2020 At The Guruge Household.

by Anura Guruge


Just a snapshot. A collage. NOT COMPREHENSIVE. Much more, BUT I haven’t got around to capturing it all.

Yes, we still have 3 Christmas trees, BUT for the first time in 14-years ONLY one is real. Two fake! Yikes. NOT my decision. But, someone — & we will not name names — wanted a PINK Christmas tree. Hard to find a real Christmas tree that is pink. SMILE.

Two Santa villages. 10 Advent calendars.


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The Very Avant-Garde, Sci-Fi 2020 Vatican Nativity Scene That Has NOT Impressed The Pope.

by Anura Guruge


Just a few images from Google. You can do your own search.


Given that they have been doing nativity scenes for so long, they, i.e., the Vatican, does like to experiment & try out new themes.

This one is ‘interesting’. Yes, kind of a time warp so to speak. An astronaut, in a spacesuit, at the birth of Jesus.

To be fair, Pope Francis, has never been too thrilled with ANY of the Vatican nativity scenes since he has been pope. He sees them as a waste of money. He might have a point.

But I can see how this one could irk him more than most.


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Lego Advent Calendars Have NOT Got Better For The Years.

by Anura Guruge


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Got 3 this year: 1998 (very 1st Lego advent), 2006 (year ‘she’ was born) & 2020 (this year).


Older ones … 2 are Advent ornaments, HUNG on tree.

 


Having 3 side-by-side sure gave us a chance to compare how Lego advent calendars have evolved since they introduced the first one in 1998.

And the answer is NOT very well.

The 2020 is cheap & chintzy with very little appeal.

The 1998 is CUTE but you can see how dated it is.

Lego basically has been cutting costs.

Yes, the new ones come with a MAT. Even in 2006 there was NO mat.

But, another sign of the times. C’est la vie.

 


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