Tag Archive | 2021

Lake Winnipesaukee [NH] 2021 Ice-Out: April 4 — 14th Joint Earliest On Record; Even Earlier Than Last Year.

by Anura Guruge


Ice Out 1999 to 2021.

Click to ENLARGE. Ice-out dates since 1999. Last column indicates # days into the year; i.e., days since January 1 of that year.

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I take LEAP YEARS into account.
This year was NOT a LEAP YEAR.
So, April 5 this year,
in terms of days since Jan. 1,
is 94. If it had been a Leap Year
it would have been day #95.


Pretty amazing. Even earlier than last year — by two days. Coincidentally, it was again on a Monday. Monday’s, of late, have become a good day for ice-outs.

I had NOT expected this year to be this soon given that it was a COLD winter.

But, I know WHY we got this early date. WINDS. WINDS. WINDS. It has been a WINDY year. Last week we had unusually high winds. That is what broke up the ice.


Vagaries of Ice Out 2000 to 2019.


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Rather Confusing COVID Vaccination Invitation By Boston’s (Famed) ‘Mass General Brigham’.

by Anura Guruge


This is the second e-mail invitation I have received from ‘Mass General’.

Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston (OCB), where I got my cataract surgeries, are a part of ‘Mass General’. I have to believe that this is why I got these two e-mails. So, I qualify as a Mass General patient through OCB. Cool.

Well, I didn’t bother to read the first invitation because I had LUCKILY already got mine, on March 6, 2021, even though I had to wait in line 3-hours.

But, today I read the 2nd e-mail (shown above). It would appear that I am NOT qualified since I am a NH resident. So, not sure HOW this would have worked.

Now, they DO know where I live. Trust me, they know where I live.

Hhhmmmm. I have to think about this. Not impressed.


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Donald Trump’s Alternative To ‘Twitter’ Will Be Called ‘Trumpeter’, Have ‘Dumbo’ As Its Flying Icon — & Will Debut April 15, 2021.

by Anura Guruge


Yes, it has taken them slightly longer than they had hoped & anticipated.

But, KILLER name. ‘Trumpeter‘. Gather that trusty Steven Miller came up with it.

Has it ALL. Sounds like Twitter. Captures HIS NAME PLUS the GOP elephant. Very clever.

Will debut April 15, 2021 — BUT, initially, by Invitation Only. You have to be a known MAGA supporter — ideally a donor of record. I thus qualify & hope to get my invitation shortly.

There is a rumor that you will have to cancel your Twitter account when you sign-up for ‘Trumpeter‘. That kind of makes sense.

I will keep you posted.


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The First Crocus Of 2021 In Our Yard — In Central New Hampshire.

by Anura Guruge



Saw it by accident. Hadn’t gone looking for any sprouts. Thought it was too early. We still had a snow covering just a few days ago.

This is a bank, in the yard, that gets a fair amount of afternoon sun. The crocuses here flower earlier than others most every year.

After I saw this one I went looking. Just this solitary crocus.

Wow.

So, 4-days later than last year, BUT unlike last year, no snow on the ground, at all, at all.


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Two Hikers Die In ‘Acadia National Park’, March 19, 2021 — Falling 100′ From Icy ‘Dorr Mountain’.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access coverage (shown above) from ‘News Center Maine’


Click to ENLARGE. Yes, my work. SMILE.


Click image to access my 2019 post. This is the LAST death at Acadia that I was aware of. But, that means nothing.


I belong to a ‘Maine Hiking‘ group on Facebook & as such heard about this long before it got to the media. SHAME. Us year-around hikers can relate — THOUGH I, in my dotage, tend to stay clear of dangerous icy hikes, just restricting myself to less-risky tracks. SMILE.

Shame.

I have never done Dorr — named after George B. Dorr, the so called ‘Father of Acadia National Park‘.

I used to TRY to keep track of deaths at Acadia. But, I live too far away. So, I only get to hear the more ‘notorious’ ones — such as this. I think it averages out to about 5 a year, though the Park Service refuses to count any that happen outside the LEGAL borders of the park, e.g., drownings at sea EVEN if they fell from Park property.

Well, I just wanted to let you know. Hopefully all the ice & snow will be gone, from the main trails, by end of next week. So, be careful.


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Search ‘Acadia’ & ‘deaths.


by Anura Guruge


2021 Spring Equinox In New Hampshire: Saturday, March 20 at 05:37 am (Eastern); 09:37 Greenwich.

by Anura Guruge


Happy Spring Equinox 2021.

[It is also called the Vernal Equinox
— that being the Latin for ‘Spring’.]


I also share with you “Spring“.
In this case the ‘2021 Spring Festival Gala’ from China.

Please enjoy.


Sunrise/Sunset for New Hampshire as of the
2021 Spring Equinox.

Notice that it is NOT EXACTLY 12 hours of sunlight on the Equinox.
That is mainly because we are so good at measuring time.
It has to do with the so called precession of the Earth’s axis.
Our rotation WOBBLES like a spinning top.

From, of course (where else), ‘timeanddate.com‘.

Click to ENLARGE and view here.
Use link below for original.

Click here for the ‘timeanddate.com’ original.


Yes, we are USED to the Spring Equinox being on March 20 (or 21).

Click to ENLARGE. Also from ‘timeanddate.com’.


It being on March 19 last year was EARLY.


As is my custom let me also please share some
catching ‘Allegories of Spring’
— Allegories of Spring a tradition
going back to at least the Renaissance.


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Check Category ‘astronomy’.


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IRS ‘Free File Fillable Forms’ For 2021 (i.e., 2020 Tax Year) AGAIN Has A Negative Number Error In ‘Schedule D’ — Precludes eFile.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE.


Click image to access THIS post about last year’s Schedule D negative number error. This year’s is A SHOW STOPPER!


PANIC. This error is a SHOW STOPPER.

If you have to report short-term capital gain LOSSES on your Schedule D you are SCREWED.

Free File Fillable Forms‘ will NOT accept a negative number in column (d), i.e., Proceeds (sales prices). Yes, proceeds can be NEGATIVE. Smile. It can even be quite a BIG negative number. The IRS allows you to enter NEGATIVE numbers in these columns. You enter them in parenthesis.

Click to ENLARGE. Straight from the IRS. Schedule D instructions.


FFFF does NOT let you enter parenthesis. But, it lets you enter a NEGATIVE number with a MINUS in front.

The problem is that the eFile XML checker has an ERROR. I hate XML. Can’t believe that they still use XML. XML is a bloody joke.

Well, you have to print the return & mail it. This will be the SECOND time eFile has not worked with FFFF.


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All The Cricket Action Is Now On ‘ESPN+’, NOT ‘Willow TV’; ‘Willow’ TV Is Sucking Wind.

by Anura Guruge



There is plenty of LIVE cricket again
BUT NOT on Willow TV.


It would appear that Willow TV screwed up BIG TIME when it came to getting 2021 cricket series coverage licenses.

They have NO REAL, i.e., MEN’s International, cricket for the next 3.5-months. But, in the meantime some hard to ignore series are taking place: West Indies vs Sri Lanka T20 & Australia vs New Zealand. In past years these would have been on Willow TV. They had the ‘franchise’ for all those countries. But, not right now.

So, a BIG Heads Up. Don’t sign-up (or RENEW) Willow TV before checking what is coming up.

I was FORCED to check ESPN+. 12-, 13-years ago ESPN+ carried a lot of cricket. Then the likes of Willow stepped in. The tide seems to be turning again.

So, as I said, a Heads Up.


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Search ‘cricket’, ‘Willow TV’ & ‘Sling’.


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My Hand Painted 2021 Valentine’s Day Card By Teischan (14).

by Anura Guruge


I had no idea that she had made us all some of her quintessential hand painted cards. I thought she was too busy with her new puppy & a LARGE canvas that she has been working on his Christmas. She likes her cards to be surprises. This one was indeed a very pleasant surprise. Suffice to say it made my day. She is a treasure. SMILE.


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