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TDS Telecom Is LYING (And They Have Admitted To Lying)!

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Letter I received yesterday.

I received this letter, in the mail, yesterday.

Note the LARGE RED “Required Equipment Upgrade”.

Note the 2nd paragraph: “To avoid interruption in your service …”.

NOT TRUE. This is a pathetic SALES LETTER!

Not true. Not true at all.

My equipment does NOT have to be upgraded.

I have the right equipment.

This was just a HUGE waste of my time. Bloody TDS.

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by Anura Guruge

“Annie and the Orphans” Up CLOSE — Alton, N.H., Sunday, August 14, 2016.

by Anura Guruge

Click pictures to ENLARGE.

All taken with my rented Nikon D500
(with a LOT of fiddling and frustration)

Attribution WILL be enforced.

Don’t overlook the seagull who crowned this shot.

Mr. “Annie”, the maestro with 300+ song repertoire, Anatole Paquette.

Steve Giotas on drums.

Bob McNab, accompanying Annie, on bass, for over 50 years!

Scott Groleau, the thinker from Laconia, on sax.

Wildman, Peter Previte, keyboards & vocals.

Roy D’innocenzo, lead guitar and ‘Music Director’.

‘The Nephew’, from Florida, Annie’s brother’s son — he was up here last Summer too.


These were taken on Sunday at the rescheduled Alton Bay (New Hampshire) performance by ‘Annie and the Orphans‘.

It was beyond STIFLING hot. Probably in the low 90s with high humidity. Tremendous testament to the professionalism, commitment and loyalty of this much loved group that they were able to perform in that heat. THANK YOU, Annie and the orphans.

I will confess it was TOO HOT for I — and I am not talking just about the music. Despite my enviable tan I don’t do well in the Sun or heat! Yet another contradiction as to who I am. We had to leave. Sorry. But I took these pictures, with excruciating trouble, with the rented Nikon D500. More than ONCE I thought about tossing it into the Lake. I had insurance and could claim I dropped it. But I didn’t. These pictures are OK — but I would LIKED to have done better.

Yes, I have more pictures. I will share them with you.

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by Anura Guruge

Metrocast Internet Outage, ~3 Hours, Saturday, August 13, 2016 — In The Midst Of The Huge T-Storm.

by Anura Guruge


T-storm map for Saturday, August 13, 2016 per WMUR. Click to ENLARGE if you so wish.

Well the weather forecasts for Saturday, August 13, 2016 FINALLY came to pass. The thunderstorms they promised, having held back for most of the day and evening, came rolling in with a vengeance around 8:15pm. So it was a good thing they postponed both the Alton fireworks (for ‘Old Home Week’) and ‘Annie and the Orphans‘.

It was quite the storm. One lightning and thunder burst was so sudden and so close that I actually thought that I had been HIT while seated at my PC! Yep, thought the whole PC and I had gone up in flames. There was a blinding flash. But when I looked around all the lights were on. I thought I was running on my UPS — but no. The power did not go down. Didn’t even flicker. But out of an abundance of caution I turned off my PC. Teischan who had gone to sleep just bit earlier was up and about woken by the crash. Braxton wasn’t happy either. He came upstairs to be with us. He is a baby at heart. 

About 15 minutes later, around 8:40 (or so) I turned back on my PC and noticed that MetroCast was down. I called. Got a recorded message that there was a service failure in my area.

Luckily the TDS Internet service I have ‘downstairs’ was fine. So I put Teischan to bed. Made myself a light dinner of fruit and yogurt and sat back and watched, with some dismay, India beating the West Indies, yet again, this being the 3rd 2016 Test. I then came up around 11:40 and Metrocast was up.

Can’t really complain. That was one heck of a storm. I was prepared for Metrocast to be down till Monday!

So I am thankful … THANKS Metrocast.

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Alton, N.H. “Old Home Week”: “Annie and the Orphans” RESCHEDULED For 5pm, Sunday, August 14 — Weather Permitting.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. Note 5pm START.


Per Kellie Troendle, CPRP, Alton’s Parks and Recreation Director, who sent me an e-mail BECAUSE she knows that so many of you rely on me for this type of information.

“Annie and the Orphans will not play at the Bandstand tonight, August 13 due to predicted rain.  Annie and the Orphans are re-scheduled to perform on Sunday, August 14 from 5-7pm at the Alton Bay Bandstand, weather permitting”.


NOTE 5pm (as opposed to customary 7pm) START.

Weather Permitting —
and it looks promising.

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by Anura Guruge

Alton, N.H. “Old Home Week”: Saturday, August 13, 2016 Fireworks Postponed, “Annie and the Orphans” Up In The Air.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. My annotation (to help YOU) of the Alton Parks & Rec. events calendar for Saturday, August 13, 2016. Use link below to access original.

Click here to access the Alton Town official calendar page.

>> >> “Annie and the Orphans” rescheduled for Sunday. See this post. << <<

Suffice to say the weather for Saturday, August 13, 2016, in Alton, is going to be unsettled. See weather forecast below.

Kellie Troendle, CPRP, Alton’s Parks and Recreation Director, has informed me by e-mail that: “Old Home Week Fireworks are postponed due to predicted inclement weather. The rescheduled date is Saturday, August 27 with a rain date of Sunday, August 28. 9:00pm, Alton Bay”.

So fireworks pushed back 2-weeks. [This has happened before, e.g., 2014 July 4th fireworks.]

We will NOT know about “Annie and the Orphans” till around NOON tomorrow — yes, Saturday, August 13 (the day).

IF rescheduled it will most likely be the next day — i.e., Sunday, August 14, 2016.

I will, of course, keep you posted.

See above ….


From “weather underground” at: wunderground.com. Alton weather for Saturday, August 13, 2016.

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by Anura Guruge

2016 Perseid Meteors Over New Hampshire, August 11 — I Saw A Few.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. Base skymap (as ever) from: neave.com/planetarium/

Yes, there are SOME Perseid Meteors out there BUT it was NOT a huge display.

I went outside, in Central New Hampshire (viz. Alton), on Thursday night, August 11, 2016 at 11:30pm. It was fairly dark. I kept the outside lights off. The sky was clear. I could clearly see Cassiopeia. So I knew that visibility, for once, would not be an issue.

To start with, i.e., first 3-4 minutes, saw nothing. Just a few, very faint twinkles. Could have been anything.

Then TOGETHER, two bright and long streaks — one noticeably green from the North and the other from the opposite direction. They crossed before burning out.

Then nothing for about another 4 minutes. Then a much smaller one … and a similar time later a fourth medium sized one.

Lots of flickering up there. Lots of ‘crickets’ chirping out there — non-stop. There was a grasshopper in the house yesterday. So could be those too. And even possibly cicadas. 

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by Anura Guruge

Jaguar XJ8, 2001, 59K For Sale In “Melvin Village”, N.H. For $7,500 — A Good Deal!

by Anura Guruge

Taken with a Fujifilm X-E2s.

Click pictures to ENLARGE.

Saw it on the way to “Castle in the Clouds” this morning, to go horseback riding with “Riding in the Clouds“.

I stopped on the way back. It could be the TWIN of the XJ8 I own.

Mine is a 2002 and now has 63K on the clock. It had $57K when I bought it, in Pennsylvania, last May.

Asking $7,500. I would suspect you could get it for $7,000. Not a bad price. I am, however, NOT tempted. I can afford it … SMILE.

But not sure I want two identical XJ8s right now. One would have to be in storage and that is waste.

They had run out of business cards. So the KINDLY Mr. Sargent, who runs the place, turned around and said “take a picture of my back”. I did.

So call … and ask for Mr. Sargent and say that the “Brown Guy” sent you. SMILE.

I can’t tell you how good it feels to own and drive a XJ8 like that. Not as good as sex but it sure comes close. SMILE.

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by Anura Guruge


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