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The Tourist That Fell Over The Edge At The ‘Grand Canyon’, And Died, Could Very Well Have Been I!

by Anura Guruge


Click to access “Time” original.


Yes, I know. I get told off a LOT. Acadia, Canyon de Chelly, Yosemite, Grand Canyon … I always test the limits. I try to wear good shoes with GRIP. But, I have slipped more than once at Acadia!

My heart goes out to these folks. Yes, we do try to be careful.

Life is but an adventure ….


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The Raw, Rugged Grandeur Of ‘Canyon de Chelly’ — Wild Horses By The ‘White House’ Ruin.

by Anura Guruge


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Attribution WILL be enforced.

As I pointed out in yesterday’s post, horses, both tame and feral, are a feature of this tranquil and beautiful Canyon. We saw quite a few in our travels. These two were when we hiked down to the famous ‘White House’ ruin. The drought is taking a toll on the horses. You can tell from these pictures. We heard on the radio that upward of 400 had died of thirst!


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Drop In “Atlantic Broadband” Internet Speed Appears To Have Been My Dying Arris SB6141 Modem.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and be IMPRESSED. From: arris.com.


Installed under my desk.


My 3-year old ARRIS / Motorola SurfBoard SB6141 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem that appears to have kicked the bucket.


My ‘Atlantic Broadband‘ Internet speed had been steadily falling for the last couple of weeks. I even did a post about in on June 24, 2018. I knew I should have called them, but had been just too busy.

Well, this morning the matter was finally settled for me. I had NO Atlantic Broadband‘ Internet service, though my TDS service was still up.

Called Atlantic Broadband‘ (the new ‘Metrocast’). They were very good. They could not get my modem online. They suspected that it was dead. Told me I needed to try a new modem and that I could rent one from them.

They gave me one of these BIG Arris TG3452 Gateways. It has 4-LAN ports, Wi-Fi and voice ports. I don’t need any of that. But, I checked the specs. The Cable specs. are OUT OF THIS WORLD. DOCSIS 3.1 and 32 channel bonding. To get one with the same specs. would cost me $197. So, I am going to keep it. I gather I lucked out. They have only had these DOCSIS 3.1 modems for less than a week.

A technician came later on and changed my connectors. They were getting old and rusty.

I am again getting 200Mbps — though not ALL the time. Sometimes it still drops down to 160Mbps. But, prior to the new modem I had ceased to be able to get above 160Mbps.


I do have a TDS 45 Mbps service IN ADDITION to this ‘150 Mbps’ service — as a backup. I use it to drive my Roku 3 streaming.


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I Am Now Backfilling For Garmin Customer Support On The Vivoactive 3.

by Anura Guruge


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This was on my FacebookVivoactive 3‘ page today.

I get quite a few messages like this seeking customer support. First thing I do is point out that I am NOT Garmin. Then, if I can I try to help since I recall all the times I felt so helpless trying to get meaningful support from Garmin.

This was the 2nd Vivoactive 3 ‘HELP’ I had today.

It is a Sunday, so their chance of even contacting anybody at Garmin is ZERO.

This was a fairly easy one (at least for I, in that I had seen it before).

The date and time on the VA 3 was off — in this case by 9-days!

But, I knew that a sync with a phone or a GPS fix should cure that. And it did.

She, as you can see, was happy. That makes me HAPPY. Another good deed for the day.

IF Garmin had any sense they would hire me to provide real good weekend support. {Smile}


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Just In Case You Hadn’t Heard: ‘Winnie Mandela’ Died April 2, 2018 (Aged 81).

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winnie_Madikizela-Mandela



I will readily confess that I am conflicted when it comes to Winnie.

There was a long period of my life, pre-1991, where I just absolutely ADORED her. I thought she was the cat’s whiskers. She did so much to fight apartheid, help the oppressed and help her imprisoned husband. She did a lot of good.

Then, yes, there was also the BAD and I never forgave her for divorcing Nelson — or how she initially fought to get a huge monetary settlement for him. But, from what I can piece together, Nelson continued to think of her kindly. But, he was an extraordinary man.

Anywho …

She is now dead. What we have to balance is whether she did more good than bad.

While I am not going to suddenly forgive her for her betrayals, I am willing to conceded that there was a 30-year period during which she was the “First Lady of Anti-Apartheid“, and I, for obvious reasons, was always passionately against apartheid and a HUGE fan of Nelson Mandela.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, RIP.


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I Have Now Had My Fitbit Ionic For 59-Days; Longer Than Either Of The Garmin Vivoactive 3s.

by Anura Guruge


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That I had it, and worn it, for 59-days does NOT mean that I like it or intend to keep it for much longer!

It’s ONLY redeeming feature has been that it has not died on me as did the Garmin Vivoactive 3s.

But, the Fitbit Ionic is not accurate. All the stats, especially heart rate, feels suspect. I think altitude/elevation is pure fabrication.

It is per the Lewis Carroll adage “that a watch that doesn’t work is better than one that is one-minute late, in that the one that is broken will tell the correct time twice a day” WORSE than one that is frozen.

I do NOT like the Fitbit Ionic. It has nothing going for it.

I am going to wear it till March 2, 2018 — just so that I can say I had it for 3-months. At that point I am getting another Garmin, now most likely a Garmin Forerunner 935. Why a Garmin. Because it gives me more data and does so on the watch. Plus, the FR 935 is rugged and proven.

Stay tuned. The sorry saga continues.


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Famous Sri Lankan Buddhist Monk Killed In An Incident Involving His Temple’s Ceremonial Elephant.

by Anura Guruge


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to access the full, original story.


From Australian “Channel NewsAsia”.

For entire article … click here.


From the Sri Lanka “The Sunday Times”. Denial of the attack by elephant has begun …

For entire article … click here.


From the Sri Lanka “Daily Mirror”. Denial in full swing.

For entire article … click here.


Some of the larger of the Sri Lankan Buddhist temples keep one or more ceremonial elephants — typically used in ‘peraheras‘ (i.e., parades) — on site. They serve as a draw — those coming to the tempe like to go and see the elephants. It is like having a zoo within the temple.

That a very senior and distinguished monk, a head monk at that, dying as a result of an accident with a temple elephant is not good PR.

While at least one report claims that the priest was pushed to the grounds — the official line is that the priest had an accident while feeding the elephant. C’est la vie. I think the truth is somewhere in between. Elephants, especially tame ones, are usually very gentle. Unlikely to push an elderly man, a familiar one at that, that violently. But, we will never know. ‘Nit cricket’ for the truth to come out in a situation like this.


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