I had not heard of this House (though I am sure I have been by it) which is now the museum of ‘Portsmouth Men, Women and Children‘ (where their stories live).
Starting this Summer the ‘Granite State Ambassadors‘ (GSAs), of whom I am a ‘Lifetime Member‘, are going to be helping out at this House/Museum. They are having two orientation sessions for the GSAs this coming week. I am going to go check it out. I like old houses like this — being mainly familiar with the historic properties on ‘Strawbery Banke‘ in Portsmouth. I am sure my Fuji X-E2s will go with me. So I will try to share some thoughts and pictures with you.
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I Was At The New Hampshire State House, In My Capacity As An ‘Granite State Ambassador’, To Lend A Hand With New Member Visits.
by Anura Guruge
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The New Hampshire State House is one of the gigs I am supposed to do, i.e., volunteer at to help out, in my capacity ‘Granite State Ambassadors‘ (GSAs). I haven’t done anything close to the shifts they would like me to do BUT I do try to help out when they do have urgent needs. Yesterday and today was one of those. It was orientation for the newly elected representatives and senators. When the e-mail went out asking for additional volunteers I signed up.
So this morning I got up at 6:40 am (as opposed to 8:20 am) and made sure I was legally parked and outside the State House by 8:50 am (for my 9 am shift). It is always fun. It wasn’t as hectic as we had expected. That was good. It was fun. I got to meet a number of reps. — veterans and newly elected. All very nice. Very congenial. I got to hook up with Raymond Howard — as we had planned. That was cool. Ray, in a tie and jacket, looked real sharp.
I always enjoy my GSA stints. Yes, I really should do more. Just a question of time and priorities. The 40 minute drive to Concord is a ‘negative’. I am sure I would do more shifts if I was closer. Just the time. It just ‘kills me’. So much other things I want to do rather than driving. That in the end is the real impediment.
Anyway, this was fun. I really must go down and do another shift before Christmas. Maybe around Christmas. That might be fun.
by Anura Guruge
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The link to this video, with a note suggesting that I should share it with YOU, was sent to me by to Janelle James — the lady who on Sunday got me to go looking for the music that appeared in the “Day of the Dead” Google Doodle. Her name intrigued me because Devanee’s middle name is ‘Janelle’ and that was the first Janelle, other than Devanee, that I had ‘met’. Turns out that she is quite a musician herself, the keyboardist for the heavy-metal, Bay-area ‘The Road Vikings’ for many years. This is Janelle on keyboards for them a few years ago.
With luck Janelle may contribute some more material to this blog. She has her hands full with a 2 year old but she is going to see what she can do.
In Honor Of ‘Click and Clack’ Tom Magliozzi Of NPR’s “Car Talk” I Give You A Magic Blue Pill In A Fiat Ad. From Italy.
by Anura Guruge
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It is hilarious.
Why can’t we have ads like this in the U.S.
So much better than the ones for Viagra and Cialis
which are irksome, tedious and inappropriate for kids.
Nothing offensive here. Just loads of clever fun.
I was very saddened to read that Tom Magliozzi had passed away. I had no idea that he was ill or that he was 77. I thought he was my age.
I have been a great follower of ‘Car Talk‘ since the late 1990s. Matthew, as a pre-teen, used to love it and try and do the puzzlers each week. Now both Devanee and Teischan like it. I do not record it like some or make a point of listening to it at home. We only listen to it if we are in the car. But if it is on we always listen.
I do have his book somewhere in this house. I will now have to try and find it.
Great and sad loss. I will miss him. Now I understand why they stopped the show. Great shame.
I know that Tom would get a kick from this Fiat ad. A cousin, in Australia, kindly sent me the link. He knew it would appeal to me.
Thank YOU, Tom. You were the MAN.
by Anura Guruge
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During my morning ritual of listening to an hour of CNBC financial news while lying in bed, drinking coffee and reading ‘stuff’ on my 10.2″ Le Pan pad, I heard on Wednesday morning that Fiat Chrysler intends to spin off Ferrari as a separate company. Made sense to me. Ferrari owners must be fed up of hearing jokes that their $300K is nothing but a souped up Fiat.
Just wished that I had had the foresight to own Fiat Chrysler shares before this announcement. I might toy with looking into getting a couple of shares in the new Ferrari company. Though I have driven in one once that will be about as close to Ferrari as I will ever get. If nothing else the ground clearance on Ferrari’s just don’t lend themselves to dirt roads like the one that I live on.
Then I heard one of the CNBC clowns claiming that Fiat Chrysler was keeping Maserati because it was a better brand. I cannot comment on that. I do not know either of these makes BUT it put in mind something that I am more familiar with: Rolex vs. Ebel.
Ebel, hands down, is a better timekeeper than Rolex. But nobody in the U.S. other than the true cognoscenti have heard of Ebel. So Ebel, other than in the right circles, has no status, cachet, in the U.S. So folks buy and wear Rolexes.
Well to me that is what it boils down to with Ferrari and Maserati. Ferrari has the ‘pulling power’. Maserati will only be appreciated by the experts. Offering a young lady a ride in your Maserati, in most U.S. cities, probably bar L.A., will probably be misunderstood to you trying to be crude. But you say Ferrari — and you are all set.
So Rolex vs. Ebel. Ferrari vs. Maserati.
Now I remembered. I really must keep an eye out for a real cheap Ebel.
My 6th Picture On VisitNH.gov, The Official State Tourism Site — This One Of Wolfeboro Docks, Oct. 25, 2014.
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