Tag Archive | January 1

Happy Chinese New Year 2018, “Year Of The Dog” — Starting This Friday, February 16.

by Anura Guruge

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Those of you who know me or follow this blog must have worked that I celebrate three (3) New Years, each year, with gusto — January 1, Chinese New Year & then Sinhala New Year on April 14.

Well, Chinese New Year is coming up and for us in New Hampshire it is a welcome respite from the cold and snow. Yes, we plan to go down to Boston, as we do nearly every year, to celebrate.

But, today I just wanted to give you a heads up.

Year of the Dog — and though I am, alas, a ‘snake’, as you know I am inordinately fond of dogs.

Don’t forget, FREE celebratory event at the ‘Confucius Institute’, UNH (Durham, NH) tomorrow and Wednesday.

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by Anura Guruge

January 31, 2018: Forget “Blue Moon Eclipse” In New Hampshire, Focus On The Supermoon.

by Anura Guruge

Blue Supermoon over New Hampshire Wednesday, January 31, 2018 Anura Guruge

Base skychart, as ever, from “neave.com/planetarium” — with much appreciation.

Forget the “Blue Moon Eclipse“. It will NOT be a total eclipse in New Hampshire. Nada.

It will be partial, it will be early in the morning, the moon will most likely be BELOW the New Hampshire tree line and it will be fleeting.

It really is a NON-EVENT in New Hampshire.

The Supermoon — a Blue Moon at that — Wednesday evening is a whole different matter.

It will NOT be Blue. Sorry. ‘Blue’ denotes rarity — 2nd full moon in a month.

It will not be as near to us as the 1st one on January 1, 2018.

Clouds, always a problem in New Hampshire, might be a problem.

But, definitely go out, tomorrow night and have a gander. You might even see it through the clouds.


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by Anura Guruge

January 31, 2018 “Blue Moon Eclipse” Will NOT BE TOTAL In New Hampshire — Just V. Partial. OK?

by Anura Guruge

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5 Things to remember & note.

  1. It will NOT be a BLUE Moon! That is just an expression — in that it is the 2nd Full Moon in the month. The other having been on January 1, 2018 — which was also a Supermoon.
    So, I repeat. The moon will NOT be blue. Not Blue. Promise.
  2. The TOTAL eclipse begins to the West of us. So we will only see a Partial Eclipse and a very partial one at that. And it will be fleeting.
  3. The Moon will set beyond the horizon, not counting our tree line, soon after the Partial Eclipse starts!
    We might see it, at most, for 3 minutes! Yes, 3 minutes. It might already be below the tree line.
  4. It is in the morning. Not at night. 6:57 am — i.e., morning.
  5. Weather could, as ever, in New Hampshire, be an issue.

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by Anura Guruge

Garmin Vivoactive 3, Firmware 2.80 Does Appear To Slow Down Battery Drain.

by Anura Guruge

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You should be able to find the latest firmware news here.

My 20-day old Garmin Vivoactive 3 has been running on the new 2.80 firmware for the last 6-days, since December 29, 2017.

It definitely has prolonged battery life — maybe DOUBLED it.

On Monday, January 1, 2018 the software did have a conniption, but I was able to recover by doing a soft reset.

Still early days.

My first Garmin Vivoactive 3 died after 15 days. So, I am still rather leary and ‘jumpy’.

I am monitoring battery life and I will keep you posted.

Happy New Year.

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Two More SUPERMOONS Over New Hampshire In January 2018 — Weather Permitting.

by Anura Guruge

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So, as I had feared thick clouds really put a damper on Sunday, December 3, 2017’s Supermoon. I am glad I took a couple of pictures, through wispier clouds the night before.

But, all is not lost. Two more — yes, two — in January 2018. The 2nd will be a Blue Moon, the second Full Moon of a month.

The January 1, 2018 will be even closer than the December 4.

So, that is good. I will keep you posted.

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I Signed Up For 2015 Insurance On Healthcare.gov, aka, Obamacare [i.e., ACA], Website Without Too Much Grief.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


by Anura Guruge

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>> Prior logons appear to work — Oct. 9, 2014.
>> 5 Healthcare carriers in NH in 2015 — Sep. 4, 2014.
>> 2015 Obamacare coverage in NH — Sep. 3, 2014.
>> ‘coveringnewhampshire.org’ … — Aug. 26, 2014.
>> You may LOSE Obamacare (i.e., ACA)
>> Healthcare Subsidies — July 17, 2014.

++++ Search ‘healthcare’ & ‘Anthem’ for the many, many posts on this topic >>>>

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Given all the cruel and unusual grief I suffered last year trying to sign up for 2014 coverage, and the amount of harassment I have endured this year with ‘the system’ incessantly demanding documents from me, I was dreading having to sign up for 2015 insurance. Not only is it the law (and I can’t afford to cough the penalty) my precarious health dictates that I have at least catastrophic coverage to keep the family from the ‘Poor House’ the next time I fall ill.

I had kind of worked out a strategy to hopefully minimize any system load related grief. I was going to sign up on the late afternoon of Wednesday, November 26, when everybody else would be busy trying to get where they were going for Thanksgiving. I had assumed that the day before Turkey would be a quiet day for healthcare.gov. I am sure the same will be true over the whole 4-day Thanksgiving period but I didn’t want to tackle it on a holiday or when Internet traffic would be at a peak on Black Friday.

2015healthcaregov1But as with all my plans I didn’t stick to it. Over the last 2 weeks as the very observant among you may have noticed I have switched my schedule around. I no longer pots or doing anything serious on this blog during the day. Instead I work on the book. That way I can devote some quality writing time to the book. Today, for a change, I made some good progress on the book. 30% done. I was ready to start a new section. It was just past 4 pm. Occurred to me that IF I try and get my Obamacare taken care of today, I will have tomorrow free to work on the book. So I gingerly logged onto healthcare.gov around 4:10 pm. Being who I am, I had made sure that my logon worked on November 15th itself — i.e., the very day the system opened for 2015 enrollment. Actually, being who I am, I checked it a few times! Remember I am the one that has contingency plans for contingency plans.

Logon worked fine. Quick. No problems. Like night and day compared to the nightmare of last year. The process wasn’t too bad. Yes, I did NOT have to enter much data. Just verify and confirm information from last year. But they do insist on a tedious Q&A process. But, it was OK. I was done within about 45 minutes.

My premium went up 12%. I could have got a lower premium with one of the new carriers but from what I could see their network really had no doctors. So wasn’t much use having insurance with them if they don’t have any ‘in-network’ doctors.

I am SURE there is a GLITCH with dental insurance. As was also the case last year, though dental is OPTIONAL, it doesn’t appear to let you SKIP dental! I was going to skip it this year. But after 2 attempts to say NO and move on I decided that it must be fate. I had to have the damn insurance. So I got it. It had gone up 16%.

Yes, being the PRO I am with this system I UPLOADED the documents I had to submit. Got all the GREEN submitted and completed boxes. BUT, of NO! I already created a fat envelope with copies of the documents. Going to send it certified mail tomorrow. Not doing the same dance as last year.

But now will begin the tango with Anthem and Delta. But at least I have stuff already in place with them.

I will, of course, keep you posted.

Happy Turkey.

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