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COVID-19 Notwithstanding, I Got About In 2020 — As Attested By ‘Google Maps’.

by Anura Guruge


It is SCARY that Google keeps track of EVERYWHERE I go!

Well, this is there summary of my travels in 2020 — COVID-19 or NO COVID-19.

In the end I travelled as much as I normally would have — THOUGH I did not take any type of public transport, get ANY takeout or go to a restaurant as of March 2020. So, all of these trips were road trips — many of them documented here.

The COVID restrictions did NOT start applying to us till mid-March. By then we had already done two trips — one to Newport, Rhode Island & the other to Rockland, Maine.

Then right through the Summer it was Day Trips — though one involved a 9-hour drive.

Then as of late August we made the trip South — all the way to North Carolina.


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New Hampshire/Maine Radio Station, 94.9 FM, WMUR Has Already Started Playing Christmas Music!

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I had NOT listened to any radio in a few days. Unless I am in a car, I rarely listen to radio — & when I do it tends to be NPR.

Tonight, I tuned into 94.9, one of our favorite stations — also the one with best reception given that they have the most powerful transmitter around.

It took me a second to realize they were playing Christmas Music. Ah? Had to do a mental check on the date. November 8. Christmas music.

Then their ‘Christmas Music’ jingle came on. I was shocked.

Yes, 94.9 has ALWAYS been our Christmas Music station. But, Christmas music only started AFTER Thanksgiving. That was the tradition.

OK, last year it MIGHT have started the week of Thanksgiving. But, this is CRAZY. November 6?

Come on. That is too much of a good thing (though I am known to listen to SOME Christmas music year-round).


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The Stupidest Thing I Have Ever Encountered In A Hotel.

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This was at the ‘Machias River Inn’, in Machias, Maine, last week. On the whole quite a nice & salubrious motel — with large, clean, spacious rooms. Yes, I got one of the better ones, on the 2nd floor, with a river view.

I was going to be staying for 3-nights so I opted to unpack & hang up my clothes — rather than just living out of my bag (which I what I do on shorter stays).

Then I encountered this clothes hanger setup. You could immediately tell that it was fairly new & not cheap.

Do you see the flaw?

No, I did not take off any hangers. That was the full set.

I talked to reception about it. No one had, ever, mentioned it before. They knew it was fairly new & that the owner had picked it.

I happened to mention it to the Maintenance guy with whom I became quite friendly. He had installed — ‘within the year’. He had noticed IT, but it not feel that it was his place to say anything in that the owner had picked it.

How stupid & short-sighted can you be.

It is also not a sexist thing. Women, especially up here in New England, wear pants.

Stupid.


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You See The Naughtiest Bumper Stickers In Maine.

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Saw this Tuesday, on the back of a wanna-be Monster Truck parked in ‘Roque Bluffs’ in Maine’s Bold Coast.

At first glance I thought it was for “Dr. Pepper”. Took a second for all of to register.

Others I have seen in Maine on previous trips.

Cute, but makes you think.

I found the vanity plate amusing. You get that one right? Obviously a fella with major identity and security issues.


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‘Bold Coast’, Maine — My Next Adventure.

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A small sampling from Google ‘Images’.

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If you are a regular visitor to this blog it would have been hard to miss my passion for ‘Acadia‘. The ‘Bold Coast’, which starts about 60-miles to the NE of ‘Acadia‘ (as in ‘Bar Harbor‘) is really an extension of that same enchanting landscape. Just more rugged & remote.

It is hard to believe but I only just discovered this area — & that thanks to ‘Facebook’. I gather it doesn’t get the attention because it is another hour further away from ‘Acadia’. But, I gather it is hiking paradise. So, I am off next week — on my own. Starting off in Acadia. Yes, that will be my 2nd trip to Acadia this year — & as such I can maintain my record of (at least) 2-trips to Acadia for a year record for the last 6 or 7 years.

This should be fun. Yes, I plan to take a picture or two. Yes, I will publish when I get back. Stay tuned.


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The Flauntable Benefits Of Being A Mistress In New Hampshire.

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I don’t know much about trucks — not having owned one since 1987. But, this looked pretty fancy, expensive & brand, spanking new. I only noticed the number plate much later.

WOW.

I had not realized that it was now OK to flaunt the fact.

I do NOT know whose it is, though it was at our beach. There was nobody there. Just I & the dogs. Maybe they were in the bushes, though I heard no noises & the dogs didn’t go sniffing.

I guess it is all relative. She obviously is very proud of it. Good for her.

That she could get that plate surprises & amuses I. Then again, as I chronicled here, I saw “BGFKNFM“, in Maine!

We also have “BJTOY” on a plate here — though you would run a mile if YOU saw who drives it.

Well, I guess each to their own. I wonder what HE thinks.

P.S., I do know of ALL the definitions of a ‘Mistress’ — but I doubt any school teachers still go around describing themselves as ‘mistresses’. SMILE.


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COVID-19 FREE Self-Test: IF You Don’t Like This YouTube Video You May Have COVID.

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I have heard/learnt that COVID-19 is like pneumonia — & I am an OLD hand at pneumonia. I have had plain ol’ pneumonia & ‘walking pneumonia’ so many times. Yes, I used to sickly. I could tell when I had pneumonia. You just felt lousy. You couldn’t see the bright side of anything.

So, IF that is the case. IF this video doesn’t uplift you … I am WORRIED. SMILE.

Enjoy. Life is good. Life is short. Enjoy life. SMILE — a LOT.


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Selfies At ‘Portland Head Lighthouse’ In Maine — My Favorite Lighthouse, I Think.

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Yes, you are free to steal these pictures.

Anura Guruge Portland Head Lighthouse August 2020


This was from our Wednesday, August 19, 2020 visit. My 3rd visit to the lighthouse in 4-weeks! Given that it is 90-minutes away (minimum), I must really like it to visit it that often. Yes, it has become my #1 favorite local destination.

Those that are familiar with this blog will know that I don’t post many selfies — & the ones I do are my patented ‘Selfies My Way‘, where I take a picture of myself in a mirror. This one, i.e., a normal one like what most people take, is probably only the 2nd this year (maybe the 2nd in many years). The other one was at Acadia — a few weeks ago. Yes, obviously a theme. I only take them in places that are real dear to my heart. SMILE.


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Bonus Lighthouse Picture From August 12, 2020.

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Taken with my Google Pixel 4 Phone.

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‘Portland Head Lighthouse’, in ‘Fort Williams’, ‘Cape Elizabeth‘, Maine. Last Wednesday, August 12, 2020. Last picture I took. SMILE.

Second visit to this park in two weeks. I spent about 2-hours on this last visit. Have only scratched the surface so far. Absolutely amazing place. Hard to beat for scenery. Blinking beautiful lighthouse.


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‘Cape Elizabeth’, Maine (By Portland) — V. Scenic, Rural, Historic & Lighthouse-Rich.

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This is ‘Cape Elizabeth’, Maine. Of course, from ‘Google Maps’.


For perspective. Not hard to find. Right next-door to Portland.


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Not, of course, as scenic as ‘Acadia‘ — but not too many places are. But, this area is NOT bad. Has the advantage that it is 3- to 4-hours CLOSER than Acadia. I discovered it for the first time two weeks ago. I was very impressed. Didn’t have much time to explore because we had started in York. So, I am going back to spend more time. I am sure I will find interesting places & things to do. That is I.

One thing I did notice. Never seen as many BIKES — as in push bikes — in one place. So, at least, cyclists share my appreciation.

P.S., Easy enough to get to. Just start off on famous ‘Route 1’.


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