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Real Turkeys, Of The Feathered Variety, At McDonald’s In Woburn, MA — 4pm In The Afternoon.

by Anura Guruge


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This is our default Boston McDonald’s. We invariably stop here, for coffee, healthy snacks and the bathrooms, both on our way in — and out — of Boston. It is so easy to get to off I-93 and the perfect distance from Boston (i.e., under 10-miles).

So, per routine, we stopped here, just after 4pm, yesterday, Thursday, December 19, 2019, on our way to ‘Revels’ in Cambridge.

They appeared by the emergency exit door as we were about to order. Wow. This is in Woburn, MA — not in the sticks of New Hampshire.

We were both amazed and impressed. So were some of the other customers. The staff seemed strangely ambivalent.

What I am surprised about the most. How come these have NOT ended up as chicken nuggets?


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Braxton, Our Harrier’s 6th Birthday, July 20, 2019 — McDonald’s As Is The Ritual.

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Taking the dogs to the Alton McDonald’s (at the circle) for their respective birthdays, May 15 & July 20, has now been a firm tradition for at least 11-years (methinks). Started with Ulysses when we moved to Alton in 2007. It has continued with Maya and Braxton.

Braxton, being your quintessential British hunting dog, like the Queen, has an OFFICIAL birthday — July 20 (which was Deanna’s father’s birthday). But, alas, unlike the Queen he doesn’t have a real birthday. Given that he is our rescue dog nobody knows for sure when he was born. They think it was around the 3rd week in July.

This year, i.e., 2019, we added ice cream to the menu. Maya is more fond of it than Braxton. Braxton likes his customized cheeseburgers. Given how hot it was today the ice creams were good for them.

It is not the only time we take them to this McDonald’s. They get to go on a fairly regular basis. They know the routine when we get there. They each get two plain cheeseburgers and whatever buns I do not eat. No fries. They are happy.

It is fun. Teischan enjoys it as much as the dogs and, of course, she gets food and ice cream too. So, she does better than the dogs. She is the one that keeps track of these birthdays.

So, both their birthdays in 2019 are done.

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Last year’s birthday.

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Maya’s 8th Birthday, Celebrated, Per Custom, At McDonald’s — May 15, 2019.

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We have been celebrating the dogs’ birthdays for 15-years or more; even when we lived in Gilford and just had Ulysses (our big Golden boy). In those days, in Gilford, it used to be an ice cream cake from ‘Hannaford’ (or whatever it used to be called in those days). Ulysses, who had grown up under my care, like all my dogs, liked his chocolate — and BEFORE you even ipen your mouth to say anything he lived a very good, active life, with very little wrong with him, until he was past 13. For a big dogs, that is quite brilliant.

Once we move to Alton in 2007 the tradition became that of taking the dogs to McDonald’s at ‘the circle’ for cheeseburgers on their birthday.

Teischan, a great lover of birthdays (albeit, her’s her all time favorite), does a great job of keeping track of the dogs’ birthdays. I have been told, near daily, for the last 2-weeks, that it was going to be Maya’s 8th birthday and that we are going to McDonald’s. Suffice to say I have pictures of such birthdays going back years. A trademark of all these pictures are the dogs LICKING their chops in anticipation! It is classic. They know what is coming. Just search on ‘Maya birthday’ or ‘Braxton birthday’.

This year I decided to change the routine a bit — partly in honor of the ice cream cakes that Ulysses used to get. So, they got an ice cream cone, each, before their two cheeseburgers. I did not hear of any complaints.

The dogs know McDonald’s. I take them outside of their birthdays too. They probably go to McDonalds 7 or 8 times a year — maybe slightly more. I don’t think it is once a month, on rote, but it is thereabouts. Suffice to say I have pictures of such birthdays going back years. A trademark of all these pictures are the dogs LICKING their chops in anticipation! It is classic. They know.


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‘Moosehead Lake’, Maine, In Late April ‘Mud Season’ — Go For The Solitude, Expect Nothing Else.

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Having lived on or around ‘Lake Winnipesaukee‘, New Hampshire for 28-years, I had expected the twice-as-big ‘Moosehead Lake‘ in Maine to boast a similar lifestyle. I had always heard that it was hopping ‘year round’. Well, it sure does NOT hop or show much of any type of animation during the last weeks of April — the so called ‘Mud Season’.

We visited (and stayed at a timeshare) in Greenville, Maine — the gateway to ‘Moosehead Lake‘ & the North Country — for 5-days last week, April 23 – 27, 2019. It was my first visit to that area. I had done some Googling and located some interesting restaurants and places to spot moose. But, I was to be severely spoilt and disappointed.

What I had not checked was the population — in terms of people as opposed to moose — up there. I knew it was up there, close to the ‘tundra’ and that it was extremely rural and isolated.

I did not expect it to be dead!

On Tuesday night there was only one restaurant open, the ‘Stress Free Moose‘. It actually had good food, great service, wonderful folks and was rocking. Alas, though, it is primarily a heavy-duty bar with a few tables crammed in. My 13-year old daughter, a restaurant connoisseur, was not impressed nor amused. I liked it, but I do not enjoy not having any choice. I had hoped to eat at “Kelly’s Landing” but like so many other places they were only open Thursday to Sunday.

IF I had checked the human population I would have been better prepared. I had assumed that Greenville, on the southern tip of the Lake would be similar to Alton (where I live) which occupies that spot on Winnipesaukee. Alton’s year round population, however, is 4 times greater. If you include Wolfeboro, 11-miles away from Alton, the year round population in this neck of our Lake is 10 times greater. That, I came to realize, makes all the difference.

There is no Chinese in Greenville or from what I can deduce in Moosehead (town) nor Rockwood. No Chinese. I had never thought about it much, but I guess you can demark civilization based on the presence or absence of a Chinese. I won’t even mention Indian.

There are also NO fast food establishments! No McDonald’s, no Subway, no Dunkin Donuts, no Aroma Joes. I gather the Greenville McDonald’s closed at least a decade ago. How is that possible.

Moosehead Lake, from what I saw, does not have the kind of money that you see around Winnipesaukee or Bar Harbor (Acadia). Nowhere close to the number of multi-million dollar mansions on the water. Far, far less fancy, grand waterfront hotels.

Salubrious is not a word I would associate with the area.

It sure is empty, isolated and rustic.

Though we spent hours looking did not see any moose. Actually a noticeable dirth in wildlife. That we saw no deer was surprising.

This is not to say the trip was a bust. I enjoyed it. Not so much, my 13-year old.

I like solitude and it is pretty desolate up there. Some striking scenery though nothing very different to what we have seen in New England before.

They say that it really rocks in August. I can believe that. But, I think I will stick to Acadia.


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“Rusty Moose” Restaurant In Alton [N.H.] Definitely Closed — Empty Inside; “Dockside”, At The Bay, For Sale.

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I had heard rumors that the ‘Rusty Moose‘ had closed. But, I had to go by, personally, and peer in through the glass door, as i did this morning, to make sure. Yep, they are GONE. It is empty inside as you can see from the 2nd photo.

Shame — though we have never eaten there. Were foiled TWICE and I never gave it a third chance. Plus, to be honest, it always looked a tad on the ‘short-of-headroom’ side for I. I am marginally claustrophobic. I prefer large, open spaces to ones that feel crowded. Though I have never been inside, I drive by it enough. And it always struck me as being ‘minimalistic’. All that said I am sorry to see it go. For a start, I know a few local kids who were given the opportunity to perform their music there. That was good. I feel bad for these kids. Now the only local venue open for them is “JP China“.

Just one other thing I would like to add. So, when I went to check it out. No NOTICE on the door. The roadside sign is still there uncovered. I think that that is a tad churlish. They should give the public an early heads-up that they are CLOSED. Nothing more annoying that driving up to a restaurant, hoping to have a meal, to find it CLOSED — and closed for good. I will be happy to give them — or buy them — a blue tarp. Just tie it over the sign.


Had seen in the paper that the “Dockside” building is for SALE. So, not sure whether they will be opening this Summer.

I have also heard rumblings that the restaurant at ‘Sandy Point’ will not be open this Summer. Yikes.


These restaurants closing in Alton is a SHAME. Not counting McDonald’s, Subway and Dunkin we only now have TWO proper sit down restaurants in Alton: the very dependable JP China and Ackerly’s. Yes, there is that small, joint on the docks BUT they do NOT serve non-whites! So, that is a problem for I. No, they don’t have a sign that says “Whites Only” but when I try to go in they make it very obvious that they would rather not have me there. That is OK. They own it. Plus, to be honest I would rather go to JP China.

So, that is the score. That Alton is not thriving like Meredith or even Wolfeboro bothers I. But, what can I do.


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Amazed That Vermont’s 15′ ‘Middle Finger’ Statue Is Not Covered By SOME Ordinance.

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What I find most incongruous is that this is Vermont which doesn’t let McDonald’s have their iconic arches or permit any billboards. But, somebody can get away with this. I am delighted BUT it just seems fishy. Not all kosher.

OK, so I think I understand the ‘waivers’ that protect it. It is NOT advertising a business or service, so it is NOT considered a sign. Any sign would be regulated. This is deemed to be Public Art. I will buy that, but there has to be limits. It then appears that ‘giving the middle finger‘ is normally protected by the First Amendment. I can understand that. So, that is what probably allows this to bypass any obscene ordinances. But, but, but … Just doesn’t feel right.

What about height?

I am sure I couldn’t get away with this in New Hampshire.

What happens if these 15′, 700-pound statues start popping up everywhere around the country?

What then.


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