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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This house, when we bought it new in March 2007, came with Kwikset door hardware, on every door. At first we didn’t give it much thought. This was the 7th house I had owned in the U.S. and for the world of me I cannot remember what kind of locks the other six houses had. And there must have been a reason for that. I cannot remember ever having any real issues with the locks in any of the other houses.
Alas not so with the Kwikset locks. After about a year we started running into the problem that the handles of the most used door would become lose and with that it would become hard, and them impossible, to lock the doors. To the credit of the builders they left us with instructions for everything that was in the house. So I found the instructions to the locks and with it the necessary ‘magic’ Allen key. So basically with all the Kwikset locks we have the handles need to be tightened, on a regular basis — and if the handles are lose the cylinder on the locked units will seize-up refusing to turn. The ‘magic’ Allen key got pride of place in the kitchen. I used it often, particularly on the doors to the garage and outside. Yes, without questions, the kids and dogs were hard on the handles. In time I had tightened the locks so much that the screws started to disintegrate as did various metal parts inside the lock. Deanna had started to hate the locks. She wanted me to get some better ones.
So about 3 years ago I went to Home Depot to look at alternate locks. An HD Associate happened to see me, in the aisle, studying locks and came to ask me if I needed help. I told him I needed something to replace my garbage Kwikset locks. He told me, at once, that I was wrong. He assured me that Kwikset locks were good and moreover they came with a lifetime warranty! That was news to me. I explained to him that this wouldn’t help me since I did not have the receipts for the original locks. He amazed me. He said, “no matter, just bring them in”! I was shocked. I like Home Depot. I only shop Lowes for lights. Home Depot is good. But this was beyond my expectations.
Well, I don’t take chances with stuff like this. I got the Associates name and found out when he would be at the store for the remainder of the week. A few days later I arrived with a broken lock, in pieces, in a plastic bag. I asked the front desk to call the Associate. They did, all the time eyeing my plastic bag with suspicion. When the Associate arrived he was as good as he had said. He took me to the aisle, we picked a replacement, he showed me how ‘Smart Key’ would enable me to rekey it myself and then took me back to the front so that I could walk out with my new lock — albeit with a receipt, a box or any paperwork. he said he needed the box because he would use it to return the damaged one that I had brought in.
I was happy, but, at the same time, a bit concerned. It seemed a bit too ad hoc for my liking. I wasn’t sure whether I would have had this luck if I had spoken with another associate. Well that was 3 years ago.
The earlier this week I had two locks go. Metal bits just broke off. I wasn’t sure what to do. I called up Home Depot and asked for Hardware. Got an associate. Much to my joy he reiterated what I had heard 3 years ago. Bring in the locks we will give you new ones. I took the precaution of getting his name and his store hours for Saturday. Then I managed to squeeze in a quick run to Home Depot on Saturday, in between Teischan’s multiple ballet lessons. I asked for the Associate. The rest is history. I got two new locks — but again with no box, no receipt, o paperwork.
Installing them was not hard. I had taken enough of them apart by now. The ‘Smart Key’ technology works and works well though it scares me. I have visions, given my luck, that I would end up in a state when neither key works, though the instructions do include a section of how to get out of that jam. Devanee helped me with the locks. She read the ‘Smart Key’ instructions, step-by-step, and told me what to do. It is amazing how quick it is.
So, I am very happy with and grateful to Home Depot. I have two new locks.
But, I am also a bit unhappy. Not sure what will happen when I NEXT need a new lock — as will be inevitable. Just wish that there was a more rigorous return policy than what I appear to have encountered.
You will notice that I have not mentioned stores. That was intentional.
So that is where we are. Very happy with Home Depot. Not so much with Kwikset. But I thought that this might help some of you since I have seen people throwing conniptions about not being able to get Kwikset to honor the warranty. I am 100% sure that Kwikset would not have helped me. And that is the sad part.