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“Aleve Direct Therapy” TENS Unit Appears To Live Up To Its TV Commercial Claims.

by Anura Guruge


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A version of the “Aleve Direct Therapy” TV commercial — this one on “iSpot.tv”. Click to access and play. It will give you an idea of what the TV commercials claim.


I got Deanna a wireless “Aleve Direct Therapy” TENS unit, from Walmart, on July 19, 2016 (on our way back from “Polar Caves“). As I had said before Deanna already had a professional-grade TENS unit — but it was one with lots of wires that she didn’t like to use since the wires would come loose and give her shocks. The wireless “Aleve” (made by the curiously named “Hollywog” corporation) seemed the perfect solution which is why I was willing to buy one — though anything to do with her back is supposed to be covered by her “Workman’s Comp” insurance in that she hurt her back at work.

The Aleve Unit only comes with one set of gel pads. Deanna found a good deal for 10 gel pads, on Amazon, from Hollywog. We had those delivered early last week.

Last Friday morning she was putting on the Aleve JUST as their TV commercial came up (most likely on MSNBC). So we both watched it — she midstream in the act of pasting the unit to hre back.

When the commercial was over I asked her how the Aleve claims matched up with what she had experienced.

She said that the unit works and works as well as they claim on TV!

That, to me, is a pretty good endorsement given all the harsh things I had heard over the years about her wired TENS unit.

So that is good.

Just wanted to share that with you just in case you were thinking of getting one.

For the price and given the money-back guarantee I would definitely try it out.


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by Anura Guruge


“Polar Caves”, Rumney, New Hampshire — Second Visit In Two Years.

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Teischan, then 9, went to ‘Polar Caves’ (in Rumney, NH) for the first time last year on a school field trip. She loved it. Come the Summer (of 2015) she insisted that this was the #1 place she wanted to visit. We had never been though we had driven past it numerous times. So last August, while Devanee was at camp, we took her. We were impressed and had a good time — as I elaborated in my post. On Tuesday, July 19, 2016, we visited again — this time Teischan, Devanee & I (while Deanna went to some medical appointments).

We got there around 10:15. Glad we did. It never got super busy while we were there but we definitely beat the ‘rush’. That was good. Three bus loads of kids from various camps came along and it did get quite noisy and boisterous. But that was OK.

We had fun. It wasn’t as ‘great’ second time around for me as it had been last year. The novelty was gone and I knew what to expect. Teischan still loves it and claims that it is still her #1 spot though she had a good day at “Clark’s Trading Post” last week. I would go to Clark’s any day of the week. Clark’s is way more fun, has more to do, has a wonderful festive air (always) and is more colorful in every way (with way more flowers than there were at the Cave’s).

There was more emphasis on rock climbing that I recall from last year. A few of the granite faces, along the Nature Walk, had been equipped with ‘hammered in’ acruirments to facilitate climbing and rappelling. Way of the future, I guess — a way to get more visitors.

But, all in all not a bad day. It is NOT a full-day out as is say Clark’s or ‘Storyland’. Teischan did all the caves (nine in total) twice — once as soon as got there and the second time after we had lunch. I accompanied her on the second circuit, climbing the 87 steps to the top of “Raven’s Nest”, but didn’t go through the caves — each cave having a ‘detour’ for those that wish to give them a miss. I also walked the full nature course (the hard way) twice — though the girls opted for the easy route the second time. We took out time. Teischan mined for minerals — for $10. But with all of that by 3pm we were well and truly done. At Clark’s last week, we were there till 5:30 and could have stayed for at least another hour longer IF they hadn’t closed! So that is a big difference.

IF you haven’t been, definitely give it a try. That said I am surprised that there aren’t many serious accidents at this place! It is dangerous. Devanee and I both banged our heads, twice each — and we are not that tall or bulky. We both sport BIG bumps on our heads and I am not pleased because I haven’t had a bump like that on my head, which hurts like that, for decades. parents let little kids run through the place and I spoke with a mother, who had been there before, who was trying to navigate the caves, which invariably have slippery floors, wearing rubber flip-flops! To exacerbate matters one of them broke, to her consternation, while she was in a cave — behind us.


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“Clark’s Trading Post”, New Hampshire — Cheer & Charm Persists.

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I have been a huge and unequivocal fan of “Clark’s Trading Post“, Lincoln (i.e., ‘Loon‘), N.H. from the very first time I visited 15 or 16 years ago. I like everything about Clark’s. The bear shows are heartwarming in that the Clarks treat the bears like we treat our dogs. They, as they do like to point out, are their family pets. And you can tell. The bears are so at home with the two (Murray and Maureen (these days)) Clarks. So while I cringe and close my eyes when “Ringling Brothers” insist on putting on Big Cat acts I have no qualms, whatsoever, about the bear acts. You can tell that the bears are pampered and loved and doing the show is part of their lives. So no issues with the bear show. On Tuesday, July 12th, when Teischan and I visited, we (as is not unusual), watched both bear shows.

The train ride is always fun. Yes, I know the routine and the spiel by heart (and knew the now retired Wolfman). But it is still fun and it is nice to see the reaction of kids.

The new 300′ feet Anaconda water ride (up a 40′ platform) is sure fast (20 to 40 seconds max., top to bottom) but does give you pause since part of it is in PITCH darkness. It was fun though I am not sure I will do it again.

I did the Segway ride the first year it was open. We did it twice each on Tuesday since the lines were short. Though short, i.e., 3 minutes, it is enjoyable.

The Chinese Acrobatic and Contortionist Troupe, though different to the Chinese father and daughters act from a few years ago, is compelling though we have seen lot along these lines.

The water blaster boats do get you soaked — which was good since it was broiling hot.

In my opinion what is there NOT to like about Clark’s? Yes, it is very compact BUT they pack a lot in. But this is true of all the New Hampshire attractions of this genre, Befitting the State’s smallness they also all tend to be small. That said I will maintain that Clark’s is my favorite amusement-related attraction in New Hampshire — ahead of Storyland, Santa’s Village & Polar Caves.

Tuesday’s visit, and Teischan and I were there from 10:45 am to 5:15pm, was a success. I got to talk with Murray Clark, in depth, twice — once about his dad’s 1908 Ford Model T which he was restored and the other time about his kids. That was a bonus. I used to always chat with his dad. He was neat. He was missed.

I always recommend Clark’s unstintingly. Wonderful place for kids.


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Pope Francis’ Historic First Visit To The U.S. — THE BOOK.

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It is the definitive insider’s guide to Pope Francis’ visit to Washington D.C, New York City and Philadelphia in September 2015. Check it out. Amazon has the descriptive blurbs so I won’t regurgitate them here.

Did a lot of research for this book and that, as with some of my other pope books (e.g., Popes and the Tale of their Names), is what sets it apart. Lots of information that is not common knowledge. I enjoy the research! This book, like so many of my others, was basically an excuse for me to do the research. I don’t see a point of doing research if you don’t share it with folks.

This, in the end, proved to be a long book. 170 pages, 7″ x 10″, in paperback form and 213 pages as an eBook.

Given that the pope will arrive in D.C., from Cuba, on September 22, 2015, I had a very HARD, immovable deadline. I wanted to get the book out a month prior to his arrival. So in the end, given that I didn’t finish my previous book till mid-May, I only had 3 months to write this book — though I had started doing some of the research earlier in the year. My goal was to have it published a month ahead of the pope’s arrival. I missed that by a day, but I am not too upset by that. This book was a lot of work and for the last 6 weeks I was working heads down whenever I could — BUT at the same time trying to make sure that I spent time with the kids and took them places they wanted to go (like ‘Polar Caves‘ & ‘York Wild Kingdom‘ last week). The kids, actually, are kind of funny about my books. They are so used to me writing and having books published that they think it is the most normal thing in the world. So yesterday, when I told Teischan (9) that I had finished my latest book, her words were: “Oh, good! That book took you forever to write. You have been working on it for 3 months!” Wow. The expectations I have created. Three months is plenty of time to get a book done. Yikes.

I am taking at least a 2 week break after this book. For a start I need to spend time with the new camera I plan to get — hopefully ordering it this week. I do have a list of about 5 book titles in my head. Tempted to write a book about Buddhism next! So the sequence would be … popes, popes, orgasms, popes, Buddhism. That is me. Versatile. There is, however, a dynamite ‘pope’ book that I want to write. So it is going to be a tussle. PLUS, a new resolution. Going forward I am NOT going to work on a book everyday! I am going to take 2 (maybe 3) days OFF a week. Yes, I will still write — as in blogging etc. — BUT it will not be on book. That way I can get some other stuff done. So that is the plan.

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“Polar Caves”, Rumney, New Hampshire — Quite The Place, A Ton Of Fun, August 2015.


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Yes, Monday was “York’s Wild Kingdom” and Thursday, August 20, 2015, was “Polar Caves“, Rumney, New Hampshire. These were the two ‘special’ day trips that Teischan got, in addition to going to the beach and Great Waters concerts, while Devanee is at Camp. ‘Polar Caves”, by far, was where she most wanted to go. She had gone there on a school field trip, a few months ago, and since then has been agitating to go back. Now we know why. It is fun. Neither of us, though we have driven past it many  a time, had been. So it was all new to us.

It was good. We were impressed. These are by no means the ‘Luray Caves‘. There are no stalactites and stalagmites (and remember it is the ‘tites’ — like tight — that always come down). One of the caves, the 2nd I think, had some ice. But these caves are more of an obstacle course than cathedral type ones with large open spaces. Yes, they were a bit tight — and I am not that big. But it was fun. Nice elevation too at the top — Raven’s Nest. Lots of tranquil places to walk and explore. Not crowded. Everybody very congenial and chilled out! No lines so to speak. Nobody trying to rush you, everybody being ultra-polite. Lots of kids. Fun place.

Panning for minerals is a big hit and Teischan had already had that planned. It was well worth the $13. As with York there was a deer petting zoo and they had pheasants, some of the same, as York. So a bit déjà vu. Teischan was very happy, and so were we. We were there for over 5.5 hours. Another nice day — not as hot as Monday.

Definitely recommend it. Prices are good too. I think entrance for the 3 of us, and I bought the tickets, online, with a 10% discount, the day before, was $39. Good value. They, unlike York, take credit cards everywhere. I guess that is because we were in New Hampshire as opposed to Maine.

Yes, fun, fun, fun. Glad we went. Teischan is taking all the credit, and she is right.




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