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An Inexcusably Callous & Unfortunate Incident With The New Hampshire Red Cross.

by Anura Guruge

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Not just my wife.

Others too.

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New Hampshire Red Cross.

This does NOT apply to the Red Cross as a whole.

My wife is a Red Cross blood donor. During this COVID-19 pandemic she has been trying to do her bit by giving blood (as often as she can).

She had two appointments cancelled. We understand. In each case, however, she received an e-mail the day before telling her of the cancellation.

She was all excited when she got today’s appointment — though it was on a Saturday, in Wakefield. Wakefield is a 50-minute drive, one-way. But, she was fine with that.

She tends to have a low iron count, so she for the last week she was doing all these things the Red Cross tells her she should eat: like eating bowl fulls of Cheerios, taking more multivitamins, drinking even more water etc. etc.

She was checking her e-mails for cancellations. NOTHING.

She checked again this morning. NOTHING.

We left around noon for the 1pm appointment in Wakefield.

We get there. The parking lot is EMPTY. Nobody there.

She calls the Red Cross. It is 1pm. They CONFIRM she has a 1pm appointment in Wakefield.

The building we are at — standing outside — happens to also house the Wakefield Police. I tell my wife to talk to the police. They won’t let her come in. She has to talk through an intercom. They make some calls. They said that others had called too. They eventually tell her that it is CANCELLED. It is now 1:30pm.

She is very upset. She is close to tears. I am glad I went — and I did so hoping to walk around Lovell Lake while she gave blood.

She is very upset. (Did I already say that?)

We come home. We have wasted OVER 2 hours.

She calls the Red Cross again. She gets an Arizona call center.

They initially CONFIRM that she still has a 1pm appointment. It is now past 2pm. Then they check another system and says: “Ooops! Sorry. It was cancelled this morning!

She then gets the above cancellation e-mail. It is time-stamped 2:36pm — for what WAS a 1pm appointment.


Very inconsiderate.

Very incompetent.

Not impressed.

Not happy.

She is very upset. Ruined her whole day.

Yes, we understand that in the scheme of things, this is relatively minor.

But, it would have been so easy to avoid it.

At best they would have had 60 appointments — BUT, I doubt that. It was probably under 40.

If they sent that gentleman an e-mail at 9:33am they could have sent my wife one too in that time period.

Somebody at New Hampshire Red Cross should explain. Somebody at New Hampshire Red Cross should be …

And in case YOU are wondering why I do not donate blood.

They don’t WANT MY BLOOD. Not good enough. I used to give blood, here & in the U.K. And NO, I do NOT have ANY infections. My blood is GOOD. They just don’t want it.


Have a guess. It is because I am British. I kid you bloody NOT. Go check. They will not accept blood from anyone who has any connection with Britain.


Try and remember. Remember? Mad Bloody Cow!

by Anura Guruge

The Picture Of The Day (Google Pixel 4) + 6 Also-Rans — April 18, 2020.

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Lovell Lake Wakefield Anura Guruge Google Pixel 4

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Wakefield [N.H.] Truck Driver Starts Driving 18-Wheeler With Trailer Raised!

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Pretty amazing. Driver claims he forgot he had raised trailer and that he didn’t notice it was raised when he came back to move the truck because it was dark. That seems hard to believe. Even in the dark you should be able to see the raised trailer towering above you.

Yes, I am also amazed that there is no visual/audible alarm that the trailer is raised.

He caused a lot of damage and disruption. Not going to be popular.

I am still in amazement.

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Which Signs Do YOU Like — Poor People’s Pub, NH or Geddy’s, ME?

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Geddy’s, Bar Harbor (Acadia), Maine (Left)

Poor People’s Pub, Sanbornville, NH (Right)

They “Poor People’s Pub” & “Geddy’s” are both fun places to eat at and just visit. 

I have been to both of them more than once, and will continue to frequent them.

Very different settings, one in the hustling, bustling heart of Bar Harbor and the other in rural New Hampshire. Yes, the artwork also is slightly different, though I am sure the Pub’s clientele will have no objections to the Bar Harbor flair.


I had seen the signs at Geddy’s a few years back. My first visit to “Poor People’s” was, however, just this April. Their signs reminded me of Geddy’s. Now you can see them side-by-side.

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“Poor People’s Pub”, Wakefield (NH): Revisited For Father’s Day — June 18, 2017.

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New Hampshire’s #1 Lobster Roll in 2017!

It was Father’s Day, and as such I could pick — and I picked “Poor People’s Pub“.

I had only been there once before, on April 29, 2017, for their 43rd birthday bash — but, I liked what I had and what I saw. My kind of place given that I am very much a ‘Shake It‘ kind of person. You have to go there to see what that is all about. {SMILE}

I had a good time. It was around 1:30pm and that is a tad too early for I. So, I had just their hot dog special and their roast beef sandwich, sans the bread and chips. Yes, just the meat. I brought all the carbs home for the dogs.

It is a fun place and I like the location. Great place to take pictures.

Jimbo, the ‘Hobo’, nor any of the family was around and that was a shame and a loss. They were, quite rightly, celebrating Father’s Day away from the maddening crowd.

Devanee had the lobster roll, New Hampshire’s BEST per WMUR — with or without Russian help in the voting — and liked it. Deanna, the lobsterman’s daughter, refused to have lobster in New Hampshire on the grounds that we are going to Maine twice and she would rather eat lobster there — close to the ocean! I wanted meat and the hot dog special was right up my alley — as was also the case with Teischan.

The house red was GOOD. Much appreciated.

Well, I will be going back again …


The carbs I brought back for the dogs. It is OK.
They get plenty of exercise, running and swimming.

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“Poor People’s Pub”, Wakefield (NH) — 43rd Birthday Bash. April 29, 2017.

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It was a BLAST!

A true birthday bash with infectious bonhomie infused in the air.

So glad that I went — and I have to thank my friend, Mal Stirt, of Wolfeboro, for insisting that I do.

It my first time to Wakefield, let alone this delightful Pub!

I have driven on Rte 16 through Wakefield, so to speak, but I had never stopped or done anything in Wakefield until today. That is going to change.

As ever I lucked out in getting to spend some real special time with Jimbo Keating the co-founder and the iconic hobo’s alter-ego. That was a treat. He, however, did warn me that they are ‘packed’ right through the Summer and that there typically will be a 20 – 30 minute wait. Good to know.

The food was good. We only ordered one 43 cent burger! Given the crowds and rush it was a bit of a wait to get the food BUT it was OK.

I had a real fun time. Loved it. Loved the ‘Shake It‘ and ‘Wipe It‘ signs. Made my DAY!

Thank YOU, Mal.

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“Most Trump” & “Most Clinton” Towns; i.e., “Reddest” & Bluest” Towns In N.H.New Hampshire (2016 Election).

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Most Trump — Millsfield with 60% margin (but with only 20 votes cast).

Most Clinton — Hanover (i.e., Dartmouth College are) with 75% (with 7,487 votes cast).

Most Trump, ‘BIG’ Towns — Wakefield (33%) & Alton (31%).


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(in REVERSE order — largest margin at bottom).

2016: Red - Blue Map

2016: Red – Blue Map

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