GoDaddy & I go back a long time, a very long time — 22-years or more.
GoDaddy of OLD was a GREAT, incredibly customer-focused company. GoDaddy & I, in the 1990s, grew up together when it came to the Web. We were both new and we learned together. — helping each other. I kid you not. I started using their Web hosting with Microsoft ‘FrontPage‘ and, truth be told, they didn’t have that many folks using ‘FrontPage’ at the time. There were issues BUT they worked with I to resolve them. Their support was outstanding. They had a group called the ‘Tiger Team’ that tackled the more complex problems. I dealt with them often. Yes, I had issues but GoDaddy always came through.
I was a HUGE fan and endorser of GoDaddy — with reason.
In 2013, the day Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation my ‘popes-and-papacy‘ WordPress Website, hosted at GoDaddy, got 160,000 hits in like 4-hours. It was NOT hosted for that level of traffic. Somebody from the GoDaddy CEO’s office stepped in, unasked, and took over ‘provisioning’ my Website. He made sure that my Website wuld cope with the spike without going down. As I said, he did this without me asking! That was support.
Then came bloody Blake Bloody Irving. He ruined GoDaddy! There is no other way to say it bluntly.
I moved all of my Web hosting away from GoDaddy.
Just kept my OLD domain registrations and e-mails at GoDaddy.
And then LAST WEEK!
My e-mail (i.e., firstname.lastname@example.org) has been hosted at GoDaddy for over 20-years. It gets renewed in late December. I am used to that. Over 20-years you get into the routine.
However, in 2017, I transitioned my e-mail, still at GoDaddy, to the Microsoft ‘Office 365 Professional’ e-mail and paid $400+ for that transfer (which they, to their credit, handled very well).
Well, early December I get the usual e-mail from GoDaddy saying my $119 AUTO-RENEWAL will be activated on December 28. I have e-mail, I have been paying this for years, so I just let it go.
But, just ahead of Christmas I had a few minutes to spare and thought I should check my GoDaddy account — which I no longer check that often.
I noticed I had TWO e-mails — a new one and an OLD and the $119/year was for my old. Hhmmm!
Called support. IT WAS AN ERROR. They had NOT closed down my old.
They cancelled and that took out the AUTO RENEW.
But, I had paid $119 in 2017 & 2018 though I was NOT using the old e-mail.
It took a few e-mails and a second phone call, BUT GoDaddy, to their credit, refunded both amounts, on the FLY. They refunds were hitting PayPal while I was still on the phone.
I was impressed. I was pleased.
And I wanted to share that with you.
They did GOOD and I am happy to say so.
Happy New Year.
The BBC of The Queen’s Christmas 2019 Broadcast
— on YouTube.
The Queen, at 93, still looks GREAT. I am so HAPPY.
The Broadcast, per the tradition, was delivered on British TV at 3pm GMT (10 am Eastern).
As ever it was ELEGANT, pertinent, informative,
and inspirational — with the trademark touches of humor.
My Christmas is not complete until I see the Queen’s Speech.
ENJOY. SAVOR. RELISH.
The FULL Text of the Queen’s 2019 Christmas Broadcast.
“As a child, I never imagined that one day a man would walk on the moon. Yet this year we marked the 50th anniversary of the famous Apollo 11 mission.
‘As those historic pictures were beamed back to Earth, millions of us sat transfixed to our television screens, as we watched Neil Armstrong taking a small step for man and a giant leap for mankind – and, indeed, for womankind. It’s a reminder for us all that giant leaps often start with small steps.
‘This year we marked another important anniversary: D-Day. On 6th June 1944, some 156,000 British, Canadian and American forces landed in northern France. It was the largest ever seabourne invasion and was delayed due to bad weather.
‘I well remember the look of concern on my father’s face. He knew the secret D-Day plans but could of course share that burden with no one.
‘For the 75th anniversary of that decisive battle, in a true spirit of reconciliation, those who had formally been sworn enemies came together in friendly commemorations either side of the Channel, putting past differences behind them.
‘Such reconciliation seldom happens overnight. It takes patience and time to rebuild trust, and progress often comes through small steps.
‘Since the end of the Second World War, many charities, groups and organisations have worked to promote peace and unity around the world, bringing together those who have been on opposing sides.
‘By being willing to put past differences behind us and move forward together, we honour the freedom and democracy once won for us at so great a cost.
‘The challenges many people face today may be different to those once faced by my generation, but I have been struck by how new generations have brought a similar sense of purpose to issues such as protecting our environment and our climate.
‘My family and I are also inspired by the men and women of our emergency services and armed forces; and at Christmas we remember all those on duty at home and abroad, who are helping those in need and keeping us and our families safe and secure.
‘Two hundred years on from the birth of my great, great grandmother, Queen Victoria, Prince Philip and I have been delighted to welcome our eighth great grandchild into our family.
‘Of course, at the heart of the Christmas story lies the birth of a child: a seemingly small and insignificant step overlooked by many in Bethlehem.
‘But in time, through his teaching and by his example, Jesus Christ would show the world how small steps taken in faith and in hope can overcome long-held differences and deep-seated divisions to bring harmony and understanding.
‘Many of us already try to follow in his footsteps. The path, of course, is not always smooth, and may at times this year have felt quite bumpy, but small steps can make a world of difference.
‘As Christmas dawned, church congregations around the world joined in singing It Came Upon The Midnight Clear. Like many timeless carols, it speaks not just of the coming of Jesus Christ into a divided world, many years ago, but also of the relevance, even today, of the angel’s message of peace and goodwill.
‘It’s a timely reminder of what positive things can be achieved when people set aside past differences and come together in the spirit of friendship and reconciliation. And, as we all look forward to the start of a new decade, it’s worth remembering that it is often the small steps, not the giant leaps, that bring about the most lasting change.
‘And so, I wish you all a very happy Christmas.”
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Attribution WILL be enforced.
This was so clever and her pieces so delicate, fascinating, captivating and attractively priced. Plus, she is from New Hampshire and, to boot, a graduate from Keene State College (which Devanee will be attending as of August).
I was blown away. Wow.
This young lady is going to go FAR.
The BEST THING I saw during 3.5 hours of strolling through Concord Market Day 2019. And just this made it worthwhile.
The creator of this fun & stimulating Website, Larry Mager, sent me an e-mail last week about his Website and how it came to be.
To quote Larry: “After being laid off from my teaching job several years ago, I was pretty low. I’d lost a job I loved, and didn’t know what I was going to do next.
But then a funny thing happened. My neighbor came to me desperate to find a tutor for her son. I offered my services as a temporary solution. Fast forward two years later and I’m running my own tutoring business and making progress with my mental fitness website, Readybrain.net.
I’ve never been happier, and I want to help those going through a tough spot in their careers feel like I do“.
I sure like what Larry is doing.
His premise is the same as my “A ‘Think’ A Day, Keeps Alzheimer’s At Bay” books. He even talks about it, on his home page, using terminology similar to what I advocate. So, yes, I am very happy and delighted to be able to promote this effort. Great job, Larry.
I like the Sudoku. I don’t know how to play Blackjack (and, alas, there are no instructions as yet) but it looks interesting. You definitely should explore this Website. You will find it rewarding.
William Cheever Turner’s Amazing Vehicular Art On Display At The ‘Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center’.
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Copyright belongs to Mr. William Cheever Turner.
I have always said that going to ‘Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center‘ (DHMC), in Lebanon, N.H. is like visiting a resort rather than a high-end, full-function hospital. They go out of their way to make the environment soothing and pleasing to the senses. You are surrounded by very high-class art and if you are lucky, as I was this morning, with live music from a piano player at a grand.
They had works by Milford (N.H.) artist ‘William Cheever Turner‘ on display in one wing. I had never heard of him and I wish I had. His work, as you can see, is quite spectacular. I took a few pictures so I could SHARE them with you. You have to check out his. The level of detail and realism is phenomenal.
It was a good day overall, and we were not there for anything serious. These paintings made my morning.
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Other than the circles, everything else is hand drawn.
It is something to behold. It is blinking beautiful. Her most ambitious and, of course, best effort to-date — and she knows it.
So, a week ago she was going to sell it to I for $90. Today, she wanted $200. But, we had a deal. She is on the hook to sell it to I for $90.
I just need to raise the $90 in cash. That is all that she will deal in.
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Other than the circles, everything else is hand drawn.
Yes, this is Teischan’s (12) latest. It is on one of the mounted canvases she got for Christmas. The detail on it is pretty spectacular. If you look very carefully at the middle circle you will see a ‘T’. That, for ‘Teischan’, is a trademark in all her mandalas. She knows I like it and today, at lunch, offered it to I for $90! I am torn. I really would like her to try and sell it online.
This is from HER Website. Yes, she has had teischan.com since she was 12-hours old! The domain was registered 4-months before she was born!