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BEFORE & AFTER
They, led by ‘Hal’ work HARD & Well
‘Hal’ is responsive. He is ALWAYS checking for messages!
Absolutely AMAZING. From first contact to getting driveway sealed — 5-days!
Yes, 5-days. 5-days.
I called him right away. He asked me to text him my info. I did. He said he will come by & give me an estimate as soon as possible.
He texted me Sunday afternoon. Sunday afternoon. He was here within the hour. Sunday afternoon. Wow. I was impressed. I like folks who work hard.
His price was DECENT. Very decent. Nothing to quibble about. I was HAPPY. I accepted it on the spot.
He said he will try & get it done within 2-weeks. I pressed him. SMILE. I have been trying to get this driveway paved since mid-June.
He texted me Monday & said ‘Wednesday’. But, then we had the storm coming.
He texted again this morning, Wednesday, to say he will be around this afternoon.
He was. Well, the pictures tell the story.
They were GOOD. I was impressed.
I gave him a nice ‘tip’ PLUS went to Hannaford & bought all three of them ‘drinks’ for when they were finished. I was that happy. SMILE.
This was a great relief. I had been screwed by ‘Sunday Paving & Sealing’ in Wolfeboro! Forget Sundays. I couldn’t get any sense — let alone any work — Monday to Friday. Stark contrast from HD. I had ACCEPTED an estimate from ‘Sunday Paving & Sealing’ on June 23. They said ‘within a month’. Well on July 30 I was still waiting. They then said, ‘September’. That is when I went looking again, & luckily, thanks to Heath, came across ‘Hal’. I am so happy.
Total, unreserved RECOMMENDATION — ‘HD Seal & Stripe‘.
Great folks. Great attitude.
Good work. Good price. Good work ethic.
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WOW. The fanciest Tesla charging station I have ever seen — & to be honest, I haven’t seen many.
Rochester is an interesting choice. Not exactly the richest town hereabouts. Not actually sure if there are 8 Teslas in Rochester in total. Yes, further South. But, Rochester.
Must be a sign of the time — & today Tesla shares went up $84.38 & the stock cracked the $1,000 mark. SMILE. Yes, I own Tesla stock. Alas NOT many. But, my Tesla stock has TRIPLED in value since I bought them. SMILE. Yes, TRIPLED. At the current rate they will triple again. I will then be able to buy a Tesla, maybe used, from my few Tesla shares. SMILE.
I take LEAP YEARS into account.
This year was a LEAP YEAR.
So, April 6 this year,
in terms of days since Jan. 1,
is 96 — same as April 7
for a non-Leap Year.
Ice Out 1992 to 2019.
So, this was EARLIEST since 2016.
Much earlier than the last two years.
Vagaries of Ice Out 2000 to 2019.
Pretty early, but given the noticeably mild winter it was to be expected.
Not as early as 2016, 2012 or 2010. But, nonetheless, early.
Hampton Beach, N.H.: New Year’s Eve 2020 (i.e., December 31, 2019) Fireworks CANCELLED — Not A Joke, OFFICIAL.
I read about this YESTERDAY and didn’t believe it. Thought it was a joke.
Today, I called up the ‘Ashworth By The Sea‘ Hotel and checked. It is kosher.
Shame. I am bummed.
I think Portsmouth is still going ahead.
From Facebook also.
Wolfeboro, N.H.: New Year’s Eve 2020 (i.e., December 31, 2019) Fireworks CANCELLED — Also So NO ‘First Night’.
The fireworks, BOTH 6:30 & 8:30pm, were ‘just’ CANCELLED.
Bummer. I was checking whether it was 6pm or 6:30pm! Glad I checked.
Haven’t missed a Wolfeboro New Year’s Eve firework show in YEARS.
There has been NO ‘First Night‘ in Wolfeboro on December 31, 2019.
There was NO ‘First Night’ in 2018, 2017 or 2016!
Instead there is a ‘Last Night’ that wraps up by 9pm.
The Events, from their Facebook page.
‘Cirque FLIP Fabrique — Blizzard’, At ‘Dartmouth’, Dec. 6, 2019 — Rewrote The Notion Of ‘Absolute Brilliance’!
Check out this video. It does show SOME of the
mind blowing trampoline act (towards the middle).
I think you might have worked out from my title that I was impressed. Actually, I was beyond impressed. These 8 ‘kids’ (and they are YOUNG and there was only 8 that were on stage) redefined brilliance and I am not exaggerating or kidding. Wow. Wow. Wow.
Their talent, individually, collectively & synergistically is so awesome that it is humbling.
We go to a LOT of circuses — at least once a year, and we try to go to the BIG ones, whenever we can, like ‘Cirque du Soleil‘ and ‘Barnum & Bailey’. Just do a search on this blog. So, we have seen a lot of acts over the years. And these, by these 8, were UP there — way up there. And as you can see from the program (above) four of them have been with ‘du Soleil‘.
Their ‘vertical’ trampoline act is the BEST we have seen and we have seen it done by ‘du Soleil’, ‘Barnum & Bailey’ and others. The best, by far. They were brilliant.
The juggling. Out-of-this-world.
The magical piano player who did so much and was so integral to all the acts. Amazing. What it says in the program is TRUE. A generational talent! The whole piano ‘thing’ is very clever and cute. It is one of their props. It is no ordinary piano. It has a lot of electronics and an umbilical cord that is pretty hefty. I found this for you on YouTube. It gives you a glimpse of his talents but just a glimpse.
It is a proper circus. They do multiple, diverse acts and per circus lore even throw in a comedy, clown skit between the main acts. Very clever and very cute.
In addition to ‘brilliant’, ‘astounding’, ‘amazing’ a couple of other words that invariably come to mind are ‘cute’, ‘clever’, ‘ballet-like’.
There was only one disappointment — it was just 1-hour long! Halfway through I suspected that this would be the case. Nonetheless, it was kind of upsetting to be proved right. Given the amount of energy they expend they couldn’t, realistically, have stretched it out to 2-hours. But, they have to see how they can make that happen — with an intermission to break it up.
That said, HIGHLY, highly, highly recommended with no caveats. If you can catch them, do not forgo the opportunity. You will be amply rewarded.
Then today, we got a postcard from the HOP (at Dartmouth) advertising this circus. We haven’t been to the HOP in a longtime and there used to be a time when we used to go to 4 – 6 shows a year! So, this was an opportunity to rectify things.
Checked them out on the Web. Canadian and we know that Canada is now the home of world class circuses — starting with Cirque du Soleil. Six years ago we saw another AMAZING Canadian circus — i.e., CIRQUE ALFONSE ‘Timber’ — at the HOP. That was good. So, we are hoping that this might follow in the footsteps.
Last year, at Christmas, we went to ‘Cirque Dreams Holidaze’. That was OK but wasn’t worth writing home about. They are actually back in Manchester again this year but we decided to give them a miss. Then this came up.
We like Dartmouth, we like the HOP. So, this should be fun.
Of course I will keep you posted. SMILE.
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It sure is entertaining, amusing and amazing,
but what really sets it apart gratifyingly
is that it is
uplifting, inspirational and morally rewarding.
In these disturbing times
is a welcoming oasis
of hope, promise and fortitude.
at its conclusion
brings tears to my eyes —
what these KIDS manage to achieve is so wonderful,
their parents must be so, so proud (deservedly).
We were blown away last year and I vowed that I will be back — not just for the show, but also to show our support and gratitude.
It was good last year, and I thought it was even better this year, though on the way home we worked out that they did not have the tightrope walking in high heels which was world class.
All of this year’s acts, including the comedic interludes, were extremely well done. Bravo. Kudos.
It is easy to forget that these are just kids, school kids. Not professionals and, moreover, that they put this astounding show together in 18-days. 18-days!
I was in awe last year and I am in awe again this year.
Yes, I am a circus aficionado who has seen a lot of circuses including Barnum & Bailey (at least 9 times), Cirque du Soleil (at least 4 times), Big Apple (many, many times) & the famed Moscow Circus (in Moscow in the 1970s). In terms of raw entertainment Circus Smirkus is as good! In terms of ‘feel good’ vibes — it is better than all of them!
Yes, I am a fan, a BIG fan of ‘Smirkus’. A wonderful endeavor. Something we can all be proud of.
Thank YOU, Smirkus.
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All of these were essentially in or around the New Durham public library. I always make a point to take my camera when I visit New Durham, year round, because it is such a picturesque ‘little’ town (and yes, many years ago, I did own a lakeside property there, though we never went into New Durham per se since we were much, much closer to Wolfeboro). In the summer they go all out with the flowers. Enjoy.
NH County Commissioner ‘Hunter Taylor’, Of Alton, Confirms He Is A Decent, Honorable Man With A Sound Moral Compass.
My initial assessment of him, 3-years ago, was SPOT ON.
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Bravo & Kudos Hunter.
YOU have, courageously and convincingly, demonstrated that being a good Republican does not mean you cannot also be decent, honorable, honest & righteous.
Hunter Taylor is an exceptional man, cerebral, learned, committed and caring. I have had the honor of meeting him (and his delightful and equally bright & inspiring wife, Ruth Larson) a few times and have always walked away buoyant and with hope for the future.
Simply (but slightly more crudely put) Hunter Taylor has shown that there is noting that says that being a modern Republican means that you have to be a jerk, a bully, a racist and a blowhard.
Another good day for New Hampshire. Yippee. Two in a row. Wow. Yesterday, we had the ‘Period Poverty‘ bill, spearheaded by a schoolgirl, passed into law.
Things are looking up for New Hampshire.
Thank YOU, Hunter.
You are a MAN, you are THE MAN.