PSNH Power Outage In Alton (N.H.), Thanksgiving 2014, From ~5pm Nov. 26 to ~7:20pm Nov. 27. [26 Hours]

psnhlogo Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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The two Sears mid-size generators which made the 26 outage bearable and manageable.

This, for us in Alton, served by PSNH as opposed to the Electric Co-Op, was the longest outage in many  a year. It was a humdinger. 26 hours over Thanksgiving. But it wasn’t as bad as it could have been. For that I am thankful. That I was lucky enough to have two working generators, that chugged away, non-stop for hours, much to my amazement, certainly helped. It would have been very different if NOT for the two generators. When they are going 70% of the house has power and we have heat, oven, microwave and running water. So cooking a full Thanksgiving dinner with Turkey and Ham was not a challenge. All the outlets don’t work so the toaster oven was not operational but that was not a big deal since the gig oven was on all day.

The last PSNH outage, in Alton, that I am aware of was on June 18, 2014. So that was 161 days previously. The one prior to that was on November 27, 2013. Fancy that, PSNH outages on November 27 two years running!

So in away we really can’t complain. Yes, I was miffed. I am always miffed when we lose power. Can’t help. I am not sure that a 26 hour outage was warranted. But at least we got power back before we had to spend a 2nd night without power.

I am always much more sanguine once the power comes on and I find everything, especially the Internet connections, are back to normal. I am nowhere close to as livid as I was say at 2pm on Thanksgiving Day. That said I was pretty cool all day — once I went and got 14 gallons of gas, in 2 trips, to make sure that we had enough juice to go through a second day. I spent much of the day either reading or shoveling snow — both activities I enjoy. I had the Turkey in the over by 9 am and the ham didn’t require that many hours.

The power has flickered a few time since. That makes me jittery. But I am OK.

It was a memorable Thanksgiving thanks to the storm and the outage. All in all it was not bad at all. We had fun. The relatives arrived, slightly ahead of schedule. That was fun. They brought me a TON of good wine! I haven’t tapped into them yet but they will get drunk.

This was the longest run for our 2 generators. They exceeded my expectations. I am impressed. That was a lot of work for them. Hopefully they can have a long break before I need to use them in anger again.


We Sure Got A LOT Of Snow For Thanksgiving 2014 In New Hampshire Lakes Region. 14″ I Reckon & No Power For 26 Hours.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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This proved to be one heck of a storm. Pretty impressive but at the same time left us with a breathtakingly beautiful, snow draped landscape for Thanksgiving. Yes, I would have enjoyed it much more if we had power BUT it wasn’t too bad in the end.

A lot of snow. I reckon 14″. I didn’t bother to take a tape measure out. Well these before-and-after shots should give you an idea.

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These pictures were taken around 9 am Thanksgiving Day in Alton. What you have to keep in mind is that 19 hours earlier there was not a JOT of snow on the ground. Green grass and brown dirt. Then this. The snow wasn’t as heavy as people made out. It wasn’t fluffy but easy enough to throw around. I did, for the heck of it, about 2 hours of shoveling. The large quantities of turkey and ham I ate later went down without any trouble given that I had made sure to work up a real appetite for it.


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But all that snow or the lack of power did not get in the way of Thanksgiving. We had relatives arrive from Maryland. They drove up, leisurely, in about 10 hours without any trouble.

Click to ENLARGE. It was kind of nice to really rely on candles for dinner.


Thanksgiving 2014 Nor’Easter In New Hampshire — Lakes Region. The Pictures.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014.

I went for my run, up Prospect Mountain Road, with the dogs, around 9:40 am. Dry, relatively warm but gloomy. Got back around 10:30. Still dry. Went and located 6 snow shovels and my snow pusher. Brought them around from above the garage and placed them in their designated spots outside. Moved some stuff outside — like a mirror. Still dry. Quite nice. So I kind of pottered around outside. A few, odd, and very odd were they indeed, started coming down. The pace accelerated even as I watched. In 40 minutes we had an inch.

By 3 pm, when I was taking my lunch break, we have upward of 6 inches. It is blinking beautiful out there. I wish all of you could enjoy it. It is all white, blacks and grays. A winter wonderland for us who are used to the snow and the cold. There is a lot of snow.

We will shovel in the morning. That should be fun. I am told it is heavy. Heart attack snow.

The first 3 pictures, taken around 3 pm, in Alton, New Hampshire, will give you a GREAT idea as to how much snow we have had. I reproduced them full-size so you can enlarge them to gauge the depth.


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All taken, handheld, with my refurbished Canon T3i.


Poor Phil Hughes’ Injury From A Cricket Ball ONLY Redoubles My Calls To BAN Cricket Helmets!

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Junaid Khan getting hit.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.
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Click to access the Phil Hughes injury story in the U.K. “Daily Mail”.


I kind of said everything I had to say about this issue, i.e., how wearing helmets is creating a sense of uncalled for invincibility, in this August post — after Pakistan’s Junaid Khan got hit on the helmet in Sri Lanka.

My contention is very simple: too many batsmen are getting hit on their helmeted heads BECAUSE they are wearing helmets — and as such are much more cavalier about treating short-pitched balls with the respect they demand AND have NOT LEARNED all the proper techniques of dealing with a bouncer without getting hit on the noggin.

Remember helmets are NEW in what is a sport that goes back centuries. Helmets were not even widely used at the start of the 1980s. So helmets have not even been around for 30 years and we have been playing Test Cricket for 137 years. And trust me, ask anybody who was around or look it up, there were fast bowlers in the 1970s & 1960s, most of them tall and black as coal, who were as quick, if not quicker, than any of today’s quickies. But here is the crazy thing. Prior to helmets we didn’t get too many people taking FULL blows to their head with a cricket ball. Prior to helmets you just could NOT afford to take the risk. A cricket ball making contact with your temple at 85 mph will give you more than a bad headache.

Now with helmets I see batsmen ducking into balls. It is BECAUSE they have a helmet. No technique, no sense.

But it is like the gun laws in the U.S. Nobody will have the courage to argue the issue at the ICC. But maybe IF we get a spate of injuries, and this is the 3rd helmet related injury I have seen since August, the ICC may be forced to act. Banning helmets, altogether, batting, keeping and fielding will take a LOT of guts. But it will save players and it will save the game.

I hope Phil is OK. I feel bad for anybody who gets hit with a cricket ball. 

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Real men, in this case MY MAN, Gordon the Greenidge (and that is why my son is M. Gordon Guruge), taking on quickies, and hooking, with aplomb, in the 1970s, without a helmet. I was lucky to have seen a LOT of Gordon in the 1970s and early 1980s.


I Signed Up For 2015 Insurance On Healthcare.gov, aka, Obamacare [i.e., ACA], Website Without Too Much Grief.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Given all the cruel and unusual grief I suffered last year trying to sign up for 2014 coverage, and the amount of harassment I have endured this year with ‘the system’ incessantly demanding documents from me, I was dreading having to sign up for 2015 insurance. Not only is it the law (and I can’t afford to cough the penalty) my precarious health dictates that I have at least catastrophic coverage to keep the family from the ‘Poor House’ the next time I fall ill.

I had kind of worked out a strategy to hopefully minimize any system load related grief. I was going to sign up on the late afternoon of Wednesday, November 26, when everybody else would be busy trying to get where they were going for Thanksgiving. I had assumed that the day before Turkey would be a quiet day for healthcare.gov. I am sure the same will be true over the whole 4-day Thanksgiving period but I didn’t want to tackle it on a holiday or when Internet traffic would be at a peak on Black Friday.

2015healthcaregov1But as with all my plans I didn’t stick to it. Over the last 2 weeks as the very observant among you may have noticed I have switched my schedule around. I no longer pots or doing anything serious on this blog during the day. Instead I work on the book. That way I can devote some quality writing time to the book. Today, for a change, I made some good progress on the book. 30% done. I was ready to start a new section. It was just past 4 pm. Occurred to me that IF I try and get my Obamacare taken care of today, I will have tomorrow free to work on the book. So I gingerly logged onto healthcare.gov around 4:10 pm. Being who I am, I had made sure that my logon worked on November 15th itself — i.e., the very day the system opened for 2015 enrollment. Actually, being who I am, I checked it a few times! Remember I am the one that has contingency plans for contingency plans.

Logon worked fine. Quick. No problems. Like night and day compared to the nightmare of last year. The process wasn’t too bad. Yes, I did NOT have to enter much data. Just verify and confirm information from last year. But they do insist on a tedious Q&A process. But, it was OK. I was done within about 45 minutes.

My premium went up 12%. I could have got a lower premium with one of the new carriers but from what I could see their network really had no doctors. So wasn’t much use having insurance with them if they don’t have any ‘in-network’ doctors.

I am SURE there is a GLITCH with dental insurance. As was also the case last year, though dental is OPTIONAL, it doesn’t appear to let you SKIP dental! I was going to skip it this year. But after 2 attempts to say NO and move on I decided that it must be fate. I had to have the damn insurance. So I got it. It had gone up 16%.

Yes, being the PRO I am with this system I UPLOADED the documents I had to submit. Got all the GREEN submitted and completed boxes. BUT, of NO! I already created a fat envelope with copies of the documents. Going to send it certified mail tomorrow. Not doing the same dance as last year.

But now will begin the tango with Anthem and Delta. But at least I have stuff already in place with them.

I will, of course, keep you posted.

Happy Turkey.


Alton Central School (ACS) [NH]: West African Drumming Assembly With Moussa Traore.

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Click to ENLARGE. Moussa Traore and his troupe.


West African Drumming, to my delight, was one of the after school programs offered to ACS 3rd and 4th graders this current Semester. Though she wasn’t thrilled about it (at least to begin with) I prevailed that Teischan should attend. It appears that the school has, in the form of Mr. Carl Nickerson, an Educational Assistant for the ‘gifted & talented’ programs, a very gifted West African drumming aficionado, apparently a protege of Massachusetts based Moussa Traore. It was Mr. Nickerson that conducted the 8-week drumming club. It would also appear that it we he that arranged for Moussa Traore to appear and star at the Tuesday, November 25, 2014, pre-Thanksgiving schoolwide assembly (from 9:45 to 10:45 am).

The West African Drumming club were going to open the assembly with a drum demonstration of their own. On Monday the parents got an e-mail from the ever perspicacious Associate Principal, Linda Wilman, inviting us to attend the concert, especially if you happen to have a 3rd or 4th grader who was going to be on stage playing the drums. We were there this morning, with bells on. Lina Wilman did a good assembly. I was impressed. The kids appear to respond to her well.

Drumming was good. Mr. Traore is a rare talent. Appears to be a very nice guy too. Everybody seemed to have fun. That was great. A wonderful way to kick-off Thanksgiving.

I decided to shoot some video using my Canon Rebel T3i. I had never even looked at how you do it on that camera. 1:20am this morning I had to dig out the manual and have a quick look. Glad I did. I would not have had a clue as to what buttons I needed to push. So the videos below are all from the Canon. Not great. But they are OK.


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The kids taking turns to introduce Moussa Traore and his troupe at the start of the concert following Ms. Linda Wilman. That is Teischan, in the ‘screen scrape’ taking her turn to do the introduction.

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The ACS West African Drum club doing their drumming, Teischan is the leftmost on the Rasta-colored drum.

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Moussa Traore his two friends and ACS’ Mr. Nickerson strutting their stuff, very impressively, on the African drums.

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Some of the teachers, still in their night attire, joined in and it was a BLAST. The kids thought it was the cat’s whiskers.









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