Alton, N.H. Old Home Day 2014, With ‘Annie & The Orphans’ + Fireworks, Will Be Weekend Of August 9, 2014.
by Anura Guruge
>> 2013 Alton Old Home Day Fireworks — Aug. 11, 2013.
>> 2013 Alton Old Home Day — Aug. 9, 2013.
>> 2012 Alton Old Home Day … — Aug. 5, 2012.
>> 2012 Alton Old Home Day Fireworks — Aug. 11, 2012.
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The always fun Alton, New Hampshire, “Old Home Day”
will be over the weekend of Friday, August 9
to Sunday, August 10, 2014.
Though the event has now been extended to cover a 3-day weekend,
‘the fireworks’, quite literally, as ever, will be on
Saturday night — and remember that the “Old Home”
fireworks are invariably better than those for July.
Added bonus this year.
Weather permitting this should be quite the night.
The 5K race, the antique boat show and the Parade through Town is on Saturday — so is the traditional, chicken barbecue at the Alton Fire Station.
In addition to the customary Craft Fair there will be a ‘Car Show’, in Town, on Sunday.
Went Swimming In The Lake, i.e., Halfmoon Lake, Alton (N.H.), For The First Time In 2014 Yesterday — June 30.
by Anura Guruge
>> Halfmoon deserted … — Aug. 24, 2013.
>> Water temperature in Halfmoon Lake … — June 30, 2013.
>> Losing swimming buoyancy — July 10, 2014.
>> 1st swim of 2013 in Halfmoon Lake — July 8, 2013.
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I thought I was at least a week behind ‘schedule’ and I was going to ‘blame’ it on us having been away much of last week. But I knew that I had the exact date of last year’s first swim enshrined, for posterity, on this blog.
WOW! I was actually 9 days ahead of last year. I am amazed, but pleased.
In my ‘middle ages’, given that I have lived in N.H.’s Lakes Region since 1991, mid-June used to be my traditional target date to start swimming in ‘the lake’ — the lakes over time having been ‘Shaw’s Pond’ in New Durham, the ‘Big Lake’ in Meredith (1997 – 1999) and Gilford (2000 – 2006) and now ‘Halfmoon’ in Alton since 2007.
Now much older and with considerably less insulation I need the water temps to be higher. Yesterday was tolerable. Maybe even pleasant. I did a decent swim.
I still feel the loss of 2 pounds of buoyancy as a result of losing weight. It is still very noticeable. All I can say is ‘WOW’ … who would have thought. I now make allowances for it.
Well, now that I started swimming I will try and swim, near daily, well into September. I like swimming. So in the Summer it becomes a run up Prospect Mountain in the morning and a swim in the evenings. Works for me.
So Summer is here. Come up and enjoy it folks.
by Anura Guruge
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It was last Thursday afternoon and I saw it as I was approaching the Alton rotary — from Rte 28 (West). It was already on the rotary. I immediately spotted the fixed, external metal visor. You don’t see those anymore. I guess they wreak havoc to the aerodynamics of a car and I can just imagine the forces exerted on it at speed. I wanted the kids to see it. I had a hunch that it would pull into McDonald’s. Took a ‘wager’ with the kids. I won. It did pull into McDonald’s. I followed it and managed to park right next to it.
Not having grown up here and with nearly all the cars in Ceylon, in my time, having been European, I don’t know much about old American cars. But, I know a cool car when I see it.
They were from Maine. I asked permission to take some pictures. Luckily Deanna had her camera on her. The driver told me it was a 1940. Wow. Even older than me. Showed the kids the visor. They, as I knew, thought it was cool. The lights at the back are so small compared to the rest of the car. Interesting. Not sure of the ‘heraldry’ on the ‘shield’ (coat of arms). Let me look it up. Wow. $250 for an emblem. OK. Found it on Wikipedia: “The Buick Trishield is rooted in the ancestral coat of arms of the automaker’s founder, David Dunbar Buick. That crest was a red shield with a checkered silver and azure diagonal line from the upper left to lower right, a stag above, and a punctured cross below. The division adopted this on its radiator grilles in 1937. In 1960, the logo underwent a major overhaul. Its single shield was replaced by a trio …” That stag is pretty stylized.
Anyway … ENJOY. Thought you might like to see the pictures. That is about all I know. Oh, I found out that the name denotes a straight 8 — like what they used on planes. Didn’t get the capacity or horsepower. Quick Google. Anything from 3L to 5L. 128hp to 168hp. Wow. We have come a long way. What does a stock 5L produce now — upwards of 350?
The Priceless Indians (That I Love) — Though This Is Quite Sad, But Is What It Is Really Like In 2-Tier, Very Rich-Very Poor India.
by Anura Guruge
NO question. This is SAD. But you see much worse in India.
When I related the BEST EVER Monica Lewinsky joke I told you that there was a time when I used to be a clearing house for distributing Bill Clinton jokes.
I hope you all remember the priceless Mastercard Priceless commercials. Well, I like so many other (and here is one quick example), also collected take-offs on the Priceless theme. I was lucky. I had folks send me great examples from around the world — and I would, per the charter, redistribute them. That was quite a campaign too. Also did a campaign on takeoff Altoid ads once it was discovered that sucking Altoids can enhance the whole oral sex experience! You knew that … right? I even engineered an elaborate prank based on this premise at a Trade Show where the unsuspecting butt of this insider joke were a bunch of folks I knew who were working the booth for a very famous networking company. It took at least 40 minutes before they cottoned on that something was up. It was all good ‘clean’ fun.
Anyway this, I am sure, was my FAVORITE ‘priceless’ ad (in its original undoctored form). It says, on the picture that it first appeared on ‘watchersweb.com‘. [Do NOT visit that Website UNLESS you want to be shocked. Not for the faint of heart.]
Why I, Though I Hate To Be Called “Indian”, Love Indians — They Are So Priceless. 11-Month Paragliding Baby!
by Anura Guruge
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Contrary to the very cultivated image I project and as such what most think about me, equanimity is my constant handmaiden — especially now that I am in my dotage. The days when I had great trouble dealing with idiots is long gone. It is difficult to get me to raise my hackles in public. Some attribute that for my pathological need to always be in control of MYSELF! That said I do have a spectacular temper. But luckily for all I only erupt very occasionally and I try to keep it down to once a year — if I can. Yep, it is that control thing.
But, one thing that does get my hackles up, THOUGH you will never see it, is when people ask me if I am Indian or worse still assume I am Indian. That really gets under my skin. My pet first response is: ‘No. No. I am not Indian. I am not good looking enough to be Indian’. As you must know and as Bollywood makes a point of highlighting, all Indians, by definition, are good looking.
So, though I hate to be thought of as Indian, I love Indians. They are a riot.
When I saw this I was not in any way surprised. That is what I expect of Indians.
Yes, I have ‘lived’ in India — but not full time. During 1969 to 1971 I used to go to New Delhi from London, during school breaks, at Christmas and in the Summer. I got my first driving license in India. But, I am NOT Indian. I used to drive around New Delhi, on my own. That is why I can drive anywhere in the world and it doesn’t faze me. After New Delhi tackling the Arc de Triomphe (Étoile) in Paris was pas de probleme. One of my favorite sites in New Delhi and I would ALWAYS have to stop and watch was people having their fortunes told by a Holy Cow! Holy Cow! Yes. The cow would paw the ground to convey her message. Told you. Indians are priceless.
Jokes apart, they are, by and large, very nice people. Just priceless.