Daily Archives: June 18, 2013

Defunct 700 Watt OCZ ModXStream Pro Power Supply Gets Repurposed As A Modern Art, High-Tech Mobile For Father’s Day.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

Anura Guruge

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So when the OCZ 700 Watt power supply was replaced on June 10th, I gave it to Devanee given that, if she is in the mood, she likes to take things apart and see what is inside.

I noticed that over the next few days that Deanna and both kids were busily involved in dismantling this unit and putting all the pieces on various trays. They told me they were building something. Then as Sunday approached they intimated that they were building me something for Father’s Day with the parts.

So on Sunday I got this. It is very nice. Very impressive. A good use of a dead power supply.

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‘Direct Sat TV’, N.C., Just Called Me And Admitted Misrepresentation! I Am Supposedly Getting 100% Refund. BBB Complaint Accepted.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

Anura Guruge

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Got the above e-mail from the ‘Better Business Bureau’ this morning.

Then, about 20 minutes ago, I received a call from ‘Jeanine’ — who said she was from ‘Direct Sat’.

She said that she was calling about my complaints — though she was not specific about which ones; i.e., complaint I filed with BBB or the joint call I made yesterday morning with a Disputes Manager from my Bank of America credit card.

But she said this. That they had reviewed my call with them on June 12, as I had asked them to do in both complaints, and that I WAS RIGHT.

The rep had, as I was claiming, MISREPRESENTED ‘Direct Sat’ as ‘DirecTV’!

Remember that was my contention all along. I checked. They lied. I am not totally stupid. Much of the time I do know what I am doing.

She says that they will now give me a FULL refund. She has given me a phone number: 910-693-30xx.

I will not count my pigs until I see the credit on my online statement. But, this is a start.

I asked her if the rep had been fired. She said that she did not know but that the ‘case’ had been escalated to the proper management.

This is still SICK. 

A Sex Shop In Laconia, N.H., At The MacDurgin Building? Cracked Me Up. I Was ‘Employed’ There A Decade Ago.



 ..by Anura Guruge

Click to access the Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 'The Laconia Daily Mail' edited by the Mayor-presumptive of Laconia, NH.

Click to access the Tuesday, June 18, 2013, ‘The Laconia Daily Mail’ edited by the Mayor-presumptive of Laconia, NH.

Given that it was the lead story it was hard to miss. I saw it around 8:20 am this morning, while (of course) still lying in bed, with my cup of coffee in one hand. I was lucky that I did not (yet again) spill it all over the bed to earn Deanna’s ire.

As soon as I saw ‘570’ I kind remembered, even before I got to the ‘MacDurgin building’ part, that this was my old stomping ground.

Suffice to say it cracked me up. I will, in honor of all those that allegedly labored there for decades, I will refrain from saying I ‘worked’ there. But, I was kind of employed by them for about 15 months (I think), from 2002 — 2003, as their “Chief Bottle Washer” — or at least that is what it said on my MacDurgin business cards. To be fair, at least during the time I was there, there wasn’t that many bottles to wash.

There was never a ‘Mr.’ or for that matter ‘Mrs.’ or even ‘Ms.’ MacDurgin. It is a concocted name. I am not even sure whether the business is still operational. I kind of had heard that the ‘Mac’ part of it passed away a few years ago. He would whole heartedly have approved though his dear wife, one of the sweetest ladies I have ever met, might have had some concerns to begin with, though I had come to realize that she was amazingly resilient, open minded and had a wicked sense of humor.

Wow, a sex shop on the premises would have been great when I was there. I would have had more bottles to wash. Would have definitely increased the foot traffic into the building.

I still remember a great call. A lady had walked in and was talking to that delightful ‘Mrs. Mac’. As was invariably the case if I wasn’t busy washing bottles she called me over to ‘help’ — especially since I sat, in the open, very close to her.

The lady that had walked in was asking for a ‘USP’ for her daughter’s computer. Took me a second. Then I asked, do you mean a ‘UPS’? And she immediately beamed and said: ‘Yes, that is it. She want a UPS’ — an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS). Since UPSs are differentiated by capacity I asked what kind of computer her daughter would be using with the UPS. She said a LAPTOP! Cracked me up. I had to explain to her that a laptop does not need a UPS (assuming it had a working battery). She assured me that her daughter’s battery (in the laptop) was fine. So I sent her on her way without an UPS. Another sales I didn’t make for MacDugin. No wonder they fired me.

As for the Sex Shop, I have to say, with regret, that even I, one of the most liberal folks when it comes to such matters, can see insurmountable issues. As far as I can recall there is an apartment building, with kids as is invariably the case in Laconia, that basically shares the parking lot with McDurgin. That would, should be, a problem. A shame. That whole building, if not for its central location, has great potential as a sex shop. Of course with any building as such you hear many stories of past escapades — especially since there used to be quite a few wags there in my time. Don’t know how true they were. One even marked a square on my desk, with tape, supposedly to commemorate one of his many conquests — and would come over, most days, to tap on it with a big grin on his face. Since we sold office furniture all our desks were kept clean, so I really had no qualms about what took place on my desk when I was busy washing bottles. It was all good fun.

Anyway, this story made my day.

South Africa Will Go The Extra Mile To Win ICC Champions Trophy 2013 For Nelson Mandela.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

Anura Guruge

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South Africa, these days, with the likes of Amla, AB, Duminy and Morkel (with that cutest of run-ups), is a formidable team even in the worst of times.

This morning I was trying to work out whether this would be a repeat of the last World Cup: Sri Lanka vs. India.

Then it hit me. The South Africans MAY BE trying to win this for Nelson.

Cricket is not his #1 sport. He, though a champion heavyweight boxer in his younger days, is definitely a Rugby man. That is OK. I can understand that. Cricket would have been hard to follow let alone savor from Robben Island. But, as we have seen, he just revels in any and all South African victories — as he should.

So, I get a feeling that this team will go the extra mile for Nelson in the coming week — and I am ‘A-OK’ with that.

Anything we can do to celebrate and glorify THE MAN.

I know the day is coming. I am dreading it. Not sure how I will handle it.

So what I do envisage is a Sri Lanka vs. South Africa final.