Daily Archives: December 12, 2019

Friday the 13th, December 2019, Does NOT Count; It ONLY Counts In October.

by Anura Guruge

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Only Friday the 13th that fall in October count!

Period. Full stop. 

Full moon has nothing to do with it.

The superstition has to do with the dissolution of the Knights Templar.
And that happened on Friday, October 13, 1307.

This is December, NOT October, so Friday the 13th does NOT COUNT.

Repeat, does NOT count.

On average we get a Friday the 13th every 212 days.

We had one in July 2018.

The LAST Friday the 13th in October was in 2017.

The next Friday the 13th in October will be in 2023.

Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knights_Templar

The ’13’ really has nothing to do with the supposed thirteen attendees at the ‘Last Supper’ — particularly since there is no consensus, at all (at all), that the ‘Last Supper’ took place on a Friday — that traditionally been the date of the Crucifixion, hence ‘Good Friday‘ at Easter.

The superstition about Fridays the 13th being unlucky really has its roots in Friday, October 13, 1307, when, with the blessing of the French PopeClement V, the French King, Philip IV, who was heavily in fiscal debt to the Templar’s (the original international bankers), had most of the Templars in France arrested.

It was a bad day for the Templars — and was really the first major financial crisis in world history.

Hence why people were afraid of Fridays the 13th. They didn’t want a repeat of what happened to the (far from) ‘poor’ Templars.

This fact tends to be forgotten.

Friday the 13th in October happens per a 5 to 6 year cycle with occasional 11-year gaps.

We just had one of those. So, the last 13th in October was 11-years ago, 2006. The next one is 6-years from now.

At 66 I have only lived through 9 ‘Friday the 13th in October‘.

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by Anura Guruge

Burning ‘Off-Road’ Diesel, At $2.60/Gallon, Very Successfully, In My Outdoor Tiki Torches (Rather Than Kerosene Or Citronella).

by Anura Guruge

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NO, I did NOT do this impulsively or recklessly. I have tremendous respect for fire and I did not want anything exploding or burning out of control.

But, I knew that you could burn kerosene in Tiki torches and that diesel and kerosene are closely related — the difference been the amount of ‘refinement’ they receive.

Diesel is far cheaper than ANY OTHER oil you can burn in a Tiki torch or an outdoor lamp. Since, I have my Tikis lit much of the evening I burn a lot of fuel. So, cost was the main motivator. I was NOT going to keep on buying kerosene at $11 a gallon when I am driving past gas stations selling diesel at $2.60/gallon.

So, I did a TON of research. Made sure that I was on solid and safe ground. Well, whatever you burn is flammable. No escaping that. But, I wanted to be careful.

I tried it gingerly. Standing well back. It worked. No different to burning anything else — other than it is smokier. But, I only burn outside well away from anything — and only in winter (when we have snow). So the smoke or smell doesn’t bother anyone.

So, that is the story. Do NOT take my word. Do your own research and convince yourself that there is nothing wrong doing this.

P.S., You can burn ‘off road’ diesel in your in-house oil furnace — and I have.

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by Anura Guruge


‘Atoll’ Publishes An Article By I, On Their Blog, On Using An Electric Pump To Inflate My iSUP.

by Anura Guruge

Click image to access my article, with pictures of me using the pump, on the ‘Atoll Board’ blog.

I am always game to write about products or things I like, I use with relish or I care about. This electric pump, for my 11′ Atoll iSUP definitely fell into that category. It made using the iSUP that much easier and faster. I can’t imagine inflating my iSUP without this pump. So, I wanted to make sure others heard about my v. positive experience and how I felt.

Luckily the (very friendly) Atoll team were more than happy to indulge I. So, here it is. Yes, there are pictures on this blog of me using the pump. But, now you can see them in a different setting. Enjoy. SMILE.

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by Anura Guruge

Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) Sure Looks The Part Of A Fine, Future U.S. President — Reminds Me Of Someone, Not Sure Whom.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hakeem_Jeffries

Watch this. From yesterday’s impeachment hearings.

I saw him twice this week on TV, on successive days, during the Donald Trump impeachment hearings. In both instances I was RIVETED by his presence, compsore, looks, bearing and oration.

He speaks like a statesman, shades of Lincoln. He also has the look, bearing and composure of someone else. Want to guess.

Wow. I was impressed. I was blown away. He is 49, but looks younger.

He should be running for president NOW. For 2020. But, he obviously thinks otherwise and I will bow to his judgement.

He BETTER run in 2024 — unless, of course, we have a Democratic incumbent (though I think that, alas, is unlikely).

He is a lawyer and most of the decent U.S. presidents have been lawyers. So, that is another plus.

I am sure I am NOT the first to have realized his presidential potential, but let me now go on record that I think, wholeheartedly, that he will make one heck of a president. A president that will restore the honor and glory of the U.S. Presidency.

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by Anura Guruge