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The Jaguar XJS V-12 (1989) Comes Out Of Hibernation To Stretch Its Legs.

by Anura Guruge


It has been in hibernation, under covers, in our garage since last September — albeit, permanently connected to a ‘Schumacher SC1319 1.5 Amp 6V/12V Fully Automatic Smart Battery Charger/Maintainer’. I have three of these Schumacher chargers. I had had very good luck with them. The green light to say that the battery is fully charged has been flashing all winter. And it sure did start on first crank. Takes a bit to get a V12 to start, but it sure did.


Took it for two short spins with Teischan — given that it is HER car. It is going into storage, in Laconia, on Tuesday. It will stay there for 2-years. Teischan will be old enough to drive it then. Stay tuned.


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“Rowen”, Our Newfies, First Easter.

by Anura Guruge


Water does not scare her, BUT she is still curious.

Will NOT drink from streams or lakes! Will sniff it … will pee in it, BUT will not drink. Only drinks from bowls or from a hose. That will sure change.



125-days old. That is 4-months & 5-days. Getting big. We have had her just over 9-weeks. She has changed our lives! Great dog. Lot of fun.

Forget what folks tell you about Newfies. She has become a GREAT walking dog. She, furthermore, enjoys her walks now that she has got it figured. Walks 4-miles with me every morning. She is FINE. She is getting STRONG.

So, why don’t I post more pictures of her. It is very difficult for I to get pictures of her! She is always so close to me. If I stop she is all over me. Standing up. Same at home. So, I have to rely on others.


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Netflix “Loving” (2016) Movie — Riveting, True-Life Story As To How Interracial Marriage Became Legal In The U.S.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access ‘IMDb.com’ listing for this deeply moving, consequential love story.

YouTube trailer.


Click to ENLARGE & read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_of_Rose_Island

It was a Netflix recommendation — & a damn good one at that.

Interracial marriage is close to home for I.

I have, all my adult life, taken it for granted. Never given it ANY thought. I can’t imagine what it would have been like to find/know that it was illegal & you could end up serving 25-years in prison.

Well, that is what this movie is ALL about. WOW. True story. All of it. I did NOT know that till I started watching. I just thought that it was a rather ‘cute’, but ‘trite’, title. ‘Loving‘. WOW.

What a country.

PLEASE watch. Good movie, educational & thought-provoking.

Thank YOU, Netflix.


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‘Amazfit T-Rex Pro’, Like Always Looks Good On Paper, BUT Is The APP & Software As Yet Ready For Prime Time?

by Anura Guruge


As some of you know (& these posts attest) I used to be a HUGE fan of Amazfit — in particular the very good-looking ‘Verge‘. But, I despaired of the unreliability & poor quality of its APP & internal software. Hardware & display is good, ‘A’ if not even ‘A+’ while the APP & software struggles to even get a passing grade. Very frustrating. From what I see on the Web & have heard things have NOT improved greatly over the last 2-years. Folks still have major issues with just getting the watch to pair & then sync.

I also NO LONGER trust Amazfit. Just have a bad feeling about them. They come across as ‘sleazy’. So, I am NOT going to trust MY data, especially GPS data, to them. Read-between-the-lines.

So, I look at this new ‘T-Rex Pro’ & sadly shake my head. Looks great, DIRT cheap BUT I know I will not be happy. So, why subject myself to the pain.


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‘$1400’ 3rd Stimulus Check DEPOSITED Today, March 23, 2021 — One Day Early.

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The IRS ‘Get My Payment’ tool. Click here to go to that page at IRS.gov.


Click image to access this post — re. 2nd check, which was paper.


It came today. Tuesday, March 23, 2021. One day EARLIER than I had been told by the IRS ‘Get My Payment‘ tool over the weekend. Prior to this last weekend I could NOT get any status. Then over the weekend, to my relief & delight, it said it would be DEPOSITED into my bank account, account number ending ‘xxxx‘, on Wednesday, March 24, 2021.

I SMILED.

I kind of suspected that I would see it one day earlier. I was right. I got it Tuesday, rather than Wednesday.

Why?

Because I also get my monthly Social Security payment one day EARLY. Smile

Why?

I could LIE & say it is because I am special.

NO. NOPE. Nothing like that.

It is BECAUSE I bank with a small, ‘speciality’ bank that is NOT TOO greedy.

SSA send all our payments to our banks one day ahead of the Wednesday payday. Most banks, such as Bank of America, hold onto that money for a day & only make it available to you on Wednesday. Not so my bank. They show it on my account on Tuesdays. Always have ever since I started getting SSA in that account 4-years ago or so.

So, that explains that. I have talked about this before. I am amazed so many banks get away with holding the payments for a day — BUT then again SSA says ‘Wednesday’. So they are in their right.


That it was deposited to my account pleases I.

The last TWO stimulus checks (& yes I know that the plural is ‘stimuli’) were NOT deposited — but instead sent to us as paper checks. That irked I. We have been getting Social Security, deposited to our bank, for years. So, the SSA had our banking data.

Yes, it is also true that the IRS never had my banking data — till 2-weeks ago! I have to think that that was a PURE COINCIDENCE. They are unlikely to have been able to correlate that data with this payment that quickly; i.e., in less than 2-weeks.

I am sure that FINALLY the SSA & IRS collaborated & the SSA provided the IRS with banking data for us SSA recipients.


I hope you also got your ‘check’ IF you were due one & expecting one. 

I heard from many, when I did my last post, who were desperately waiting for theirs. My heart goes out to them.

I really hope that things are better this time around.

ALL THE BEST.

I honestly can’t help. I would, if I could.


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Newfie “Rowen’s” Very First Encounter With An Unfrozen Stream — Cute.

by Anura Guruge



It was cute. Temperatures here have only gone above freezing (& even then just during sunlight hours) in the last couple of days. So, everything has been frozen solids — & the lakes are still frozen. This stream, across a little-used hiking trail that I often frequent, just broke free from the grips of what was a hard & harsh winter. You can still see the ice in protected ‘coves’. Well, it was all knew to Rowen, who was born in Iowa, on November 30, 2020. He is indeed a snow puppy.

She walked into the water without any fuss. She is familiar with water. She has had enough baths & loves playing in her water bowl. BUT she would NOT drink the water — though she, as is common with that breed, is always thirsty. She didn’t even sniff it. But, I am sure she will work it out in no time. Braxton, as is his wont, was lapping away. She paid no heed.


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Marvelous ‘Marvin Hagler’ — I Had No Idea That He Lived (At Least Part-Time) In New Hampshire.

by Anura Guruge


Click here to access the ‘WMUR’ post with video clip.


I can’t claim to have been a fan. I knew of him & had seen a few of his fights. I got hooked on boxing, in the mid-1960s, when I was a (pre-)teen thanks to Cassius Clay (as he then was). I was a HUGE fan of his & avidly watched all his fights (& in the late 1960s that sometimes was a challenge since I did NOT have ready access to a TV (even a black-&-white one)). Consequently the only boxing I initially followed was (super) Heavyweight. All other classes looked uninspiring & I thought there was way too much flailing around. Hence, why I never got around to following Marvelous ‘Marvin Hagler’.

That said I would have liked to have met him. Bought him a drink or two. IF I knew he lived in Bartlett I would have gone up & discovered where he hung out.

I heard, yesterday, as the sad news of his ‘early’ death was announced’ that he was from & associated with Massachusetts. Well, I did some research. He sure was born in MA.

That he lived in NH may need clarification. He did own a house in Bartlett. That is true. But, he also owned a house is Milan, Italy — & his current (second) wife is Italian. So, I am not sure whether he lived in NH full-time. Well, that is now academic. He does not, alas, live anywhere. Shame.


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‘Intuit’ ‘TurboTax’ ‘Satisfaction Guaranteed Refund Policy’ Is A Joke, A Scam — Totally & Utterly Sleazy.

by Anura Guruge



I will NEVER, EVER have anything to do with Intuit TurboTax again. Wow. I am in shock.

I bought the CD/Download “TuboTax DELUXE” for $120. I downloaded. Went to install it. It would NOT install since I run Windows 7. TurboTax requires Windows 10. I do NOT have a Windows 10 machine.

I thought getting a refund, giving the circumstances would be easy. A piece of cake. WOW. Not so. Took me over 2-hours just to reach a person. They could NOT do anything over the phone. Well, READ the image at the top. 5 to 7 business days JUST to review the request. Then UP TO 6-weeks to make the REFUND.

6 FRIGGING WEEKS! To refund $120 that they got from me.

That is NOT right. That is WRONG.

I never would have thought that Intuit was that scammy!

WOW.

So, BE AWARE.

HEADS UP.

I am going with H&R Block. They couldn’t be any worse. Yes, their software doesn’t run on Windows 7 either. So, I will have to use the ONLINE version. Not happy.



As regular readers of this block know, I am a HUGE & long time fan & supporter of the IRS ‘Free Fillable Forms‘. I have been doing my own taxes, without ‘tax software’ for at least the last 7-years. I can do it again, all on my own, without ‘TurboTax’ (equivalent), this year too. But, I could do with some CALCULATION help NEXT YEAR (i.e., 2021 taxes). Due to some ‘exceptional’ Capital Gains, that I could not really delay for any longer, I will have to do some major calculations next year. Yes, I could do it by hand — & I probably will. But, it would be nice to have software on hand to check my calculations — rather than getting a letter from the IRS that I screwed up. Every time I get a letter from the IRS I am sure I lose 10-years of life expectancy — hence why I am already living on borrowed time.

Well, I like to plan ahead. Belts & braces. I don’t want to jump straight into using tax software in 2022 without ANY experience of how it works. Next year’s taxes are going to be complicated enough without having to contend with new software.

So, I was going to do a TRIAL RUN this year. Try & get familiar with the software.

Well Intuit SCREWED ME. Not happy.




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Two More Of ‘Rowen’, Our Newfoundland Puppy From Iowa, Just In Case You Were Getting Withdrawals.

by Anura Guruge



She is a handful, BUT cute & loving beyond words. Absolute joy though she drives all of us to distraction & beyond. Still ‘little’. Soon she will be BIGGER, much bigger. We are trying not to think what she will then get up to. Hopefully she will also start to mellow & not be as mischievous & curious. At the same time, as with kids, I hate to have them grow up. So much fun when they are young & the world is all new. Enjoy.


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Netflix “Rose Island” (2020) Movie — Funny & Looks Way Over The Top Until You Realize That It Is, Incredibly, A True Story!

by Anura Guruge


Click to access ‘IMDb.com’ listing for this entertaining, fun movie.


YouTube trailer.


Click to ENLARGE & read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_of_Rose_Island


Though I was living in Paris (i.e., not that far away) when this, i.e., ‘Rose Island‘ happened, I do NOT recall hearing about. But, I was all of 15, wasn’t that interested in news & had other, more pressing things on my mind. When I first saw the Netflix trailer I assumed that it was all made up. Quite the story. Funny etc. Then I realized that it is (nearly) all TRUE! Wow. How amazing. Incredible. I wish the movie provided more information as to how he, i.e., ‘Mr. Rose’, the engineer, built it. Could not have been easy.

Very entertaining. Easy to watch.

As with ‘A Fortunate Man‘ it has to have been dubbed because it was NOT made in English & the leading characters are mainly Italian. The dubbing is top-notch. It fooled me (but, usually that is NOT hard to do).

I definitely recommend this movie. Enjoy.


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