Tag Archives: 2020

Rejoice! We Have Licked COVID. ‘Christmas Revels’ In Cambridge, MA, Will Happen In 2021!

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE. I got this in an e-mail from ‘Revels’ this morning.

This made me so, so, so HAPPY. Wow. Best news of 2021. Confirmation that life is going back to NORMAL. Rejoice!

Of all of the COVID-induced tribulations of 2020, the one that impacted I the MOST was not being able to go to ‘Christmas Revels’ in Cambridge. I was crushed. My Christmas/New Year are NOT complete without Revels — Revels in Cambridge. I moped about this for months!

I had been hoping, in private, that Revels will be back in December 2021. Appears that it will.

Wow. I am so, so, so HAPPY. Did I already say that. This is great. This is fabulous.

IRS ‘Free File Fillable Forms’ For 2021 (i.e., 2020 Tax Year) AGAIN Has A Negative Number Error In ‘Schedule D’ — Precludes eFile.

by Anura Guruge

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Click image to access THIS post about last year’s Schedule D negative number error. This year’s is A SHOW STOPPER!

PANIC. This error is a SHOW STOPPER.

If you have to report short-term capital gain LOSSES on your Schedule D you are SCREWED.

Free File Fillable Forms‘ will NOT accept a negative number in column (d), i.e., Proceeds (sales prices). Yes, proceeds can be NEGATIVE. Smile. It can even be quite a BIG negative number. The IRS allows you to enter NEGATIVE numbers in these columns. You enter them in parenthesis.

Click to ENLARGE. Straight from the IRS. Schedule D instructions.

FFFF does NOT let you enter parenthesis. But, it lets you enter a NEGATIVE number with a MINUS in front.

The problem is that the eFile XML checker has an ERROR. I hate XML. Can’t believe that they still use XML. XML is a bloody joke.

Well, you have to print the return & mail it. This will be the SECOND time eFile has not worked with FFFF.

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by Anura Guruge

COVID-19 Notwithstanding, I Got About In 2020 — As Attested By ‘Google Maps’.

by Anura Guruge

It is SCARY that Google keeps track of EVERYWHERE I go!

Well, this is there summary of my travels in 2020 — COVID-19 or NO COVID-19.

In the end I travelled as much as I normally would have — THOUGH I did not take any type of public transport, get ANY takeout or go to a restaurant as of March 2020. So, all of these trips were road trips — many of them documented here.

The COVID restrictions did NOT start applying to us till mid-March. By then we had already done two trips — one to Newport, Rhode Island & the other to Rockland, Maine.

Then right through the Summer it was Day Trips — though one involved a 9-hour drive.

Then as of late August we made the trip South — all the way to North Carolina.

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by Anura Guruge

2020 Christmas Revels (Cambridge, MA) Traditional ‘Thank You’ Video — To Help Us Look Forward To 2021.

by Anura Guruge

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YouTube video.

I have already openly lamented, multiple times, that NOT going to ‘Christmas Revels‘, in Cambridge, was the WORST COVID-related DEPRIVATION I suffered in 2020! Think about it. Not going to restaurants, not going to Acadia, not going to Boston — missing ‘Revels’. Moreover, as my 14-year old daughter, another HUGE ‘Revels’ fan (who has been to at least 11 Revels) will attest, I was worrying about it getting cancelled way back in March! That was how early I was thinking about Christmas ‘Revels’ — & that from a man notorious for refusing to plan too far ahead. We, i.e., she & I, had even agreed that we would go to the LAST show — going to last shows something we like doing.

So, getting this video was a consolation.

Needless to say, it is VERY GOOD. Brilliant. Nice to see some familiar faces & hear some voices we know so well.

A BIT put out to see folks seated in MY SEAT in the balcony! That is supposed to be where I am. SMILE.

Watch. Enjoy. Plan for December 2021.

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by Anura Guruge


I Walked 2,800 Miles (4,480 Km) In 2020, 1,000 Miles More Than I Did In 2019.

by Anura Guruge

Busting my knee on February 28, 2019, when I slipped on ice, & the amazingly successful surgery a week later, proved to be an EYE OPENER, a turning-point in my life. I had been walking/running prior to that, BUT my busted knee (& pre-diabetic blood glucose levels) told me that I had to UP my game.

I did.

It has now become second nature. I just put in the steps.

So, it can be done.

IF I can do it, then anyone can.

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Lego Advent Calendars For 1998, 2006 & 2020 Completed.

by Anura Guruge

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The 1998 (very 1st Lego advent) to the left & 2006 (year ‘she’ was born) to the right.

The 1998  now on the right & 2020 on the LEFT.

You can see how they have evolved.

The very 1st, in 1998, was CLASSIC lego (of the time), CUTE & simple. They didn’t have many ‘shapes’/’models’. There were at least 5 planes.

By 2006 they had got more sophisticated. Of the three, that is probably the best.

2020 is just cheap & tacky.

We have 6 others too! Smile.

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THE Queen’s Christmas Speech 2020: Video & Link To Full Text.

by Anura Guruge

The BBC of The Queen’s Christmas 2020 Broadcast
— on YouTube.

The Queen, at 94, still looking resplendent & in CHARGE.
I am so HAPPY.

As ever it was and inspirational.

My Christmas is not complete until I see the Queen’s Speech.


Click here for the FULL TEXT of the Address.

For more delightful insights into THE Queen
and the British Royal Monarchy
visit their OFFICIAL site.

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by Anura Guruge

US Postal Service (USPS) Now Having Trouble Chewing Gum & Delivering Mail At The Same Time.

by Anura Guruge

What my title should really say is: “The USPS can’t track packages & deliver at the same time“.

The tracking is basically the issue. Having to track items screws them up. I have learnt this over the last 3-years from similar experience. Doesn’t happen all the time, but happens MORE OFTEN than not.

Just recently when I was at my local post office I heard one of the ‘postals’ saying this to a customer who was inquiring why a tracked item was still in the system rather than having been delivered. TRACKING.

This is PRIORITY MAIL. 11-days & it has moved 58-miles!

Yes, the COVID Christmas of 2020 has exacerbated matters, but this is what we have in this country.

To be honest, I will just be glad if it just gets delivered.

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by Anura Guruge

Christmas 2020 At The Guruge Household.

by Anura Guruge

Just a snapshot. A collage. NOT COMPREHENSIVE. Much more, BUT I haven’t got around to capturing it all.

Yes, we still have 3 Christmas trees, BUT for the first time in 14-years ONLY one is real. Two fake! Yikes. NOT my decision. But, someone — & we will not name names — wanted a PINK Christmas tree. Hard to find a real Christmas tree that is pink. SMILE.

Two Santa villages. 10 Advent calendars.

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by Anura Guruge

The Very Avant-Garde, Sci-Fi 2020 Vatican Nativity Scene That Has NOT Impressed The Pope.

by Anura Guruge

Just a few images from Google. You can do your own search.

Given that they have been doing nativity scenes for so long, they, i.e., the Vatican, does like to experiment & try out new themes.

This one is ‘interesting’. Yes, kind of a time warp so to speak. An astronaut, in a spacesuit, at the birth of Jesus.

To be fair, Pope Francis, has never been too thrilled with ANY of the Vatican nativity scenes since he has been pope. He sees them as a waste of money. He might have a point.

But I can see how this one could irk him more than most.

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by Anura Guruge