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How Would YOU Solve This ‘AARP’ Brain Teaser?

by Anura Guruge

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It was in this month’s AARP magazine.

I am sharing it with YOU because YOU are too young to qualify for an AARP membership. But, thought this would intrigue you.

I expected that the answer would be convoluted, BUT not to this extent.

Well, spend a few minutes looking at it ….

I won’t tease or torture YOU.

This was there answer. Click here to see it. It is ‘OK’. It is a hidden page on THIS blog. SMILE.

So, what did YOU think?

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by Anura Guruge

EXCELLENT Article In AARP June 2017 Bulletin On OPIOID MENACE: From Pain To Addiction.

by Anura Guruge

Click to access an ONLINE version of this article from AARP.

An extract from this excellent article. Click to ENLARGE and read here.

Everybody is focused on the so called ‘illegal’ epidemic.

But, there is an EVEN BIGGER epidemic of PRESCRIPTION addiction and the BLOODY doctors and in the case of New Hampshire the unscrupulous, money-grubbing licensed nurses who will write prescriptions, on demand knowing that they are feeding the addiction. All they want is their money.

It is WRONG; it is CRIMINAL.

But, these doctors and nurses get away with it, day in, day out and are making MILLIONS.

Prescription addiction ruins families. I know. This article spells that out. 

But, we, the VICTIMS, don’t get any coverage, say or sympathy. All the attention is on those using illegal drugs.

I, so hope, that this AARP article will help.


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by Anura Guruge

Nothing But Kudos And Lots Of It To ‘Consumer Cellular’.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


Anura Guruge

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>> Forray with Straight Talk a disaster — Aug. 19, 2013.
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>> U.S. Cellular Web site & long holds

>>  … Sep. 19, 2013.


As I have explained before we are not ‘big’ phone people. Yes, I use a phone but it is not my favorite means of communications. I prefer e-mail. We don’t use the phone much. We also only use the phone, the old fashioned way, to make calls. So we need a basic cell plan — just voice and a basic phone.

I have been with U. S. Cellular for a long, long time. Maybe since about 2000, maybe even before. To be fair they treat me well. I have been out of contract for years. But, their rates keep on going up and their customer service is hard to reach of late.

Deanna’s aunt who works for Walmart told me about ‘Straight Talk‘. That would have worked but I had a horrible experience with a dead phone.

I have been an AARP member for a decade. It is a good deal. The membership pays for itself just in hotel discounts each year. When I remember I insist on my FREE donut at Dunkin. I think it is funny that Dunkin gives U.S. seniors free donuts. That is probably the last thing they need. I never eat mine. I give it to the kids.

I had seen ‘Consumer Cellular‘ advertised with the umpteen publications we get with AARP for years. But, I kind of thought that it might be even too basic for us. I was WRONG.

I saw yet another ad. on TV the other day. Decided to check them out. Prices and terms & conditions seemed right. No contract. Family plan for just $10 extra.

But, it didn’t say, inexcusably, whether you could transfer your existing cell number — a must for us. I have had this number for over a decade. All my accounts have it.

I called the 1-888 number to check. Yes, they support number transfer — the so called number portability.

They were beyond helpful. Very pleasant. Spoke good English. No real pressure. AARP members have an iron-clad 45-day zero-risk guarantee. I went ahead and pulled the trigger on that very first call. Ordered two Motorola phones and signed up for a family plan with 500 minutes to begin with. Yes, some catches. No free calls whatsoever, even at midnight. No free incoming calls. But, I can increase minutes on the fly.

The phones arrived within 3 days. They charged within 4 hours. Called to activate the service and have the numbers transferred.


Talk about simple. They transferred both numbers within minutes. The final two-way confirmation within the hour.

Service is provided by AT&T. Yes, initially when placing order we had to use the ZIP for Concord because their system said that Alton was not within the service area. Didn’t bother me or them. We knew that AT&T worked in Alton.

So, that is the story.

So far, so good. Very impressed. No problems. Deanna set up voice mail etc. on both phones. I am happy.

Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (Lebanon) Does Not Make AARP’s ‘Safest Hospitals’ List. I Was Surprised.



 ..by Anura Guruge

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New Hampshire’s Famous ‘Live Free Or Die’ Motto Only Came To Be In 1945.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

by Anura Guruge

I moved to New Hampshire in the Fall of 1986 BECAUSE of the motto!

I was living in Maryland (having come over from Britain in February 1985 (for what was my second stint in the U.S.)) and had been offered a job with Wang in Lowell. On one of the trips up to Lowell I saw a NH license plate and knew that I had no choice. I had to live in NH because that motto struck a chord. I was hooked. I could relate to it.

I still love it. I even adopted it to be mine: ‘Think Free Or Die‘, as you can see on my Web site.

I will, however, readily confess that despite my obvious fondness and affinity I had never bothered to check up on its origins or history. I am also sure that it wasn’t a topic covered in depth in my 2-day ‘Granite State Ambassador‘ (GSA) training class in 2001.

So, I was taken aback, when reading in my AARP Monthly Supplement for September (and getting even more convinced that I am ready to shortly keel over) an article about the battle ground states for the November election I saw a claim that the ‘Live Free Or Die‘ had only come to be in 1945. Wow. I had assumed that it went back to the 1860s, post U.S. Civil War. Since I do not take everything I read as Gospel I Googled it. Wow. They were right.

1945 — during the midst of WW II. The State Emblem came to be at the same time. I learned a lot in a very short time.

It comes from the American Revolutionary War, as opposed to the Civil War. It was coined by General John Stark, supposedly NH’s most famous soldier in that war. He wrote it, in July 31, 1809, as a toast to be given at a Battle of Bennington anniversary reunion dinner that he could not attend due to poor health. His toast was: Live free or die: Death is not the worst of evils.

I kind of remember seeing that there had been protests against the motto — especially its appearance on ALL NH non-commercial license plates. I now found details. As you could guess there are those that find this battle cry too incendiary, especially the part about the dying. Per the U.S. Supreme Court, as of 1977, you can cover up part of the motto on license plates … possibly even the whole motto, though in 27-years of living in NH I don’t recall ever seeing a covered up motto.