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I Donated A Vintage Raleigh Bike To ‘Goodwill’ in Concord (NH) Today — And It Felt Good.

by Anura Guruge



I just wished I had room in our Nissan Quest ‘van’ for another. I would have taken a second one too.

We have a large storage space above our ‘triple’ garage (and it must be a triple since it houses three British cars). I went up there around Thanksgiving to start bringing down Christmas stuff and was horrified to discover that we had five or six unused bikes up there. I realized that there must be plenty around, locally, who would love to have one of them, I wasn’t going to keep them any longer on the vague assumption that one of us will, someday, get around to using them. There is another bike in the garage that I very occasionally ride just for the fun.

So, I set about trying to find out how I could donate bikes. Wasn’t easy! Finally it transpired that ‘Goodwill‘, in Concord, was the best bet. They even have a program that they ‘restore’ the bikes and give them to deserving adults who need transport. Bingo. I was all in favor.

I just did not have the chance to take a bike down to Goodwill till today. Once it was loaded into the Quest somebody checked its price on eBay. Heck, no! Nope. I was not going to be swayed. It is Christmas.

It felt good. The lady who picked it up at Goodwill said: “somebody will be very happy with this”. Well, probably not as happy I was to donate.


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by Anura Guruge


Ahead Of the 2017 Summer Solstice: Fremont, Seattle, WA, The Naked Cyclist Parade — The YouTube Videos.

by Anura Guruge


Click here to access the official ‘solsticecyclist‘ Website.


From what I can see they have been doing it, in Seattle, for 25 years!

The Summer Solstice in the U.S. would no longer appear to be complete without them.

In 2017, the The Painted (Naked) Cyclists of the Solstice Parade in the Fremont district
of Seattle, Washington State was on Saturday, June 17.

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Some YouTube videos from the 2017 Parade.

Enjoy. There is MORE. Go look.


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by Anura Guruge

Fremont, Seattle, WA, Summer Solstice Naked Cyclist Parade Is Today, Saturday, June 18, 2016.

by Anura Guruge


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Click here to access the official ‘solsticecyclist‘ Website.


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Click image to access 23 minute YouTube video from the 2015 Nude parade.


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by Anura Guruge

‘Pittsburgh’ By Very Gifted, Alton, N.H. Photographer John Bishop.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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>> Another John Bishop picture — Nov. 5, 2013.


Pittsburgh skyline aerial

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Another Photograph By Very Talented, Alton, N.H. Photographer John Bishop.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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>> Another John Bishop picture — Nov. 5, 2013.


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Photograph By Very Talented, Alton, N.H. Photographer John Bishop.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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New Hampshire Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Ceremony (May 17, 2013) & My Second Shift Volunteering At The Concord State House.

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My 1st shift volunteering at the State House — May 13, 2013.
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We visited the NH State House … — Dec. 29, 2012.
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Granite State Ambassador photo montage — Nov. 21, 2012.


policememmay17I am real glad that Virginia Drew and Debbie Rivers at the State House Visitor Center asked me to come back on Friday, May 17, 2013 so that I could see the New Hampshire Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Ceremony. I had never been to it before. It was special. Definitely going to add it to our annual list of events. I wish I had taken the kids. I also did not take my camera since I was supposed to be ‘on duty’ and I don’t like to look like a tourist when I am volunteering. But, I will rectify this next year. It was good to see all the different branches of NH law enforcement in their full glory.policememmay17bThere were two mounted police officers, on two beautiful horses, from Dover. There were about 30 motorcycles in the motorbike parade (and it was kind of poignant and cute to see two bikes fall, though I felt real bad for the officers). Officer Sullivan, from Alton, who works at the school was there on his bike and I got to go and shake his hand. I never realized that the ceremonial uniform for our ‘Fish & Game’ officers is bright red. They look much sharper than those Mounties up north.

The Londonderry School Marching Band was very impressive as was the children’s choir that sang. The ‘NH Police Association Pipes and Drums‘ were there with their bagpipes and decent bagpipe music always makes my day. To me any day that includes a bagpipe marching band, is a good day, by definition. I know them well from their perennial presence at the Highland Games. I think they were classed a ‘Grade 5 Pipe Band‘ in 2012, but I think they sound as good as most ‘Grade 2’ bands. So altogether a very impressive showing behind the State House this morning at 10 am. Not counting the ‘invited guests’, who probably numbered around 200, and all the Law Enforcement officers,there was, at best, only about 100 (if that) spectators — and that included 2 school groups that we had brought out to see the ceremony. I think with more publicity more people will and should attend. I will give folks a heads up next year.

My 2nd shift was a load of fun. Did something I have never done in my 59-year old life. I have never used a cash register! I have never worked in retail. So having to ring up some souvenirs, under supervision, was kind of cool.

Met some real neat folks. One State Rep. from down ‘south’. We had a nice chat. Some folks from Canada. A couple from Albuquerque who are trying to visit all 50 State Houses. NH was their 18th. It was educational to chat with them. So, it was a good day.



'New Hampshire Police Association Pipe and Drums' in action from YouTube. Click to access video.

‘New Hampshire Police Association Pipe and Drums’ in action from YouTube. Click to access video.



VIPs from Primary Seasons at the Visitor Center.

VIPs from Primary Seasons at the Visitor Center.