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COVID-19: Did You Know That Walmart Has Closed Its Auto Centers?

by Anura Guruge

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I had NO idea that Walmart had done this.

Went to the Rochester (N.H.) Walmart Auto Center yesterday to try & get the a/c on our Nissan Quest topped up. It was CLOSED. Bunch of associates lounging around taking great glee in telling me they are closed.

How does that make sense?

Car repair was deemed ‘essential’ from the start. Other places are open.

I did some thinking. Yes, to be on the safe side they would need to disinfect the insides of the cars before they get in them. I can see that. But, other places do, & Walmart, more so than others, should be capable of taking that step in their stride.

I am disappointed — but Walmart disappoints I often.

I know that a lot of people rely on Walmart for their car care because they tend to be affordable.

Not right.

No big deal for us. I will take it to another local shop.

Just wanted to make sure you knew about this.

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by Anura Guruge

‘Mount Desert Oceanarium’, Acadia, Maine (By Bar Harbor) — CLOSED (At Least For NOW).

by Anura Guruge

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The tarp-covered main sign on Route 3 (taken last Wednesday).

What I got when I did a Google search on “mount desert oceanarium”.

Click to access my post from 3-years ago.

David Mills — the owner.

My pictures from 3-years ago. Attribution will be enforced.

We were on the way to Stonington last Wednesday, June 26, 2019, when I saw the (dreaded) blue tarp covered sign. On the way back I stopped and pulled into the driveway. The gate was closed and padlocked.

The next morning I checked with a knowledgeable local who also happens to drive past the Oceanarium every day. He confirmed that it was indeed closed and that it had only been partially open the year before.

This is distressing.

It was a good destination especially in inclement weather — and you can’t spend 5-days in Bar Harbor over the Summer without encountering at least one of those days.

We, in 2016, had more or less a PRIVATE tour with David Mills, the owner, as the pictures above attest. He took a liking to us. That Deanna’s father had been a Maine lobsterman might have played a role.

I liked David. He and I chatted for quite a long time — and I had stopped by in September 2016 also to have a word with him.

I wanted, quite desperately, to write his life story and the history of the Mount Desert Oceanarium‘. David was v. interested with the notion BUT, alas, had an issue with I (and let’s face it — who doesn’t). David is a profoundly religious, God-fearing soul. It distressed him that I was not. It was one of the first things he asked me. Where I stood with God. My answer distressed him. His line, in the end, was that he did NOT think that God would approve of a hardened heathen such as I writing David’s life story. His final words on the matter to I was: “maybe I should write it myself. I will have to see what God wants“.

I have not given up on David even if he might have on I. I am going to try and contact him.

I hope there is a way that the Oceanarium can be reopened.

Stay tuned. As far as I am concerned this is but a hiatus.

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The Windows of “Castle In The Clouds”, Moultonborough, New Hampshire, October 18, 2017.

by Anura Guruge

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Attribution WILL be enforced.

A different perspective of “Castle In The Clouds” — which is now closed until May 2018. This was from the October 18, 2017 visit — our 3rd in 2017.

It is fun to try and visualize what views ‘they’ enjoyed out of these windows. I am sure I am not doing enough justice. Not as easy, getting it right — or at least not for I.

Enjoy. So, many more pictures of the “Castle” that I should post.

But, I wanted to get these out. Enjoy.

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Who Will Stay Long Tomorrow, With Markets Closed On Friday, N. Korea, Syria & Russia All In Play.

by Anura Guruge

U.K. Daily Mail, April 12, 2017.

I have been amazed that the market has been resilient in light of all of this geopolitical unrest.

Never seen it so steadfast and ready to ignore Tomahawks being lobbed around, willy nilly.

But this weekend could be rather interesting to say the least and the Markets are close on Friday for Easter.

So, any risk aversion trades will have to be done Thursday, April 13, 2017.

I will continue to stay LONG.

Having stayed LONG, without a single exception, for the last 10 years there is no point trying to be cut now.

I have quite literally accumulated enough ‘Market Karma’ to keep me going through a few corrections. {SMILE}

Basically thinking out aloud.

As an option trader all volatility is what we live for.

All the best. Bon Chance. It could be quite the ride.

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‘B&H’ Photo — A Major Camera Outlet — Closed For 9-Days, Straight, For 2017 Passover.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE and read here. ‘B&H’ link: http://www.bhphotovideo.com

Of course it is their prerogative and you have to admire them for their commitment and steadfastness.

I kind of got used to ‘BuyDig‘ (a.k.a. ‘Beach Camera‘) closing for Jewish holidays when I used to buy cameras from them. But, I don’t remember them ever closing for that long.

No big deal. I do not recall buying anything major from ‘B&H’ though I used to enjoy getting their thick, and jam-packed printed catalogue.

This is just a heads up.

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Alcatraz Ceased To Be A Prison This Day 54-Years Ago; March 21, 1963.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE and read snippet here. Wikipedia link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcatraz_Federal_Penitentiary

I like the beauty of Alcatraz — but then again I never had to serve time on it.

Did the full tour of the Island in 2005. That was neat. I wish I can find the pictures from that trip.

Got to see it from multiple vantage points on our trip to California last year. What a beautiful island.

So the prison was closed 54-years ago, after 28.5 years in service.

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Winter Comes To “Acadia National Park”, Maine — Road Closures Kick In For 2015.

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Officially, per the National Park Service, it is now winter at the ‘Acadia National Park’ though they ruefully note “As of Tuesday, December 1st: We have yet to receive any snow in the majority of the park. There is some ice on the tops of mountains and trails”. To be fair to them this is probably atypical. Per tradition road closings, in particular the iconic ‘Park Loop Road’, kick in on December 1 (irrespective of actual road conditions) and stay in effect until April 14.

And that is the case now, and I received an ‘alert’ as such from my ‘Acadia’ APP on my Android Pad.

Two sections of the ‘Park Loop Road’ are however open. A short section, known as ‘Ocean Drive’ between Sand Beach Entrance Station and Otter Cliff Road and Jordan Pond with access from the ‘Stanley Brook Entrance‘ at Seal Harbor. The ‘Ocean Drive’ section will give you access to ‘Thunder Hole‘.

All the carriage roads are OPEN and Route 3 that cuts across the Park and then then traverses the western perimeter of the eastern section of the ‘Mount Desert’ part is open.

We have never been to Acadia in Winter. The latest we have been is September and the earliest, June. I would like to go and I know the kids will jump at it. They are Acadia addicts. I don’t think we can do it this month or in early January. Just too much going on. But I might try to get up there, for a quick weekend break, in late January or February. Of course I will share with you. I know that most of the Bar Harbor hotels, including our now preferred ‘Wonder View Inn‘, is closed for the Winter. But I am sure there are a few open and then there is always Ellsworth — Maine’s fastest growing city.

‘Woodstock Lodge’ Of ‘Hotel Impossible’/Anthony Melchiorri Infamy In More Trouble? Price Reduced $200,000.

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This morning I noticed a marked spike in intrest in my “Hotel Impossible“/Anthony MelchiorriWoodstock Lodge” posts — which to be fair have always been a popular topic since my first post in November 2014. I also noticed, given that stuff like that never escape my attention, that some folks were doing searches on “Woodstock Lodge closed”. Piqued my interest, plus I feel it is my duty to stay on top of this given the people who visit here looking for updates. So, I went a looking.

First thing I noticed is that the sale price has come down $200,000 — from $1,850,000 to $1,650,000. That is (only) a 10% reduction. Not that unusual.

I also notice that their, i.e., the Lodge’s, Website looks neglected and sloppy. But, I can’t find anything that says that they are CLOSED and as such are not accepting reservations. I am calling just calling! I called 1-(845) 679-2814 the phone number listed on their Website. I couldn’t get through BUT people assure me that it works and that they are accepting calls. 

NASA’s Petty, Petulant, Political & Above All Shameful Closedown Of Its Website.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


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Click to see the STUPID notice for yourself if you really want to see it ... to BELIEVE it.

Click to see the STUPID notice for yourself if you really want to see it … to BELIEVE it.

This is stupid and spiteful.

NASA could have kept its public Website up
during the Government Shutdown.

This is yet another example of the petulant behavior by petty government officials akin to closing down the open-air, free-to-all WW II memorial in D.C.

Yes, I fully understand that they might not have the resources to keep the homepage of the NASA public Website updated — though I again iterate, the buggers are going to get back pay, so why aren’t they back at work?

This is beyond the pale.

The clown in charge of NASA and the one who ordered the Website to be taken down. He should be fired.

This is the clown in charge of NASA right now — Charles Bolden, and I do NOT see anything bold in his action. Just plain cowardice and bratishness. He should be ashamed of himself. He should be supporting the President. But, then again he seems to be way, way out of his depth. He should be fired along with the other scam-artist, Bryan Sivak, who is responsible for the crippled healthcare.gov JOKE.

Just last week, as reported here, NASA, yet again, screwed up, BIG TIME, and wasted $11 million dollars of taxpayer money trying to send up a simple weather balloon (BRRISON) to snap some pictures of my comet, Comet ISON, C/2012 S1 (ISON). They couldn’t get the telescope to unlatch. This was NOT rocket science. This was a helium weather balloon. $11 million. Wonder how many pockets got lined with that money. I could have successfully achieved that mission for under $800,000. But, then again, I am competent and have always been.

As we know NASA’s Website gets regularly hacked, because competence is not really a requirement to work at NASA. It was hacked just 3 weeks ago. Now we don’t even have a hacked site. Nothing. Deep empty space — probably just like the inside of Bolden’s balding head.

Click to access 'SLATE' article.

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Google Doodle For Yosemite National Park’s 123rd Anniversary — On The Day That The Park Is Closed Due To Government Shutdown.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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YosemiteNPGDOct113thLast Google Doodle post:
Pinata for Google’s 15th birthday
>>Sep. 18, 2013.

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to provide access to Doodle from the Google Doodle Archive.

Talk about ironies or irony.

Yosemite, like all the other National Parks, are CLOSED TODAY because of the Government Shutdown!

Today also happens to be NASA’s anniversary, the 55th. Much of NASA is closed too.


It is a beautiful park. I have only been once and that was in 1992. Would go there again in a heartbeat.