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Today I Picked Up The Volvo XC60 I Ordered Through Their ‘Care By Volvo’ Program; It Is At Best ‘OK’, Nothing To Write Home About.

by Anura Guruge


It, despite what Volvo claims, DOES NOT come with Navigation. Volvo LIES. I am kind of surprised.


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So, we picked up the Volvo XC60, we are ‘leasing’ via the ‘Volvo Care‘ program from ‘Lovering Volvo’ in Concord (NH) this afternoon.

The paperwork process was painless. Basically just had to pay them $701 by credit card. I can manage that. ‘Lovering Volvo’ tries to be helpful.

I am not, at present, that thrilled or impressed with the XC60. It goes. It is BORING as hell. Frigid. (SMILE)

That it does NOT come with Navigation irks I. The salesman & two folks at Volvo told me to just use Google Maps. Well, Google Maps does NOT (for crying out bloody loud) display on the dashboard. It would appear that these folks have never got in and driven a bloody XC60. Never mind. C’est la vie. I have better things to worry about than a boring, bloody car. SMILE.

It goes. Acceleration isn’t bad. Radio — which I think is the basic — is flaccid. I have to crank it up to max. to hear it. Well, I am old, but not totally deaf yet. The radios in my other cars seem to have enough oomph.

Well, that is just my first impressions.

Oh. It doesn’t come with a bloody compass either. Do you get the impression I am not too amused or impressed. SMILE. C’est la vie.


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by Anura Guruge

I Ordered A Volvo XC60 Through Their New, All-Inclusive Subscription Program, ‘Care By Volvo’.

by Anura Guruge


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This very well could become the new way of car ownership for the likes of I.

I was going to LEASE a car in the first place; originally a ‘Genesis G70‘ before I worked out that with ‘Rowen‘, who will grow to be at least 130lbs, I am going to need something with a large backend.

Leasing works out for me. I have leased cars going back 30-years. That I have nothing to show for all my payments after 3-years really does not bother I. Why? Because I understand what I am getting into. Yes, of course, I can afford to buy a car outright or finance it. But, with financing I have to put ‘more’ money down. Well, as some of you have worked out, I am an investment addict — especially when it comes to stock option trading. Basically, in my case, I can make enough to pay for a lease by keeping the money invested. Hence, the attraction. Anybody seriously into investing, & especially option trading, will understand.

The mileage allowance USUALLY works out, BUT if I have to pay for extra mileage, so be it in that it would be no different to I renting a car from Enterprise for a trip. Given that my car can sit idle, unused, for 10-days, if not more, at a time has to help. I definitely don’t drive everyday. Haven’t for over two decades. I do my 8- to 9-miles of WALKING EVERY DAY, but other than that don’t go out much. SMILE. So, it should work out.

So, I was looking at leasing & had already started the numbers for a traditional 3-year, 1,000-miles/month lease & was talking, regularly, to the very congenial, courteous & ultra-competent General Manager at ‘Lovering Volvo Cars‘ in Concord (NH). Then, today’s Social Media Targeted Advertising kicked-in. I got a ‘Care by Volvo’ ad. on my Facebook Timeline. I read it & was intrigued.

I loved the convenience. I pay for convenience.

The 4-month opt-out option was compelling. I haven’t owned a Volvo in 20-years. I haven’t owned a new car in a LONG TIME. I drive old Jags — one of which does NOT even have cup holders. I have not owned a car with GPS maps, cameras, Bluetooth, blind-spot detection etc. Yes, of course, I have rented plenty. But, that is NOT the same as owning one. So, this will give me a chance to see what I like, what works for I & what others rave about.

Lovering was happy for me to order online as long as I specified them as the dealer. That is what ‘we’ did this evening — ‘we’ in that Teischan double-checked the order to make sure I hadn’t screwed up. It is going to be our car; car for Rowen, her & I. SMILE. Things I do for dogs. Yes, it will be their second car.

Well, I will keep you posted.


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2021 Spring Equinox In New Hampshire: Saturday, March 20 at 05:37 am (Eastern); 09:37 Greenwich.

by Anura Guruge


Happy Spring Equinox 2021.

[It is also called the Vernal Equinox
— that being the Latin for ‘Spring’.]


I also share with you “Spring“.
In this case the ‘2021 Spring Festival Gala’ from China.

Please enjoy.


Sunrise/Sunset for New Hampshire as of the
2021 Spring Equinox.

Notice that it is NOT EXACTLY 12 hours of sunlight on the Equinox.
That is mainly because we are so good at measuring time.
It has to do with the so called precession of the Earth’s axis.
Our rotation WOBBLES like a spinning top.

From, of course (where else), ‘timeanddate.com‘.

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Use link below for original.

Click here for the ‘timeanddate.com’ original.


Yes, we are USED to the Spring Equinox being on March 20 (or 21).

Click to ENLARGE. Also from ‘timeanddate.com’.


It being on March 19 last year was EARLY.


As is my custom let me also please share some
catching ‘Allegories of Spring’
— Allegories of Spring a tradition
going back to at least the Renaissance.


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by Anura Guruge

2020 Autumnal (Fall) Equinox In New Hampshire Will Be On Tuesday, September 22, 9:30am (Eastern).

by Anura Guruge


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Sunrise & Sunset Times for Concord, New Hampshire around the September Equinox.
(From Time-and-Date).

Note that daylight is NOT exactly 12 hours!
If anything we get closer to 12 hours 3 days later.
There is a reason for that. It is our latitude above the equator.
If we were closer to the equator it would have been closer to 12 hours.
See this explanation in Time-and-Date.


My equinox diagram.

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Another ‘Time-and-Date‘ diagram annotated by I.


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by Anura Guruge

The Picture Of The Day (Google Pixel 4) + 6 Also-Rans — September 8, 2020.

by Anura Guruge


NO post-processing whatsoever.

Taken with my Google Pixel 4 Phone.

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The also rans:







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Flowers From Today’s Walk — July 3, 2020.

by Anura Guruge


Taken with my Google Pixel 4 Phone.

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A few good ones. Wasn’t one of my better days. Wasn’t a nice day. Drizzled right through my 100-minute walk. That also meant that the light was far from optimum — & I rely, a LOT, on natural sunlight. But, still, flowers are flowers. SMILE. Enjoy.


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Flowers From Concord, N.H., Albeit Mainly From ‘Home Depot’ — July 2, 2020.

by Anura Guruge


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Well, I did promise you, yesterday, a chance of scenery. And here it is. Concord. I did walk, but didn’t see many flowers. Luckily I had to go to ‘Home Depot‘. I knew I would be in luck. Bingo. Enjoy. SMILE.


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The Flowering Trees Of Concord, New Hampshire — May 19, 2020.

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All at the ‘Foundry Business Center‘ in NE Concord.

Thought you would enjoy them. SMILE.


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COVID-19 NH: Hardly Any Outdoor Dining In State Capital, Concord (N.H.)

by Anura Guruge


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It was 11:30am, on a Sunny (but a tad mild (@60F)), Tuesday — 2nd day that New Hampshire restaurants were open for outdoor dining.

But, it was ALL empty or NOT set up.

We just saw two folks, a mother & daughter — & I drove up/down North & South Main St. as well as Loudon Road.

‘Red Arrow’ diner had picnic tables outside but was only doing takeout — and they were NOT busy.

I was sure (that my friend) Alex Ray’sCommon Man” would not only be all set-up, BUT BUSY. I was wrong. It was empty. Not set-up for outdoor dining. That makes no sense. They have a huge car park ideal for it.

So …

So?

What gives?

Just time?

This week, from what I see, will be kind in terms of weather. No heavy rain. Doesn’t look good.

Stopped by “Dominick’s“, in Chichester, on the way back. Another joint with a HUGE car park. EMPTY with a sign on the door that said “CLOSED”.

I was amused by her (and yes, it is a ‘her’) message on the sign.

Does SHE realize the coded message that was in THE SONG?

Help from my friends‘. HHHmmmm. SMILE.

I am sure. That would definitely help. SMILE.


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by Anura Guruge