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Sri Lankans Now Eating Rats?

by Anura Guruge


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On my Facebook timeline — albeit with TRANSLATION enabled.


I, alas, can no longer read Sinhalese (or for that matter understand or speak it), though in my youth, 50-years ago, I was proficient enough to get a straight ‘A’, at ‘A-level’, in my Sinhalese exam.

So, whenever I see anything, all in Sinhalese, on my Facebook Timeline I have to invoke Translation.

The above is what I got.

I smell a rat.

Do you?


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Sinhala New Year (Avurudu) 2018 — Auspicious Times In The U.S.

by Anura Guruge



This is for all of you celebrating the Sinhala New Year in the U.S. and Canada. I don’t know of any, but I guess, given that we are everywhere, that there must be Sinhalese in Mexico and even further South.

Well the auspicious times are invariably given just in Sri Lanka time and that +10.5 time difference can get tricky to convert to U.S. time especially when you have to start with 2:04am. So, I did it for you — albeit just for Eastern. But, all of you know how to convert time from Eastern … plus it is easy enough.

So, here we go.

Dawn of the 2018 Sinhala New Year: Saturday, April 14th @ 2:04am (in Sri Lanka) —->> Friday, April 13th @ 4:34pm (U.S.: Eastern)

Lighting of the heart, and cooking first meal: Saturday, April 14th @ 5:41am (in Sri Lanka) —->> Friday, April 13th @ 8:11pm (U.S.: Eastern)

Commencing work, transactions & partaking in first meal: Saturday, April 14th @ 7:05am (in Sri Lanka) —->> Friday, April 13th @ 9:35pm (U.S.: Eastern)

Anointing with oil: Sunday, April 15th @ 11:04am (in Sri Lanka) —->> Sunday, April 15th @ 1:34am (U.S.: Eastern)

Departing for work: Tuesday, April 17th @ 6:28am (in Sri Lanka) —->> Monday, April 16th @ 8:58pm (U.S.: Eastern)

So, the Old Year, in the U.S., will be on Thursday, April 13th.

OK? Got that.


Happy Sinhala New Year 2017.

The 3rd New Year of the Year for I.
But you can never have too many.

Enjoy. Rejoice.


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Energy North Propane, Concord, NH — Thank You & Kudos.

by Anura Guruge




We ran out of propane Friday night while cooking dinner. That was Friday, December 29, 2017.

It took us a few minutes to work out what had happened, i.e., that we had run out of propane (rather than a malfunction of the stove or the gas line).

We only use propane for cooking — i.e., for the kitchen stove. We heat with oil and everything else is electric.

The person who had this house built in 2006 — 2007 had gone with propane — from Amerigas in Laconia. There was big ‘200’ gallon tank to begin with. But, since we only use propane for cooking we don’t use much. So much so that Amerigas got mad with us and started charging us a rental fee for the tank!

I have never liked Amerigas. They are not an easy company to like …

Eventually, in 2015 they took away the ‘200’ gallon tank, that was beginning to rust dangerously, and installed two small tanks in its place. Today, we learned that they are ’25’ gallon tanks — giving us a capacity of just under 50 gallons (48 I think).

The gas tanks do NOT have a meter! That is Amerigas for you. So, we can’t tell how full they are.

That is why we ran out.

Not the end of the world. Between the microwave, toaster oven, slow cookers, electric cookers and the outside grill we could get by. Plus we were eating out on Monday — New Year’s Day. So we were not that concerned.

We called Amerigas on Saturday. They were closed.

Called Amerigas on Tuesday. After 4 calls, spanning 2 hours, we got through. We were informed that our account had been transferred to “Energy North Propane”, in Concord. Apparently Amerigas had bought Energy North.

Called them. After a number of attempts got through.

They said a possible 5 to 10 days before they could deliver BUT that they would TRY.

And TRY they did.

They delivered today, 24-hours after we called.

We are IMPRESSED and pleased.

Amerigas would NEVER had done that.

I couldn’t believe it when the dogs started barking. I looked out. Energy North truck backing into our drive.

Thank YOU Energy North Propane.

Kudos Energy North Propane.


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Roku Adds A Hanukkah Channel Ahead Of The December 12, 2017 Start Of Chanukah (Hanukkah).

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Pretty neat. If you have a Roku (and everybody really should have one) just search channels for ‘Hanukkah‘.

It should be fun and informative — and how can you go wrong when they cover both music and cooking.

Enjoy.


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