Tag Archives: December 2019

Selfies My Way — The ‘Starving Buddha’ Look I Am Hoping To Attain, December 27, 2019.

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Anura Guruge selfie starving Buddha look December 2019
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Still some ways to go. Really want to lose 3 to 4 more pounds to get down to 142 pounds (10.1 stones, 64.5 kg) which I have known as an adult.

Wife and kids, INEXPLICABLY, are MAD that I have made an attempt to lose this weight. They want me FAT! I just can’t win. My life.


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The Tantalizing Lit, Overspill Dam In Pittsfield, New Hampshire.

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Blinking beautiful!

Saw it, last night, on the way to the ‘Festival Of Carols’ at the ‘First Congregational Church’ in Pittsfield — on Main St. After the concert (and dinner (at the ‘Main Street Bar & Grill, which was very good)) I walked back, despite the cold, to the dam so I could get some decent pictures. I was definitely rewarded.

Very simple, but clever, artistic and striking. Just a set of spotlights that change color.

Bravo, Pittsfield. You did good. Thank YOU.


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Selfies My Way — On The Way & At Christmas ‘Revels’ 2019, December 19.

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I was dressed up in my Christmas 2019 finery and it would have been a shame not to capture that. So, I did. Top one at home, before I left, and the other, at the ‘Sanders Theatre‘ before the show started — given that we were there well in time (and as such the bathrooms were rather empty).


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Friday the 13th, December 2019, Does NOT Count; It ONLY Counts In October.

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Only Friday the 13th that fall in October count!

Period. Full stop. 

Full moon has nothing to do with it.

The superstition has to do with the dissolution of the Knights Templar.
And that happened on Friday, October 13, 1307.

This is December, NOT October, so Friday the 13th does NOT COUNT.

Repeat, does NOT count.

On average we get a Friday the 13th every 212 days.

We had one in July 2018.

The LAST Friday the 13th in October was in 2017.

The next Friday the 13th in October will be in 2023.



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The ’13’ really has nothing to do with the supposed thirteen attendees at the ‘Last Supper’ — particularly since there is no consensus, at all (at all), that the ‘Last Supper’ took place on a Friday — that traditionally been the date of the Crucifixion, hence ‘Good Friday‘ at Easter.

The superstition about Fridays the 13th being unlucky really has its roots in Friday, October 13, 1307, when, with the blessing of the French PopeClement V, the French King, Philip IV, who was heavily in fiscal debt to the Templar’s (the original international bankers), had most of the Templars in France arrested.

It was a bad day for the Templars — and was really the first major financial crisis in world history.

Hence why people were afraid of Fridays the 13th. They didn’t want a repeat of what happened to the (far from) ‘poor’ Templars.

This fact tends to be forgotten.

Friday the 13th in October happens per a 5 to 6 year cycle with occasional 11-year gaps.

We just had one of those. So, the last 13th in October was 11-years ago, 2006. The next one is 6-years from now.

At 66 I have only lived through 9 ‘Friday the 13th in October‘.


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