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The Picture Of The Day (Google Pixel 2) + 6 Also-Rans — April 23, 2018.

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Spring 2018 New Hampshire Anura Guruge Google Pixel 2


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2017 Fall Foliage New Hampshire From Our Deck — September 26, 2017.

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What can I say — other than I wanted to SHARE with you. You can always come around. Enjoy.


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Buying ‘Weatherables’ Deck Railing From Home Depot — The Way To Go.

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Home Depot & Weatherables work together — cooperatively.


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E-mailed quote from Weatherables.

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Quote for Weatherables generated by Home Depot.

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The Weatherable Railing I installed.


Buying 40′ of Weatherable 36″ high Birmingham/Vilano deck railing from Home Depot rather than directly from Weatherables was 12% cheaper ($166) — and I did NOT have to pay $225 shipping costs (since HD does not charge any shipping as long as you pick it up at one of their stores).

And here is where it gets even BETTER. Weatherables did NOT have a problem with me placing the order through Home Depot rather than through them. They actually e-mailed their quote to Home Depot — DIRECTLY — so that HD could generate a new quote for me! That was pretty neat. The salesman, who was very helpful, even told me that he was ‘very cool’ with it because he gets a bigger commission for orders placed through HD. That seems strange but as an ex-salesman (earning commission) I was happy for him.

So it was WIN-WIN all around. Everybody was happy.

What I found, at least in the Concord (NH) and Rochester (NH) Home Depot stores, was that you really can’t find any HD employees who can really help you, with absolute confidence, when it comes to ordering the Weatherables stuff. They try but it is soon clear that they are as much at sea as I was. They suggest that you try and order online.

That is when I called up Weatherables and asked them to put together a quote. They were happy to do so and did it on the phone. The salesman I got knew his stuff and explained everything to me. The ONLY thing he REFUSED to touch — for obvious liability issues — was what length lag screws I should use to secure the metal posts onto my deck in the 3 places where I could not drill through to attach a bottom plate because there was a tall deck leg/post underneath. That was funny. He just refused to answer that. (I ended up using 3″ & 3.5″ lag screws, two on each post.)

Once the Weatherables salesman e-mailed his quote to Home Depot — to the Rochester store (and they had the e-mail) — I heard from a HD rep. within 24-hours. It was very quick and very smooth. HD called me, twice, to keep me appraised as to when the shipment would arrive. It was pretty quick. Within days. I was happy.

Another good deal with Home Depot.

 


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My 5pm – 7pm Shift In August 2017 — Installing ‘Weatherables’ Deck Railing.

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I know many are skeptical when I say that I have been rather busy the last few weeks. Well I have.

In addition to writing another book on meditation (70% done), working on an eCommerce website, taking my daily pictures and going on trips … I have been installing ‘Weatherables‘ vinyl railing, from Home Depot, on our deck. Never done it before. It has been an adventure. The wooden railings that were there, when we bought this house, new, 10-years ago, rotted away last Summer. We had no option but to replace them.

Decided to go with vinyl ‘Weatherables’ from Home Depot — and I will do another post on all the tips & tricks as to ordering such railings from Home Depot. Home Depot is GOOD.

Pulling out the wooden posts was a task in itself, and then installing the metal posts you can get with ‘Weatherables’ given that I had supporting, deck legs to contend with. Got that done.

Then cutting the railings. The only powered saw I had was a 20-year old circular saw. I do most of my cutting by hand. But I didn’t want to risk using a circular saw on $1,000 of railing. So did some QUICK Googling and realized I needed a mitre saw. Got this 10″, 15-amp Hitachi from Amazon, with a folding table, and two ‘non-ferrous‘ blades. (Got a helmet too since the aluminum flakes fly about). Never used a mitre saw in my life. Took me a 1.5 shifts to get it all set up. Then it was a piece of cake. Wow. That saw goes through the vinyl — with aluminum insert inside — like a hot knife through butter. Takes less than a second for each cut.

Three railings, ~24′, installed. Two more to go — ~16’.

Deanna took this picture.

I will post pictures of the railings when finished.


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Christmas Revels 2012 (An Irish Celebration), Dartmouth, NH: A Stupendous Success. Bravo! Thank YOU.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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The minimalistic, but functional, inside the R.M.S. Carpathia, set used for the entire Revels.

The minimalistic, but functional, inside the R.M.S. Carpathia, set used for the entire Revels.


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To say that yesterday’s ‘An Irish Celebration‘ Christmas Revels at Dartmouth, NH, ‘warmed the cockles of my heart‘ (as the expression goes) would be a lie. It did much, much more. They ‘toasted my cockles‘! It truly was heart warming, as befits its premise of helping people overcome the shortest day of the year, i.e., the Winter Solstice, and thereby herald in the new Yule. This was an inspired multidisciplinary performance that encompassed song, dance, storytelling and narration. It made your spirits soar; made you appreciate the genius of life. I always feel privileged to attend ‘Revels’. I wish more people could attend. I am sure that the world, given what transpired in Connecticut on Friday, would be a better place if more people experienced the joy of Revels.

Yes, as a confirmed lover of the Winter Solstice I am a captive audience for the Christmas Revels. The whole theme of driving away the shortest day and looking forward to progressively longer days is one dear to me. ‘December 21‘ (or thereabouts), the Winter Solstice, the shortest day, is my favorite day of the year. To me it signifies that we have turned the corner and that Summer is on the way. I sulk on the Summer Solstice and try to explain to others that ‘June 21’ is a day of sadness. The Summer Solstice is about the coming of Winter! Starting on that day, though it is only perceived by the cognoscenti, days start getting shorter — even though at first it will only be a few seconds a day. But, nonetheless, it is the beginning of the slippery slope that takes us into the dark days of Winter. But, as the Revels testify, each year, come the Winter Solstice we reach the other side. Rejoice. Days are getting longer. Summer is on the way.

As always the cast was gifted, motivated and interactive. They really want us to have a good time, to savor the moment, contemplate life, and get the best from the holidays. That said, it is hard to ignore that among all these talented folks there are some who are exceptional, beyond exceptional. Their prowess excels. They have me, a person devoid of talent, in awe. Yes, I have done standup presentations in front of 900 people, but all I was doing was talking. These people sing, they dance, they act. They are so gifted. Bravo. Among those that really stood out, you have Danielle Cohen, Jennifer Culley Curtin, Will Thomas Rowan, Josiah Proietti and the Irish bag pipe player. [I was so glad that they got it right.] The Irish dancing was good, though much of it was done by lovely ladies who were no longer teenagers. So, though I have seen ‘River Dance‘ (in Boston) and ‘Lord of the Dance‘ (in Vegas and Portland, ME), I would rate these ladies as entertaining as any I have seen. Also kudos to the two Morris Dancers. They were outstanding. Bravo. Bravo. The Irish dancers were sporting an interesting innovation that Deanna spotted. They wore wireless microphones on their shoes (the transmitters strapped to their thighs). I have been told that this was a suggestion by Kieran Jordan, one of the dancers, and was implemented by the ever resourceful and gifted Revels creative team. Very clever. Very smart. Always a joy.

As always they had lots of kids. This year, with the tragedy in CT so close, there was special, magical meaning to seeing these kids. In one scene they all appeared, dressed in white, standing at the top railing of the ship. Wow. I didn’t count, but I guess there were between 20 and 30. Roughly the number of kids we lost in CT. Seeing these kids made you appreciate life. Why we have a duty to protect these kids.

I bought the ‘accompanying’ CD — though it was not exactly the soundtrack from this show and was done by the folks in Cambridge rather than Dartmouth.

Three songs from yesterday’s Revels really made a mark, though I was familiar with one of them — not counting ‘All Around My Hat‘. So what I did is get YouTube versions of these songs. So, these were not exactly as performed at Revels, but variants by others.


Song 12 at Revels, 'Colcannon' by Mary Black. The Revels program does mention Mary Black. Click to hear Mary Black at YouTube.

Song 12 at Revels, ‘Colcannon’ by Mary Black. The Revels program does mention Mary Black. Click to hear Mary Black at YouTube.

'An Poc Ar Buile' (The Crazy Goat) song by the Chieftains. This was song 9 and was done very well. I was very familiar with the Chieftains version. I had even heard them play it at the Albert Hall in London. Click for YouTube.

‘An Poc Ar Buile’ (The Crazy Goat) song by the Chieftains. This was song 9 and was done very well. I was very familiar with the Chieftains version. I had even heard them play it at the Albert Hall in London. Click for YouTube.

'Deck the Halls' in Gaelic, song #5 yesterday. Josiah Proietti did better than this! This is just a sampler. I have a different version on the CD I bought yesterday. Click for YouTube.

‘Deck the Halls’ in Gaelic, song #5 yesterday. Josiah Proietti did better than this! This is just a sampler. I have a different version on the CD I bought yesterday. Click for YouTube.