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“Gilman Library” Meet The Children’s Book Authors Event — August 6, 2016.

by Anura Guruge


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Elizabeth McKinney.

Debra Beth Laurion.

DJ Gerbio.

Picture taken by Jim Fontaine of ‘PCS Web Design’ husband of Authistpreneur DJ Gerbio.


Another fun event at the Gilman Library” in Alton, New Hampshire.

It was so good to meet the other authors. As ever made me appreciate my limitations.

Many thanks to Roza Benoit, Holly Brown & Lily Yari for making this happen. Bravo.


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by Anura Guruge


I At The Alton “Gilman Library” Meet The Children’s Book Authors Event — August 6, 2016.

by Anura Guruge


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As is anything to do with our beloved Gilman Library” it was fun.

I am honored and glad that I was invited.

 

Another post soon of my fellow authors that were there.


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Alton’s “Gilman Library” Meet The Children’s Book Authors Event — Saturday, August 6, 2016.

by Anura Guruge


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The “Gilman Library“, which is always very supportive of my work, graciously invited me to participate in this event. Yes, I have created a few children’s books.

Yes, I plan to be there. I like the library and all those that work there. If you have kids maybe you can swing by. You can have my cookies.

My children’s books … All of them readily available from Amazon, worldwide.


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‘Free The Female Nipple’ in Missouri Counterproductive, Will New Hampshire Hampton Beach Backfire — Badly?

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This, as I said yesterday, is now my greatest fear as to what could happen after the planned Sunday, August 23rd, 2015, Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, Free the Female Nipple” extravaganza. IF NH starts enacting NEW female topless legislation it would be such a SHAME. Regressive.

The irony of ironies.

A “Free The Nipple” movement, making a fuss when the nipple is ALREADY FREE, causes the Nipple to be legally banned.

Then what?

The more I think about it the more I am getting perturbed and agitated.

The female nipple is New Hampshire, as it should be, is already FREE.

Free is as a bird.

Other than in Laconia, NH, there are no topless laws to STOP females from going topless.

It is NOT the nipple that is NOT free, it is the women who are reluctant to EXERCISE their FREEDOM.

The Nipple is already FREE.

There is no need for a show and tell, a song and dance, just do what you want topless.

IF the Hampton event leads to legislation I will be so bummed.

Talk about taking victory, which is already here and present, and feeding it to the jaws of defeat.

Why? Oh, WHY?

I am dreading Sunday. It could be the DARKEST DAY for female toplessness in NH.

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IF The ‘Free The Female Nipple’ New Hampshire Hampton Beach Event Backfires I Will Be Bummed!

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IF as a result of the well intended “Free the Female Nipple” movement emancipation event planned for Sunday, August 23rd, 2015, at Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, new laws are enacted to restrict toplessness in N.H. it would be a crying shame.

That is my fear now. We could see a vicious backlash. Today, other than in Laconia with its City-specific ordinance, toplessness is not against the law — as befits the “Live Free, Or Die” State.

I would be so upset if they start putting caveats or limits on the toplessness laws — specially SINCE folks never really got around to enjoying what the law provides.

Something about the Hampton event always seemed incongruous to me. It would have made huge sense if female toplessness was against the law. But an event like that when there is no law against it is asking for attention — and in this case potential trouble.

They could probably get some laws passed in Concord, in 2016, given the current makeup of the legislature. I would really like to know where Governor Maggie Hassan stands on this. I would have tried to get her support before the event.

To me, ‘we’ should have just pushed the envelope on the permitted toplessness all across the state every day. In Europe you go to a beach or a park and you are likely to see topless women — maybe even folks, of both genders, nude. No fuss. No big deal. That is what the good ladies should have done in New Hampshire. A gradual but concerted effort to introduce and integrate toplessness in the state.

Any backlash we get will be because of the SHOCK-VALUE of the event — which is what the organizers are hoping for. Ironic. C’est la vie. The die is cast.


This letter, protesting the Hampton event is interesting in that it says what I think.
We should have gone for a gradual integration.

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Jaguar Association of New England (JANE) Super Spring Slalom, June 20, 2015 in North Andover, MA.

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I am NOT a member of JANE — at least not as yet. I, however, get some e-mails from them forwarded by the “British Cars of New Hampshire” (BCNH) which we are members.

Since this event is open to non-members I thought I will SHARE it with you. It should be fun.

No, we don’t plan to be there. Over the last few days, with a BCNH monthly meeting coming up on Monday, June 1, 2015, I am confronting, for the first time, a DILEMMA! Am I that interest — and, moreover, do I really have the time — to just socialize with other British car owners! Yes, of course, being the ‘closet extrovert’ that I am, I would love it. And I would love seeing the cars. BUT whatever time I can spare I would rather be driving the MGB or XJ8 rather than chatting! Plus the meeting is in Candia. 1 hour drive, each way. It is a real dilemma. I will see what happens.

Plus I have to make time to go see some XJs!

P.S., Ignore the ‘2014’ TYPO.


Ed Philpot Re-Elected As Chairman, Belknap Country Commission. Very Nice. Very Good. ANOTHER Win For Us.


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Ed is a good guy, even if he is a lawyer (just like Andrew Hosmer). Ed really is one of those folks that will literally give you his shirt off his back. From what I recall, he doesn’t seem to charge much for his legal services — though it is possible he felt sorry for me (which is easy to do) and kind of charged me just a notch above pro bono. He is a good lawyer and as such very busy.

Click here for a picture of me talking to Ed at the Jill Biden event in Laconia.


Ed Philpot’s victory from today’s Laconia Daily Sun. Click to ENLARGE.

Meredith ‘Trick or Eat’ (Got Lunch) Sunday October 28, 2012 Was A RESOUNDING Success. Thank YOU.


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Best $10 I Have Spent In 2012, Maybe In A Longtime.

Overall a great experience. Lot of fun.
Showcased Meredith to perfection.

Thank YOU. You folks did Great. Take a Bow.

It was Goldilocks weather. Not too hot, not too cold. Just right. Perfect for a walking tour of Meredith. They could not have asked for better.

So here is one thing. Me being who I am, I inquired from multiple ‘officials’ what their plan would have been if it was bucketing down with rain. They had none! They left it to chance. That was a bit unsettling. Maybe they will have some contingency plans next year.

Deanna had called up and booked more or less as soon as we read about it in the Laconia Daily Sun. So we were on the 2pm tour. The 1st tour of the day, the 1st tour of the event, the 1st Meredith ‘Trick or Eat’ tour ever. So, they impressed upon the 30 of us, on that 1st tour, that we were on the inaugural tour. That was nice.

Something else. I did not see a laptop insight. They had all the registrations written down on a piece of paper. Typical NH. Shades of the Keene Pumpkin Festival. Exploiting some decades old technology, an old laptop with Excel 2003, is not a cardinal sin. So maybe we might see some technology next year. They also had a very compelling, one sheet color program with a very cute, hand drawn map of Meredith. I liked the map very much. But, they had NO Web presence. Yes, there was two mentions in the program as to who created that map. Yes, I went and checked them out. But, I am NOT going to give them a plug because they let the side down by not creating a Web presence, just pushing their URL. Sorry. I am a hard taskmaster. Yes, I could scan the map and show it to you, but I won’t. Sorry.

From what I heard they had 260 pre-registrations. That is great. I saw some walkins. So they probably had 300 or more.

We had 5 Meredith History stops with ladies in period costumes acting out roles. Nice costumes. Sometimes difficult to hear. Would have been nice if they had some amplification. I learnt some. I knew about 45% of it. There was just a tad too much duplication. So they should coordinate their stories next year. Plus, do MORE about Bob Montana. He is famous and the kids will love the Archie stuff.

Our tour guide, a ‘Home/Building Inspector’. She was very nice. Full of energy. A firecracker. I was remiss. Never got her name. That is the ‘New Horizon Band’. Good elevator music. That was fine.

Me as ever checking the scene, at the Chase House, prior to the tour. No idea who that goblin in the picture is. It was Halloween.

The 10 ‘Eats’ and What We Thought About The Grub:

1. Lago.
OK. Nothing special. Did NOT do themselves proud.

Their ‘Frutti Di Mare(fruits of the sea) seafood ‘gumbo’ with Shrimp, mussels, calamari, little neck clams and fish fillets in fennel-infused tomato broth (but sans the Garlic toasted ciabatta). This is one of their menu items and they charge $22. I don’t think there was any calamari in what we got. It was OK. Did not knock my socks off. I thought it was way too salty (even for a seafood dish). If I had paid $22 for a dish of this, I probably would have choked. I then remembered that I had gone off Lago 8-9 years ago. Don;t get me wrong. In general we are BIG FANS of Alex Ray’s Common Man Restaurants. But, Lago is atypical. Too pretentious; for the upscale tourist. That is fine. I haven’t gone there in 8 years. I much preferred what used to be there before the Lago. That was fun. Had a the best ‘Electric Lemonade’ in the Summer. I lived EXACTLY a mile away, by water, on Mile Point. So I know. [Yes, we know Alex.]

2. Lakeside Deli.
BRILLIANT. Bravo. Out did themselves. Wow. Wow. Wow. THANK YOU.

Turkey Gobblers! Thanksgiving on toast. Turkey, stuffing and cranberry between two slices of toast. It was irresistible. Devanee and I went back for more and then the owner came out and gave us a 3rd piece.

Right through the tour I heard people raving about the Turkey Gobblers. These are ‘new’ owners. I used to ‘frequent’ the place when I lived in Meredith. Now we will go back. This was good PR for the Deli.

3. George’s Diner.
Good, as ever, which is their calling card. Did themselves well. It is WYSIWYG dining with them. Straightforward, decent grub.

Chili and Apple crisp. Both good. Kids liked it.

4. Mame’s.
Very good. Did themselves proud. Bravo. Owner John Cook (which is a great name other than the fact that he is also a commercial pilot) did ALL of the serving and clearing up. Nice touch. Many would not know that this was the legendary John Cook. I just asked him whether he was still flying. He was. He didn’t recognize me. I am 10 years older and haven’t weathered well. Very nice guy. After our visit today, Deanna wants to go there for their Thanksgiving Brunch — as that will be our 10th anniversary of meeting! For Deanna to pick it says tons. I used to visit quite often — again when I lived in Meredith and Gilford. Looks like John has won us back.

Pumpkin Ravioli. Exquisite.

5. Sunshine and Pa’s.
OK. They had 3 options: chili, corn chowder and clam chowder. I had the latter. It was tasteless and cold! Deanna had the corn chowder and liked it. They served small flat breads. Nice folks. Not my cup of tea. Not somewhere I would go to eat. But, seems like a nice place.

6. Giuseppe’s.
Hhhhmmm. Good job we love the joint! They didn’t, in our opinion, do themselves justice. Not any of their signature dishes or pizzas. Just some easy-to-forget mediocre pizza! But, they provided much needed water. That was good. The water was good, very good.

Pizza and water, and by now the water was very WELCOME.

7. Meredith Village Pizza.
Pity that it was pizza back-to-back. This pizza was pretty awful! Enough said. If we want pizza in Meredith we would go, without hesitation, to Giuseppe’s.

8. Phu Jee Chinese.
OK. Not their best, as with Giuseppe’s. These folks, at least when I used to frequent the joint (when I lived on Mile Point, 1996 to 1999), had top notch Chinese. Today’s was passable. I had thought that they had redone the interior. What a shame. The inside continues to be claustrophobic. Somebody needs to help them.

Crab Rangoon and a piece of General Gau/Orange Chicken. Lady next to me wouldn’t eat it. Gave it to me.

9. Frog Rock Tavern.
What were they thinking? They screwed up! I heard people muttering about it for the next 5 minutes.

SPICY Rangoon — cut in half. Kids wouldn’t touch it. Was way too spicy for many. It was fine with me, but it was a ‘nothing’ experience.

10. Kara’s Cafe and Cakery.
It was OK, I think. Didn’t ‘wow’ me in the slightest. Kind of sad. The last two stops of the tour were anti-climactic. Shame.

Pumpkin whoopee pie and a small, whipped drink. I wasn’t thrilled, BUT that the kids didn’t eat theirs tells a tale.

So, that was the tour. On the whole a GREAT success. Wish we could do something like this in Alton — but we only have three and a half restaurants, and one is the McDonald’s!

Thank you organizers. Thank you the eateries. It was a good cause.

The best part of Lago, the Botticelli imitation definitely enhances the time spent in there. Thanks Alex. Nice touch, as with all your restrooms. I miss the Italian lessons at the Farmhouse.

Another nude at Giuseppe’s. Not as nice as the one above the bar. See my prior post of Giuseppe’s which does show that picture. Kids kept on asking me who it was. I have no idea. Not even sure who painted it. It could be a Hodecker. He likes nudes.

We Met With Dr. Jill Biden, The V.P. Joe’s Wife, In Laconia, NH This Evening. It Was A Rare Honor. What A GREAT Lady.

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She really was all that had been portrayed of her. What a role model for the kids. I just thanked her and her husband. Click to ENLARGE to full size.

Teischan, who is a fairly stoic soul, was obviously impressed. Most important lady she has met so far. Click to ENLARGE.


Good crowds. Maybe around 70. The little Laconia office was packed. Lots of local VIPs. That was good. The campaign send a team of young ladies ahead to setup and jazz-up the office. I am glad they did. Looked very festive, though there were a lot of us very apprehensive. This is not 2008. A couple of things that amazed me, but I will not talk about them here.


Teischan’s full-size Obama standup, on temporary loan to the office, dressed up by the office staff for the event. Not sure if Teischan was impressed. Click …

Andrew Hosmer (left), a VERY NICE gentleman, who is running for NH Senate from Laconia. Please vote for him. He will excel.

Ed Philphot Esq., my friend and sometimes lawyer, who is running for Belknap County Commissioner, posing with his son — obscuring Mrs. Biden.

Me working the crowds chatting with Ed Philpot.

Dr. Mrs. Jill Biden, The V.P.’s Wife, Is Visiting Laconia, NH This ‘Evening’. We Plan To Attend. She Is Really Neat.

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