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Current New Hampshire Driver’s Licenses, WITHOUT ‘REAL ID’, Still Good For Domestic Air Travel Till October 2020!

by Anura Guruge

There had been much talk and rumors that current New Hampshire driver’s licenses, which are NOT ‘Real ID‘ compliant, will cease to be valid for domestic air travel as of June 2016.

Then in January 2016 the NH House passed a bill that would allow NH residents to get, if they so wish, ‘Real ID’ compliant driver’s licenses.

Now, according to NH DMV you will have the option of asking for these ‘Real ID’ licenses starting as of January 1, 2017. I am delighted. I will need a new license in September 2017. So I can get a ‘Real ID’ license then.

The even better news is that I will NOT need a ‘Real ID’ license to fly, within the U.S., till 2020. That is great. So it will all work out quite nicely.

Here are two useful references, one from “Homeland Security (TSA)” and the other from “NH DMV“. Use the links here to access the originals. Click on images to ENLARGE and read here.



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by Anura Guruge

New Hampshire ‘REAL ID’ — IF You Plan To Be Flying After June 2016 Be Aware.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use link below (or at top) to access original ‘Union Leader’ article.

Click here to access original ‘Union Leader’ article.

Not sure how many of you Granite Staters are aware of this. I have, because I tend to keep an eye on such matters, known about this for at least 4 years.

It can become a REAL ISSUE if you fly from commercial airports. Basically after June 2016 our current NH licenses will CEASE to be accepted as adequate federal identification. That could be very inconvenient. I, luckily, have two other forms of ID that will work BUT I would rather not carry those around.

Yes, I will be following this closely and, yes, will keep you appraised.

by Anura Guruge

Flying Hovercrafts (From Hammacher Schlemmer) — A DEFINITE MUST For Lake Winnipesaukee.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


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Click to see H-S product page and place an order.

Click to see H-S product page and place an order.

This is SO Lake Winnipesaukee — the playground of the ultra-rich, President Mittens Romney, Wolfeboro, NH.

Of course, I would love one but my house is cheaper than this beaut. But, of course, there are plenty around who could buy one of these on their AmEx and not even notice it.

To see these puppies over Alton Bay would be something.

We could have flying hovercraft racing up and down the Bay. Might be as good as the 2013 Americas Cup — those boats just looked like they were flying. These puppies really fly.

I will try and see IF Steve Parker, of Parker Marine, will sign-up with Hammacher-Schlemmer to be a sub-distributor and get a few of these into his marina. For those who know that marina, you have to navigate under a bridge to get to the main lake per se. Not so with these. There is plenty of taxiway on ‘the river’ prior to the bridge. You can pickup speed and then FLY over the bridge. WOW.

These could rejuvenate this aging Lake. We really need new genres of toys for the rich. Some of my other suggestions for this Lake given that I know it well and know what people like …

Have YOU Been Watching The Latest (34th) “America’s Cup” Races From San Francisco? Wow. Today MIGHT Be Last Day.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


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Click to access the official "America's Cup" Website.

Click to access the official “America’s Cup” Website.

Wow. Wow. Wow.

This year’s boats don’t sail. THEY FLY. It is bloody amazing to watch. NASCAR, which I find tediously boring and would rather sit on my steps and watch the grass grow, has nothing on this. This is Formula 1 on water.

And the TV coverage technology. Mind blowing.

Plus the COMPETITION. Larry Ellison’s Oracle U.S. money & technology against Emirates-financed bravado from the cricket and rugby playing ‘All Black’ New Zealanders (though I always get confused watching the TV because the Kiwis are using a red flying machine while Oracle has a black one).

Sailing is not my thing. I was into motor boats. But, I love speed whether it be with cars, running, skiing, boats, computers, planes … The America’s Cup is all about speed and technology. Wow. Wow. Wow.

A couple of nights ago I heard an NBC commentator claim that the America’s Cup was the world’s OLDEST International sporting trophy. I was sure that he was wrong. International cricket goes back a long time. But, I went and checked. He was right. I was mistaken. ‘The Ashes’ is 20 years younger!

I was introduced the America’s Cup by Gregory W. Koss, my most loyal and lucrative client when I used to be a consultant. He hired me, more or less on a daily basis, for over a decade across multiple companies spanning: CrossComm, Andrew, Sonoma and SavaJe. Greg was and still is a passionate and very capable sailor. His lifelong ambition was to sail in the America’s Cup — ideally emulating Larry Ellison. In 2002 he might have got close but the dot,com bust kind of put paid to that. Greg still follows the Cup avidly. Greg is a member of the New York Yacht Club which as its Club House in Newport, RI. That is the symbolic home of the America’s Cup. Given that Greg is one of the most hospitable and generous Americans I have ever had the fortune of meeting he invited me to the Club. I got to see all the pictures and memorabilia. I loved it.

I keep on promising myself that I will follow the Cup. I really haven’t because time has been scarce. This year I caught the last few races. I have about 9 hours on ‘tape’ (DVR) right now.

Today could be the last day and NBC is not covering it. I am bummed. I am contacting as many folks as I can to get it put right.

There is an underlying story here too. The All Blacks, no doubt using American technology, is beating Oracle on the technology front! Kind of funny. Larry must be livid. He is being kind of humiliation. Adds to the drama.