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Maggie Hassan For New Hampshire — A Fund Raiser.

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by Anura Guruge


Related Posts:
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Pictures with Governor Hassan.
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Award ceremony at the State House.
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“Internet Hour” suggestion.


hassasnfornhThis was said to have been the first fund raiser for the Governor as ‘Maggie Hassan for New Hampshire‘. I don’t want to divulge too much and as such will only say that it was held in the ‘Lakes’ and was attended by about 90 people. It was a very convivial and congenial with oodles of optimism and gunho. It was very uplifting. We were glad to have been invited. We are very fond of the Governor and was glad to help. Yes, she can count on our support.

The Governor looked a million dollars and I am hoping that she will raise many a million for her worthy campaign.


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Still Can’t Find What Bush Actually Told ‘The Jews For Jesus’ Folks — But Found This Good Background Video.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Bush perfidious …
>> Nov. 15, 2013.
>> The Bush papabile
>>  explanation for this
>>Nov. 13, 2013.
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Given his uncanny propensity to say the ‘right’ thing at the wrong time I am dying to find out exactly what he did say Friday night at the fundraiser. From what I can see he has finally found a cause that he can truly support and talk about without getting too much of the facts wrong. This to me really was a match made in heaven. That alone must say something.


Click to access what is a rather good YouTube video.

Click to access what is a rather good YouTube video.


Will Bush Try To Be Pontifical And Say ‘Perfidious’ Tonight Or Will He Basically Stick With Benedict XVI’s 2008 Revision?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related posts:
>> The Bush papabile explanation for this
>>Nov. 13, 2013.
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Click for ‘Mother Jones’ coverage …


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In case YOU are too YOUNG to remember ‘perfidious’ here is a good explanation …


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The history of the ‘Good Friday Prayer for Jews’ from Wikipedia. Quite good. Read if you are not familiar with this ol’ religious chestnut. Click …


As I pointed out earlier today, this organization ‘The Bush‘ is schooming with tonight is not doing anything that popes haven’t been trying to do for 1,900 years.

If ‘The Bush’ is actually going to touch this thorny, obviously emotive (and controversial) issue, he will be well served IF he sticks, strictly, to the Benedict XVI (#266) 2008 version of the  ‘Good Friday Prayer for Jews‘  — as shown directly above. Though even that is not universally liked it is considerably more flaccid than the original Tridentine version used for centuries. It was Good Pope John XXIII (#262) that had it removed in 1959. Then by mistake it was said during the Mass of 1963. The pope stopped the priest who was reciting the prayer, in mid-stream, in front of thousands, at St. Peter’s, and told him to redo it without THAT word.

So, what will ‘The Bush’ do? I hope he follows John XXIII’s words …

Though I was familiar with all of this for a number of years, I am revelling in it all over again since I am 44% through a new book on the deeds of John XXIII — my 10th book this year.

Josh Spaulding, The Baysider, Sets Up Fund For ‘2014 Winter Olympics’ In Sochi, Russia.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


Prior post:
Lets Get Josh Spaulding, The Baysider,
To The ’2014 Winter Olympics’ In Sochi, Russia.
Nov. 2, 2012.


Josh Spaulding, self portrait.

Good news. I had an e-mail from Josh this morning.

He has set up an account for this effort at TD Bank.

It is called the:
Joshua Spaulding – 2014 Olympic Fund.

You can go to any TDBank and make a deposit specifying that account name, viz. ‘Joshua Spaulding – 2014 Olympic Fund’.

Or you can mail it to:
TDBank

36 Center St.
Wolfeboro Falls 03896

Attn: Joshua Spaulding – 2014 Olympic Fund.


Josh’s publisher, Salmon Press, has also agreed to MATCH all donations (up to $5,000).

That is great.

Not sure we will need $10,000, but more the merrier for Josh.



Lets Get Josh Spaulding, The Baysider, To The ‘2014 Winter Olympics’ In Sochi, Russia.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


Click image above to see it in its FULL GLORY.
The background is the official Sochi, 2014 banner (modified).


Click to ENLARGE it so it can be easily read.
Or if you want to read it in the Baysier per se click here to access the November 1, 2012 Baysider as a PDF.


Josh’s column above, as it appeared in yesterday’s Baysider tells it all.
All I am trying to do is make sure that Josh gets the necessary funds to make this happen.
I have already pledged a minimum of $10 (being the last of the big spenders, that I am).
Another 299 $10 pledges should be sufficient.


If you live around the Lakes Region you really should know Joshua Spaulding.

Josh, in addition to being the intrepid, indefatigable editor of ‘The Baysider’, the local weekly for Alton, Barnstead and New Durham, does double-duty as the Sports Editor for the Baysider and 6 (yes, 6) OTHER local newspapers! He covers 35 to 50 high school sports teams, ranging from skiing to football, as well as all of the local 5Ks, turkey-trots and even the NASCAR! Josh writes 7,000 to 9,000 published words a week — and that is quite a feat. Furthermore, Josh has been doing this Herculean (most likely unprecedented) ‘editor x editor x reporter‘ ‘beat’ for 10+ years WITHOUT EVER taking a week off.

How do we know that for sure? A few weeks ago, Josh, one of the most self-effacing, modest and humble people that I know (next to me, of course), let it be known, through his always extremely readable (and invariably entertaining) column that he had written 500 published columns — WITHOUT nary a single break. That is beyond impressive.

Josh, over the years, has chronicled the sporting exploits of thousands of kids — some that have gone onto find greatness. Josh has touched the lives of tens of thousands. He is one of the most obliging and helpful folks that I know. He is always trying help, make the lives of others pleasanter.

It is no secret that Josh is married to his job. His job and covering the local sports scene (and watching ‘Survivor’ among other other shows on TV (now augmented, quite recently, by a DVR)) is his LIFE. He gives us so much. I think that with his travel schedule, which makes me tired just reading about given that it covers around 8,000 sq. miles in total, he works around 70 – 80 hours a week.

Going to Sochi will be such a great thing for Josh. It will also be a great honor for us. Just think of Josh’s columns from Russia. We will learn stuff from Josh’s coverage that we will never hear from any other journalist. Josh will tell us how Survivor comes across in Serbian. Who knows. Josh might even meet a nice Russian athlete over there.

I haven’t spoken to Josh about my campaign as yet — other than pledge my (minimum of) $10.

I am sure that sponsorship opportunities abound. Yes, Josh would go to Sochi dressed like a NASCAR driver emblazoned with logos head to foot. I will also see if he will set up a bank account so that funds can be sent to it directly. Maybe he might set up a FaceBook ‘donate’ page.

But, we need to make sure that we raise a minimum of $3,000 to get Josh to Sochi.

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


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


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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.

Meredith, NH: Halloween ‘Trick or Eat’ Event, Sunday October 28, 2012 To Benefit Got Lunch!


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


We saw this in the ‘Laconia Daily Sun’ and decided to sign-up.
Not sure what it is all about. But it involves food & music!

But, it includes Giuseppe’s Pizzeria & Ristorante (our favorite restaurant in the Lakes Region), Phu Jee Chinese Cuisine (which is noted for its authentic Chinese), Mame’s (that is invariably good) and Georges Diner (with its generous portions). I used to live in Meredith and am quite familiar with the surroundings and characters. So this could be fun.

Hoping that Lisa DeMartino, who is running for NH State Rep., Belknap County, District 2 (Gilford & Meredith), might be able to join us. We are scheduled for the 2pm tour. See you there.

There is supposed to be music from Happy Tunes Band, Julie Velie and New Horizons — all of which are new to me. No Paul Warnick and Phil ‘n The Blanks. Shame.

Call 603-279-6121, the Meredith Chamber of Commerce, for more details.

Click to access October 13, 2012, ‘Laconia Daily Sun’ article.

Click to access this write up at the ‘Meredith Chamber of Commerce’.