Tag Archives: gas station

The Craziest Thing I Saw Yesterday — October 24. 2017.

by Anura Guruge


Click pictures to ENLARGE.

Attribution WILL be enforced.

Red berries in profusion New Hampshire 2017 Anura Guruge Sony a7 II


I saw this at the Alton (NH) Circle gas station around 4:10pm. I was across the road taking some pictures so the camera was already at hand.

I tried to parse that message every which way and it still does not make any sense to I.

It makes it sound like God is no more (not that that makes much difference to I).

What about the Holy Trinity? Isn’t Jesus & God one and the same thing?

And then the yellow lettering below that!

Wow. Made my day though.

Plus, how can Bill O’Reilly be blaming God if God has passed the baton onto Jesus?


Related posts:
++++ Check Category ‘humor’.


by Anura Guruge

Wolfeboro Adult Education: One Of The Better Pictures From The “Mobil Photography” Class Of September 26, 2017.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE.



It was taken with a Nikon D500 DSLR. They had to go to Concord to get that picture. It was bit of a hike and the light wasn’t optimal by the time they got there. It might have been better if they shot this Mobil station with a mobile phone. What do you think?


Related Posts:
>> Search on “Wentworth” & “Adult” for more related posts >>>>


by Anura Guruge

Wolfeboro Adult Education Offering “Mobil Photography” This Fall, “Cumberland Farms” In Spring.

by Anura Guruge


From the official Fall 2017 Schedule.

Click to ENLARGE.


The picturesque and historic Mobil gas station in Meredith will be featured.



Very creative and clever. Got to hand it to the Governor Wentworth folks. They come up with some amazing ideas. If you are going to shoot gas stations you can’t beat Mobil because of their Pegasus signs. I will try and see if I can get some pictures from this class to share with you.


Related Posts:
>> Search on “Wentworth” & “Adult” for more related posts >>>>


by Anura Guruge

Saad Hindal’s, Evocative ‘Peace & Unity’ Public Mural In Concord, N.H. — By Concord High School.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.P1040379

..
.
by
Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> Saad’s mural — Oct. 5, 2013.
>> More paintings by Saad Hindal —
>> Sep. 9, 2013.
>> I bought a painting & my favorite
>> booth, 
2013 — Aug. 4, 2013.
>> 2013 Multicultural Day: Impressions — Aug. 4, 2013.


Yesterday I finally got a chance to get down to Concord and get some pictures of this delightful public mural.

As ever I had a time crunch and the Sun was not cooperating and using the flash washed out the mural. I just could not get around the shadow from the overhang of the building. So please factor that in.


Click the pictures to ENLARGE them.

You can see Saad's autograph, and date, i.e., 21012, bottom right.

You can see Saad’s autograph, and date, i.e., 21012, bottom right.

Note the face -- our 'Old Man of the Mountain'! Very clever. Doubt whether Saad actually got to see it before it fell down.

Note the face — our ‘Old Man of the Mountain’! Very clever. Doubt whether Saad actually got to see it before it fell down.

P1060573



Saad Hindal, The Impressive Iraqi Artist (In Concord, NH): I Did Two Craigslist Postings For Him Today.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.P1040379

..
.
by
Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> YouTube video & Concord mural
>>Oct. 5, 2013.
>> More paintings by Saad Hindal —
>> Sep. 9, 2013.
>> I bought a painting & my favorite
>> booth, 
2013 — Aug. 4, 2013.
>> 2013 Multicultural Day: Impressions — Aug. 4, 2013.


saadcl1011II

Click to access CraigsList ad. This is a brilliant painting. Get it for Christmas.


saadcl1011I

Click to access CL ad.


Saad and I through one of his painted frames. Click to ENLARGE.

Saad and I through one of his painted frames. Click to ENLARGE.


Saad wanted to take this picture of me in his workshop. Click to ENLARGE.

Saad wanted to take this picture of me in his workshop. Click to ENLARGE.


Saad Hindal, The Impressive Iraqi Artist (In Concord, NH): YouTube Video & He Painted Evocative Concord Public Mural

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.P1040379

..
.
by
Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> More paintings by Saad Hindal —
>> Sep. 9, 2013.
>> I bought a painting & my favorite
>> booth, 
2013 — Aug. 4, 2013.
>> 2013 Multicultural Day: Impressions — Aug. 4, 2013.


This is all I can find. We will have to go and take some good pictures to showcase with great piece of public art that Saad did for FREE to say 'Thanks' to Concord.

This is all I can find. We will have to go and take some good pictures to showcase with great piece of public art that Saad did for FREE to say ‘Thanks’ to Concord.

We did not know till last night that Saad Hindal, who is amazingly talented and a very nice guy to boot, had painted that amazing, very evocative mural in Concord — at the gas station (now closed) right opposite Concord High School (where all of his kids attended).

If you want a mural painted by Saad for your home or business let me know. My contact is over here >>> You will not regret it. You will have a treasure on your hand.

Click to access 'Concord Insider' article.

Click to access ‘Concord Insider’ article.



Click to access must see YouTube video of Saad and his then 15 year old son Hassan's paintings. Hassan made this video.

Click to access must see YouTube video of Saad and his then 15 year old son Hassan’s paintings. Hassan made this video.

Job Loses In New Hampshire — The Mystery Solved. Hannaford & Best Buy

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

….
……
by Anura Guruge


On Saturday, at the Laconia Multicultural Day, I met a guy I had known for a long time from the Gilford Hannaford supermarket. He was the life and soul of the Deli counter. Given that I too can on occasion be a tad sociable and possibly even a bit of a clown, he and I got on like a house on fire — with rapid-fire, banter and lots of joshing around. Since we moved to Alton, in March 2007, we, of course, don’t go to the Gilford Hannaford that much, going instead to the Alton Hannaford (though we, when we can, do our BIG SHOP at ‘Market Basket’, of late in Tilton (which is much, much better than Concord) and also frequent ‘Fiddle Heads’). So, I don’t see him that often anymore.

When I saw him on Saturday I told him that I had visited his Hannaford a few weeks ago but had missed him. He replied, to my amazement, that this was not surprising in that he no longer worked there — he had been let go, laid off, in June! I really was taken aback. He really was a live wire and in my opinion a huge asset to the store because he tried so hard to make all the customers happy and cheerful. My first question to him, however, knowing his inclinations, was: ‘did they catch you messing around with any of the girls?‘. He vehemently denies that.

His explanation, to begin with, was that he had been there for 9 years, was a full-time employee with full benefits and that Hannaford replaced him with two part-timers, 20 hours each — and as such with no benefits. How many times have we heard this? And yes, we do know at least 3 people who work for Hannaford on this ’20-hour’ (with lots of overtime), no benefits scheme. I, as is my wont, grilled him further. He admitted that they found one ‘out-of-code’ product on his shelves. Given that I have never worked in a supermarket I am not sure how that ranks. But, to be fair, they can claim that they found some fault.

He also went onto claim that all of this started when the company changed hands … 5 new investors. Well, as far as I can see, there has been no changes in the ownership aspect of Hannaford — they are still owned by a Belgium conglomerate. But, I do see a trend, something that I have been talking about for the last 9 months.

To me, each time I go to Hannaford (and that is on average 3 times a week), I walk away with the distinct impression they are trying to sway the November 2012 election in Romney’s favor by making folks feel poor! They seem to jack up prices just so that people when asked that 4 year question have to answer in the negative. I don’t go to that many retail outlets, BUT Hannaford is the one that always strikes me as being extremely anti-Obama and trying to do everything they can to force him out of office. Laying off full time people would also fit in with this motive. Make people suffer. Blame poor Obama. Yes, the ‘Keeping Millions Unemployed To Put One Man Out of Work’. I could be wrong, and it is definitely not the folks at the local stores, but Hannaford strikes me (from my limited exposure) as one of the biggest culprits.



Over a year ago a friend of mine from Best Buy (who befriended me when I did a short stint at the Concord store as a weekends only Epson printer merchandiser) had a similar experience. He had been at Best Buy for over 10 years and worked his self up the ladder; that he was a computer whiz, very hard working and personable helped. When I met him he was an Assistant Manager and awfully helpful and kind to ‘guests’ like me. Shortly after I stopped doing the Epson gig he got another ‘promotion’. He was made the Inventory Manager. He had to undergo special training. He was very good at it. He always liked inventory and took great delight in seeing trucks getting unloaded.

They fired him about 9 months into the job citing an inventory violation. It had to do with 3 returned PCs and it was in Best Buys favor! He had included these three returned PCs as part of Concord’s inventory — albeit, with a note stating that they were returns! There was no hanky-panky, no funny business. No inventory had gone missing. If anything Best Buy had more inventory. But they fired him and replaced him with a young guy earning $20K less. This did not warrant a firing. Ironically he is an avowed, devout Republican (because as he claims, he as a Best Buy manager was paying so much tax).

I am willing to believe that this was another ‘get a cheaper’ worker scenario. But, poor Obama gets blamed.

Nothing I can do. I gave up trying to do my freelance professional writing a few years ago. So many unemployed writers willing to write for peanuts that it was just aggravating looking for work.

I feel bad for all of those laid off. I feel bad for those looking for work. I feel bad for all those folks making $20,000 who swear to God that they are going to vote for Romney because Obama is going to increase their taxes! I feel bad for those that don’t have health care but swear to God that they are going to vote for Romney because ‘Obamacare’ is scary and is akin to letting D.C. into bed with them! I feel bad that Hannaford is screwing all of us just to sway the election. Ditto for the Alton Circle Gas Station that raised gas prices 13 cents between Saturday evening and Sunday morning. I hope for better days to come, but I am not that hopeful. All the best. Keep your toes crossed.