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Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) Sure Looks The Part Of A Fine, Future U.S. President — Reminds Me Of Someone, Not Sure Whom.

by Anura Guruge


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Watch this. From yesterday’s impeachment hearings.
QUITE THE SPEECH.



I saw him twice this week on TV, on successive days, during the Donald Trump impeachment hearings. In both instances I was RIVETED by his presence, compsore, looks, bearing and oration.

He speaks like a statesman, shades of Lincoln. He also has the look, bearing and composure of someone else. Want to guess.

Wow. I was impressed. I was blown away. He is 49, but looks younger.

He should be running for president NOW. For 2020. But, he obviously thinks otherwise and I will bow to his judgement.

He BETTER run in 2024 — unless, of course, we have a Democratic incumbent (though I think that, alas, is unlikely).

He is a lawyer and most of the decent U.S. presidents have been lawyers. So, that is another plus.

I am sure I am NOT the first to have realized his presidential potential, but let me now go on record that I think, wholeheartedly, that he will make one heck of a president. A president that will restore the honor and glory of the U.S. Presidency.


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“Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves”, New Hampshire — Quite The Attraction, Quite The Adventure.

by Anura Guruge


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Wow. Wow. Wow. What a great place. Quite the adventure. Has to be New Hampshire’s most underrated tourist attraction (and that coming from a ‘Lifetime Member’ “Granite State Ambassador“). I, of course, must have seen signs to it given that it is “off Loon” — and we go to Loon (i.e., Lincoln) at least once a year (four times so far this year). It never registered as something real fun to do. I actually found it while checking out, online, the “Flume Gorge” — as a potential place to take Teischan (last Tuesday) while Deanna and Devanee went ‘back to school‘ shopping. The word that caught my interest was ‘CAVES’. Teischan just loves the “Polar Caves” — for nothing else but the caves. Since this was for Teischan I decided I will give “Lost River” a spin. And am I glad I did so.

Very impressed. Loved it. Has it all. Scenery, waterfalls, caves (with running water inside), bridges, hummingbirds, foliage, real oil lamps (and it is lovely to smell the oil inside the caves) flowers …

Reminded me of Acadia. Reminded Teischan of Yosemite (and to be fair it has quite a few similarities to the adjoining “Kings Canyon National Park” that we did visit during our trip to Yosemite in April). Very sylvan.

Different to “Polar Caves“. The main difference being that “Polar Caves”, in the main”, is a cliffside adventure while “Lost River” is all inside an immersive gorge — with the sight and sound of rushing water never far away. The caves are very different too. “Lost River” caves are deeper, HARDER TO NAVIGATE and has some lovely water features inside them. Teischan loved them — especially the fairly large waterfall.

You DEFINITELY have to crawl on your hands and KNEES, belly to the ground! My pants were filthy. Makes “Polar Caves” feel like a walk in a very open park. I couldn’t get past the ‘Go-NO Go’ Lemon Squeezer Gauge — though I didn’t try too hard to make it (given that at nearly 63 years of age I know my limitations). After that I gave the last 3 caves a miss. I had done enough crawling for the day.

Teischan loved it. Claims it is her new favorite.

This does NOT mean that you should not bother with “Polar Caves”. BUT, if due to time or budget you can ONLY do one then it should be “Lost River”. SMILE.



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Obama, Ahead Of RNC Convention, In Lt. Col. Kettles’ Award Ceremony, Shows Trump What ‘Presidential’ MEANS.

by Anura Guruge


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This was a COMMAND PERFORMANCE of what it means to be ‘Presidential‘.

President Obama, as ever, was eloquent, empathetic, ‘even-keeled’, humorous and engaging. Wow. He has been in exceptional form the last couple of weeks …

I didn’t get to watch all of this brilliantly orchestrated “Medal of Honor” ceremony since I was out running. But what I saw was piquant. So refreshing after all the never ending turmoil of late.

Such a contrast with Trump. There is NEVER, EVER even a hint of anger and contempt. It reminded me why 9 years ago I started actively campaigning for Barack Hussein Obama II.

We, the WORLD, is going to miss these masterful orations. In my opinion he is up there with JFK and Lincoln!

The medal recipient, Lt. Colonel Charles Kettles is also QUITE the man. A genuine hero. It was a good distraction from the Convention and Baton Rouge


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“Clark’s Trading Post”, New Hampshire — Cheer & Charm Persists.

by Anura Guruge


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I have been a huge and unequivocal fan of “Clark’s Trading Post“, Lincoln (i.e., ‘Loon‘), N.H. from the very first time I visited 15 or 16 years ago. I like everything about Clark’s. The bear shows are heartwarming in that the Clarks treat the bears like we treat our dogs. They, as they do like to point out, are their family pets. And you can tell. The bears are so at home with the two (Murray and Maureen (these days)) Clarks. So while I cringe and close my eyes when “Ringling Brothers” insist on putting on Big Cat acts I have no qualms, whatsoever, about the bear acts. You can tell that the bears are pampered and loved and doing the show is part of their lives. So no issues with the bear show. On Tuesday, July 12th, when Teischan and I visited, we (as is not unusual), watched both bear shows.

The train ride is always fun. Yes, I know the routine and the spiel by heart (and knew the now retired Wolfman). But it is still fun and it is nice to see the reaction of kids.

The new 300′ feet Anaconda water ride (up a 40′ platform) is sure fast (20 to 40 seconds max., top to bottom) but does give you pause since part of it is in PITCH darkness. It was fun though I am not sure I will do it again.

I did the Segway ride the first year it was open. We did it twice each on Tuesday since the lines were short. Though short, i.e., 3 minutes, it is enjoyable.

The Chinese Acrobatic and Contortionist Troupe, though different to the Chinese father and daughters act from a few years ago, is compelling though we have seen lot along these lines.

The water blaster boats do get you soaked — which was good since it was broiling hot.

In my opinion what is there NOT to like about Clark’s? Yes, it is very compact BUT they pack a lot in. But this is true of all the New Hampshire attractions of this genre, Befitting the State’s smallness they also all tend to be small. That said I will maintain that Clark’s is my favorite amusement-related attraction in New Hampshire — ahead of Storyland, Santa’s Village & Polar Caves.

Tuesday’s visit, and Teischan and I were there from 10:45 am to 5:15pm, was a success. I got to talk with Murray Clark, in depth, twice — once about his dad’s 1908 Ford Model T which he was restored and the other time about his kids. That was a bonus. I used to always chat with his dad. He was neat. He was missed.

I always recommend Clark’s unstintingly. Wonderful place for kids.


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‘6 images for the day’ — March 3, 2016 + 6 Bonus From “Gypsy Cafe”.

by Anura Guruge


All the pictures taken with my
Panasonic Lumix LX100.

See this post for resolution details for the LX100.
NO post-processing whatsoever.
Straight JPEGs from the camera.

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Check this post for about “Gypsy Cafe”,
Lincoln, New Hampshire.

These, like the above, were also taken 
with my new Lumix LX100.

Series started Feb. 27.







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‘6 images for the day’ — March 2, 2016 + 6 Bonus From “Gypsy Cafe”.

by Anura Guruge


All the pictures taken with my
Panasonic Lumix LX100.

See this post for resolution details for the LX100.
NO post-processing whatsoever.
Straight JPEGs from the camera.

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Check this post for about “Gypsy Cafe”,
Lincoln, New Hampshire.

These, like the above, were also taken 
with my new Lumix LX100.

Series started Feb. 27.







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Knight’s Pond, Alton, N.H. Revisited — Still Scenic But Tranquility Literally Shot To Smithereens.

by Anura Guruge


Knight’s Pond, a Conservation Area
in Alton, New Hampshire,
is off Rte 28, going towards Wolfeboro.
on Rines Road. See this post for directions.

All the pictures taken with my
Panasonic Lumix LX100.

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We had discovered Knight’s Pond in 2011. The two Goldens loved it. Being able to swim in the pond while we walked alongside on the path. It is a nice isolated location, rarely (if ever) crowded, and the trail is far from taxing — the sections with elevation, far apart, and easy to negotiate.

Deanna wanted to go for a hike on Sunday (February 28, 2016) given that the weather was going to be exceptional — at least in the high 40s Fahrenheit. She suggested Mount Major but I pointed out that it might be too tricky given that there would still be a lot of ice around. So I countered with Knight’s given that any slipperiness was not going to be a major issue. Yes, dogs through the ice was a potential problem and sure enough we did have to rescue Braxton — though it wasn’t serious since it was at the shoreline (as opposed to the middle of the pond).

There were in total four other ‘groups’ there and that is nothing given the vast size of the place. We basically had the place to ourselves which is what I had expected. There were some long patches of slush and ice but it wasn’t hard to negotiate. It is very scenic with interesting trees, rocks, fungi and vegetation.

In our previous visits (as is not that unusual for New Hampshire) we have savored the solitude and tranquility.

Not so on Sunday. There is (inexplicably) a shooting range next door and they were going full bore with automatic fire. You felt like you were in a war zone. That is a crying shame. Yes, it detracted but it is not a major blow for us. We live in the woods and we are surrounded by the ‘sound of silence’ and birds most of the time. Just feel bad for those coming to Knight’s on a weekend hoping for some peace and quiet. These two YouTube videos, which I shot for the SOUND (and not for the scenery), will let you see what the noise is like. Get the word out. Don’t let folks go there on a WEEKEND and feel that they wasted their time. Shame. 


Click images to access short YouTube video clips.
Turn up the VOLUME.

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‘6 images for the day’ — February 28, 2016 + 6 Bonus From “Gypsy Cafe”.

by Anura Guruge


All the pictures taken with my
Panasonic Lumix LX100.

See this post for resolution details for the LX100.
NO post-processing whatsoever.
Straight JPEGs from the camera.

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Check this post for about “Gypsy Cafe”,
Lincoln, New Hampshire.

Series started yesterday.

These, like the above, were also taken 
with my new Lumix LX100.







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“Gypsy Cafe”, Lincoln (Loon), N.H. — A Culinary & Visual Paradise Extraordinaire.

by Anura Guruge



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to access their nicely done Website.


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The artwork, decor and artifacts were so
appealing and compelling that I took 120 pictures
(with my Panasonic Lumix LX100).

Too many to display.
So I made a YouTube photo montage.

Definitely worth watching. Trust me on this (too).

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From now on forget going to Lincoln, New Hampshire (‘Loon‘ as many of us think of it (because of the mountain)) for its skiing, fall foliage, the ‘Highland Games‘, the ice castle, the train or just the ambience — though all of these are extremely good reasons for going there. Henceforth just think of going to Lincoln just so that you can have an extraordinary meal at the “Gypsy Café“.

WOW! WOW! WOW!

What a place. Total sensory overload. Never ending treat for the eyes with unusual, but captivating art and food to die for. WOW!

I am easy to please when it comes to food and most art appeals to me. But I do know when I am in the presence of GREATNESS and am blessed with being able to appreciate it. And that was truly the case when we stumbled upon the “Gypsy Café” on Thursday after our day of (very fine) skiing at Loon. It was sheer serendipity.

When we left Loon around 3:30pm I was looking for a place to a hot lunch and glass of red wine. I wanted to go to the Lincoln Inn (one of my favorites) while Deanna and the kids wanted to go to the “Common Man” (since we had such a blast there in September when we went there with “The Brigadoons“). Drove to the “Common” since it was right there. Kitchen closed till 4pm. I wasn’t in the mood to hang around for 20 minutes — not even for Alex Ray. So I crawled along Main Street seeing what else was around. That is how we found it. Deanna had heard of it. I liked the name, the sign and the colors. As soon as we walked in we knew that we were going to have a blast. And we did.

It was the type of art and colors that we like. In some ways it reminded us of home! We too have a lot of suns, moons, elephants and color.

Deanna took one look at the menu and told me what I will be having. She was right. And it was OUTSTANDING. I am a sucker for lamb. Spicy lamb with two fried eggs on top. WOW! WOW! WOW! It was beyond delicious.

Sure it is NOT for everyone. IF you are strictly an Irish meat and potatoes person you might not like it. We, though Teischan was not as thrilled, liked everything we had. These 4 dishes — I can’t recommend any higher.


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The young lady who served us, with aplomb, had a degree in Sociology & Anthropology! High class joint to boot. I lucked out. I got to meet the two delightful owners, mother & son. Claire & Dan Duris. Dan is the chief chef and one of the resident artists — specializing in the ceramics and tiles.

What a place. We are going back.

Highest possible recommendation.



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‘6 images for the day’ — February 27, 2016 + 6 Bonus From “Gypsy Cafe”.

by Anura Guruge


All the pictures taken with my
Panasonic Lumix LX100.

See this post for resolution details for the LX100.
NO post-processing whatsoever.
Straight JPEGs from the camera.

Click pictures to ENLARGE.

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Check this post for about “Gypsy Cafe”,
Lincoln, New Hampshire.

These, like the above, were also taken 
with my new Lumix LX100.







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