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I Got Lost In The Woods Today — Had To Call ‘911’ To Have Me Talked Out!

by Anura Guruge

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Elevation was an issue.
No paths/no trails & GPS was telling me to go UP!
Did NOT want to risk going too far …

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The views from the TOP before I got lost.

It has been 27-years since I lost got lost in New Hampshire. Given the amount of walking/hiking I do, I consider that not a bad record.

Kind of crazy. Had a premonition all morning that I was going to get LOST! Maybe I set out to get lost.

Patchy snow cover. So, I couldn’t always follow my tracks.

The map on my Garmin Fenix 6 Pro is too small and NO bloody good with my eyesight. Yes, my fault.

I had GPS and Google MAPS on my phone (Google Pixel 4) and it showed me where I was heading. But, the terrain was not helpful and I felt I was going the wrong way. It was slippery and heavily wooded. I did not want to hurt myself. That would be have complicated matters. So, I called ‘911’.

They were very nice and I offered to pay. They didn’t come into the woods to get me out. SMILE. They also did not have a GPS that showed them where I was at any given time.

They basically talked me out. Had the two dogs with I. I had to make Braxton bark. They would listen to his bark when we were in range. That is how we walked out — way on the other side of where I had gone in. How did I get Braxton to bark. I would have to tie him to a tree and walk away. He would bark. Not ideal, but that was the only way. I never went far, and he could see me. So, he wasn’t really scared. He saved the day. The Golden doesn’t bark if I am around! She is just happy.

So, that was quite the adventure. ‘They’ were very nice. I knew a couple of them. Need to get a better Compass APP for my phone.

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by Anura Guruge

This New ‘Linq’ People Locator — That Works Without Cell Service — Has Tremendous Potential; I Might Have To Get Some.

by Anura Guruge

Click to access their Webpage with the video etc.

Very interesting & exciting product. Real DUMB marketing. Calling it a ‘People Compass‘ is totally & bloody misleading.

It is a PEOPLE LOCATOR that works without cell connectivity, phones, APPs or FEES.

That is HUGE for I.


I am usually walking/hiking in areas without cell service. If something happens to I, I am screwed. This is a very real concern.

This this they could find me if I am not back in x-hours.

Plus, when my daughter and I go hiking we invariably lose each other and spend hours looking for each other. This will eliminate that problem.

We even get lost at Walmart.

Basically an electronic leash for folks like I that wander off.

Tad expensive BUT I think it is worth it. Great safety feature as far as I am concerned. Small enough that I can always have it on me.

I am going to check it out.

It is being shown at CES 2020 — which is how I heard about it.

Still can’t believe that they call it a ‘People Compass’. That is so STUPID. They should let me do their marketing. SMILE.

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I ACCIDENTALLY Wore TWO Rigid Contact Lenses In My Right Eye For 7-Days! Yikes!

by Anura Guruge

My right eye. Click to ENLARGE and get scared.

The 3rd lens! The other two in my eyes when picture taken.

This was SCARY and it has rattled I.

I lost my right contact lens on October 27. It was in my eye and then it went missing. Yes, I knew it could still be in my eye. I checked — multiple times, in the mirror and with my fingers pressing against my eye.

I am NO STRANGER to contact lenses. I have been wearing rigid contact lenses for 51-years! I have been wearing contact lenses for longer than my optician has been alive.

51-years is a long time. I do know how to wear and take care of contact lenses.

In those 51-years this was BUT the 2nd contact I had LOST! Of I drop them plenty. But, I always manage to find them.

So, losing this really upset I.

I had plenty of spares. Put a spare in. VERY comfortable.

7-days, NOT a single problem. No discomfort. No irritation. Could see FINE.

So, this must be the ultimate proof that I really am an insensitive jerk that feels nothing — not even two RIGID contact lenses in my right eye (and the human cornea is rich in nerve endings).

This morning I woke up and it felt like I had an eyelash in my eye.

But, I also noticed that I could read the TV banners fine with my right eye. That puzzled me.

Went to wash my eye to get the eyelash out. Could see a reflection.

Checked my contact lens case. There were two lenses in them. So, I had taken two out last night.

Yes, there was ANOTHER in there.

This scares me. A full week. I didn’t feel it.


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Getting Lost On The Appalachian Trail For A Month & Then Dying Seems Incongruous.

by Anura Guruge

From Friday, May 25, 2016 U.K. “Daily Mail“.

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This is rather a disturbing story. I can relate to it on multiple fronts. I have managed to get myself lost (once quite recently) in the dense woods of New England. So I know what it is like. Everything looks the same. Lots and lots of trees. Given how dense the ‘brush’ can be the temptation is to try and take the path of least resistance. So it is easy to end up walking in circles. So there is definitely that. Though I do hike and have done day hikes on the Appalachian Trail (mainly in West Virginia and Virginia) I am not an avid-hiker neither am I an expert survivalist. But what happened to this poor lady just does not make sense.

She wondered around for 28 days plus she had a working phone for some of that time. You would have to think she must have had a GPS APP of some sort on the phone — assuming she didn’t have a proper GPS unit. You would think she carried a basic compass. Given that she was all kitted out for camping she must have had lighters or matches. Some people are saying that she should have carried a gun. But a compass, a GPS capability and the means to light a fire.

Why didn’t she light a fire — first day. If she was worried about setting the woods on fire she could have found a rock outcrop. Says she climbed at least one of these in search of a cell signal. The smoke, coming out of dense woods, would have attracted attention.

Plus, even given the vastness of Maine, it is hard to imagine that she would not have struck some form of ‘civilisation’ if she had walked in a straight line for 28 days. That is where a compass or GPS would come in. The time that I was most badly lost, with a 40 pound 3-year old in a backpack on my back, I walked looking for powerlines that I knew were in the area. Once I found them it was just a question of walking along them till I hit a road.

They say she had come close to a logging road. Just seems so incongruous — being lost in the woods of Maine for nearly a month.

This should serve as a lesson for all those that set out to walk through the woods of New England. You will be surprised how easy you can get lost. 

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More Bad News For Carbs. Now Thought To Cause Lung Cancer!

by Anura Guruge

Click here to access the U.K. “Daily Mail” original
from March 7, 2016.

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I dramatically cut back on carbs 3 years and 2 months ago. So for the last 38 months I have had NO bread (of any type or color), no rice (whatsoever), no bagels, no muffins, no donuts, no pizza (other than a few pizza bites), no pasta, no cakes, no pies, no ice cream, no puddings, no desserts! Yes, I lost some weight.

That is NOT to say I do not ingest carbs. That would be impossible. Plus I worked out that I need some amount of carbs, if nothing else to keep my digestive tract somewhat appeased (though I can tell you (for free) that low carb diets wreak havoc on your stomach especially when you are old (as am I)). I still have my mandatory, medicinal DAILY glass of red wine. That has carbs. I eat Activia yogurt (because it is supposed to help with my stomach). That has lots of carbs. I eat one cup of oatmeal a day — again for my stomach (along with quite a bit of Metamucil). So I do ingest a fair amount of carbs and of late I am PUTTING ON WEIGHT, however hard I try. C’est la vie.

Not sure whether I believe this study. But wanted to share it with you for what it is worth.

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The Honesty Of New Englanders Tend To Be Astounding.

by Anura Guruge

axspro11I got the kids a GoPro-like action camera kit, an ‘ASX ActionPro-X‘, as a ‘family present’ for Christmas. Though it was received with excitement it stayed unused — partly because we have so many other cameras around.

Yesterday we went skiing at Loon. Devanee wanted to take the ‘GoPro’, I was fine with that provided she used it. She was going to use it with the head-strap.

Once we were there it fell on me to wear it. I did not use the waterproof case. Just snapped it onto the ‘cradle’ and screwed that onto the head-harness. We did one run with the camera. At the bottom I look it off and looked around to see if Deanna was around so that I could give her the camera to keep. Deanna was not skiing. She wasn’t around so I decided to do another run with the camera. Same routine. Got down to the bottom and went to take the camera off to give it to Deanna.

Camera was missing!

Harness still on my head but no camera or cradle. It had come unscrewed. I immediately retraced my steps. Went on the lift and skied back the trail. No signs of the ASX. I was bit bummed but was not devastated. It was an action camera. Teischan, to her credit, went on her own and checked, unsuccessfully.

About an hour later, on a whim, I asked the ski lift operator if somebody had handed in a ‘GoPro’.

To my amazement and delight she said “Yes, but it is not a GoPro”. I told her it was an ‘AXS’ (which was close enough).

WOW. I was impressed and humbled. It was a fully functional action camera. Somebody could have just pocketed it.


Second time that somebody in New Hampshire has handed in a camera that I misplaced. The last time was 15 years ago, at UNH in Durham, at a ‘Destination Imagination‘ workshop. There were around 00 people there. The camera was a Nikon DSLR worth around $500. Somebody handed it in. I was amazed BUT had believed, in the back of my mind, that somebody would hand it in. I was right.

Yes, we have lost at least 3 other digital compact cameras in the interim. But we are not sure where we lost them. Somebody could have handed in those too BUT we are not sure where to go asking.

But the ‘GoPro’ at Loon was HUMBLING.

New Englanders. 

by Anura Guruge

Malaysian Airlines MH370: They Lose Sonar Probe — They Now Have To SEARCH For That!

by Anura Guruge

22.5 Months.

688 Days.

They now manage to LOSE the vital Sonar Probe!

So now the search is on for the missing Probe and cable.

It is like a bad novel.


Click to access U.K. ‘The Guardian’ original. Google ‘MH370’ for more stories.

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West Indies Grovel, Pathetically, As Australia Shows Them That They Are THE Masters!

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7/ WI v England 2015 on Willow.  … … …

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My letter to the U.K. “The Times” asking for the West Indies to be eliminated from International cricket. Click to ENLARGE and read.

I have said IT before, let me say it again.

The West Indies should NO LONGER be allowed to play INTERNATIONAL Cricket.

The pathetic, apathetic, groveling performance in Hobart, against Australia, in the 1st Test, PROVED, conclusively, what I have maintained.

Australia, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Bangladesh, England, Zimbabwe, India, Pakistan & South Africa are NATIONS, proud ones at that, and those that play for those NATIONAL SIDES do so with PATRIOTISM & PRIDE.

There is NO NATION called the West Indies.

They are but a meaningless franchise and it shows.

There is NO PRIDE, no patriotism, NOTHING.

It is a bloody disgrace.

In 1976 the proud West Indians of that era smouldered when Tony Greig said he would make them grovel.

This bunch of pathetic pussies grovel without even been asked to.



From ESPN ‘cricinfo.com’. Click image for original.

Yes, Kraigg Brathwaite, who I have applauded in the past, did OK. But his 63.51% does NOT compare to Gordon Greenidge‘s (who my son is named after) efforts. For a start, Gordon, my hero, scored a century. Brathwaite, as if to PUNCTUATE what is wrong with the West Indies, fell short. In 1976 the West Indies WON by 425 runs. After Brathwaite the West Indies LOST by an INNINGS and 212 runs. Does not compare.


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Where Have All The Good Manners Gone?

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by Anura Guruge

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>> Basic Manners.

Why people think it is so cool to be so rude these days just amazes me.

And I know I am not the only one that feels this way, though I will grant that it is indeed folks of my vintage, i.e., old folks, that bemoan what has happened to what were basic, natural courtesies of old — in particular saying ‘Please’ and ‘Thank You’.

Saying ‘Thank You‘ and ‘Please‘ costs very little — and I am saying that there is a small cost, in terms of one’s time, Internet bandwidth, stationery and postage etc., just so as to avoid the distraction of someone claiming that there is a cost.

Recently I sent somebody, whose name I will not mention (because I try to be polite 99% of the time), five 8GB USB sticks with about 4GB of photos on each. The USB sticks were for him and 4 others. So how many people do you think THANKED ME for these sticks. Just one (and it wasn’t the one that got all five to begin with) and even that ‘thanks’ was gruff and grudging. WTF? Is it that hard to send an e-mail to say ‘Thank You’.

After considerable thought I have concluded that it is not ignorance, cussedness or forgetfulness. It is a manifestation of deep seated sexaul angst and insecurity. Saying ‘Thank you’ or ‘Please’ makes these people feel vulnerable and exposed. PLEASE prove me wrong. I will Thank YOU for it.

I already talked about, in this female who works for “Landmark Worldwide” who never said ‘Thank You’ after we found her Kindle, in Philadelphia, tracked her down and mailed it to her. How rude?

And this idiot professor from the University of York who feels that he is too special to be polite. I would NOT want him teaching my kids. 

Yes, I come from the school that believes that all adult human behavior is influenced to some extent by a person’s sexual equilibrium.

Yes, of course I am not polite all the time. There are times when I am viciously rude. But that is when I set out to be rude because I feel somebody deserves to be treated as such. Doesn’t happen often BUT if I am displeased with somebody I can be extremely rude. But 99% I do my best to be polite. I use ‘Thank you’ and ‘Please’, incessantly, even if I don’t have to. It costs little to do so and I LIKE saying ‘Thank You’ and ‘Please’!

I get quite a few requests on e-mail with people asking me for documents, Excel spreadsheets, photographs, information or contacts. IF there is no ‘Please’ in the e-mail I just ignore it. That is my first cut. You don’t say ‘Please’ … then I am not going to bother even reading the e-mail.

Thank YOU for your time.



The New Canon G5X Could Very Well Be My Next (Companion) Camera

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by Anura Guruge

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Click to access the “dpreview” for the new Canon G5X.


Click to access Canon online store page for the G5X.

I really thought long and hard about getting a Canon PowerShot G3X as an alternative to my Canon Rebel T3i (which has now become Devanee’s camera). In the end the MAIN REASON I did not get it was the lack of a built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF). Yes, I knew I could get an external add-on but that jacked the price beyond what I was willing to pay.

Then as I have amply documented here, I ended up getting a Sony a77 mk II which I had assumed — and maybe even hoped — would be my permanent camera for at least 24 months. Well that was not to be. When I lost 989 images with it, I just could not deal with it. So I ended up getting a Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 as a short-term compromise. I LIKE THE FZ1000. It can take some stunning pictures — out of the box. That appeals to me. But given that I got 100% of my money back on the Sony a77 II I kind of have $1,000 in the bank from my camera fund.

I have been toying with getting another camera to augment the Lumix FZ1000 — primarily one that I can carry around, most of the time, without having to lug the FZ1000. PLUS I have been hankering, this week after again reading reviews of Olympus OMD cameras, for a camera with a LOT of control wheels! I do not like fiddling around with menus to set parameters. I want a dedicated ‘Exposure Compensation’ wheel (like I had with the Sony). Another wheel or two I could customize, maybe for flash and focus, would really appeal. The G5X seems to offer me this capability and it has a EVF and a 1″ sensor.

Yes, I am seriously thinking about it. Might not get it this week! I still need to spend some quality time with my FZ1000. Maybe for Christmas. I will keep you posted.

Bottom line, the Canon PowerShot G5X sure is more attractive than the G3X.

Canon slashing prices of other PowerShots,
including G3X & G9X, ahead of G5 X. Click …

I get a refurbished PowerShot G1 X, from Canon, for $269.