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Treasures I Got At Yesterday’s ‘603 Estate Sale’ In Manchester (N.H.)

by Anura Guruge


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In my old age I don’t go crazy anymore. I am extremely selective — mainly because we have basically run out of room. I just look for exotic items that tickle my fancy and you should be able to see the theme here.

There was no way I was going to bypass the ‘Prayer Feather‘. Not only was blinking beautiful it was (supposedly) Native American art (though I, in all my travels, have never seen such or heard of them). As some of you know I collect Native American art and have quite a collection. SMILE.

The straw family is American folk art — and beautiful too. I found them in a box of miscellaneous and mainly ‘tat’ Christmas decorations. I was lucky to find the baby.

As for the lobster trap Christmas ornament. Remember, wife’s father was a lobsterman and it has Maine connotations.

As for the b&w picture. It is on metal. I think it is quite an old ‘tintype’ — or ferrotype. It is well worn and the metal is bent. Judging from the subject it could be close to hundred years old. I like old pictures. So ….

Then the $15 (pre-discount) leather jacket. It is a ‘Wilson Leather’ women’s jacket in XL. Fits I. SMILE. I tried it on. Had it on for a few minutes. Folks said it looked good. Looked new. New or not used often. I am a sucker for lather. Plus, the less obese I need new jackets. The old ones are way, way too big.

So, that is what I got. Delighted with all of it.

My prized buy from the last ‘603 Estate Sale’ — in Derry, in November. You should be able to see the motif.


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Another ‘603’ (As In ‘N.H.’) Estate Sale — This In Manchester.

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These ‘603 Estate Sales‘ are addictive. Lot of fun. Very nice folks that run it and you can always get a deal. We go for what I call ‘the sport’. Nothing we want. Nothing we need. Nothing that we are getting to resell for a profit. Mainly to see if there is anything — somewhat unique — that catches our eye and we can get at a deal. They, after the first few hours, will majorly discount prices and entertain offers.

We did NOT get any of the items pictured above. We got a few items and I have NOT taken any pictures of them as yet. We spent $40. I think we spent $60 at the last onein Derry.

We have been to about five or six of these — once every few months. Miss some due to other conflicts.

This one, in Manchester, was a lot of fun. Least crowded we have been to, which was good as it was also the smallest of the houses we have been. Not as frantic as other sales. That was good. Lot of good deals. But, we really didn’t want any.

The ‘cricket’ poster for $40 cracked me up. I have seen it and I am sure I have a smaller version of it, in printed form, somewhere in my extensive cricket collection. Wonder if it sold.


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Can This Serve As The Definition For ‘Cute & Cuddly’?

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In the window of a tattoo shop in Manchester, NH. They also had the mother. Here is a picture of her. She reminded I of I! Smile.

This tattoo shop, on a side street, called ‘Bulletproof Tiger’ was next door to a shuttered (but open) adult store. Didn’t realize that Manchester was so cosmopolitan.

This picture didn’t make the ‘Pictures of the Day‘ cut. But, it was too precious not to share. Enjoy.


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Facebook ‘Like’ Wall Display (Automated) — At ‘Red Arrow Diner’, Concord, NH.

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I knew what it was as soon as I saw it THOUGH I never even realized that such a thing existed.

How clever. Neato! I love it.

It was NOT hooked up. They hope to have it working ‘tomorrow’. Yes, we did a ‘Like’ to test it. Did not work. It stayed at ‘1’.

Yes, it will be automatic — i.e., no manual input required. It will register all the likes given to their Facebook page.

It was at the recently opened ‘Red Arrow Diner‘, on Loudon Road, Concord, New Hampshire.


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‘Red Arrow Diner’, Concord, NH — Should Get Better With Time.

by Anura Guruge


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We had lunch at the recently opened ‘Red Arrow Diner‘, on Loudon Road, in Concord, New Hampshire, around 1:45pm on Wednesday, august 23, 2017.

It was ‘OK’ and overall it was a pleasant experience — though my bowl of oatmeal was stone cold and I had to ask them to microwave it. To I that is a cardinal sin, serving cold oatmeal! They microwaved it in the ‘cup’ and as such it came back with much spilled on the plate below. Wasn’t a pretty sight. However, Tyler, our server (who I gather also works for ‘Red Arrow’ Corporate) was outstanding, saw the problem and rushed back with a bowl and said I could use that. Hhhmmmm!

The food was OK. Nothing to write home about. I had my ‘Red Arrow’ usual — slice of pork pie. It too was a tad cold (and PLEASE remember that it takes a LOT to get me to complain about food (given that I grew up in a poor, 3rd-world country)). Teischan, had her usual too, Whoopie Pie. It was not as moist as it should have been. C’est la vie.

My ardent hope is that these are buy growing pains — since I think the ‘diner’ has only been open for less than 6 weeks. [I could be wrong on that.]


Given that I have been a HUGE fan of the ‘Red Arrow’ in Manchester for the last 5.5 years, I am NOT going to hold today’s lunch against the new diner. Over the years the Manchester diner built-up quite a reserve of GOODWILL with I. So, I am willing to cut slack.

The new Concord diner is NOTHING like the historic & politically FAMED diner in Manchester. For one I did NOT get to sit in a booth that had once sat Obama, Hilary or Al Gore. To be fair it is more like a McDonald’s of Friendly’s rather than a cozy, intimate diner. It is very modern and airy. That is not a bad thing. Just lacks the ambience of a diner. They have, however, paid a lot of attention to details — notice the hooks by the stools at the counter. Neat.

The Concord Diner also lacks all the cool, historic pictures that stud Manchester.

We will go again.

The Concord ‘Red Arrow’ is but 2 minutes from Friendly’s on the same road. We always have great luck with Friendly’s and they always send me discount codes. So, that will be a temptation.


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Picture Of The Day (Sony a6000) — January 4, 2017.

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Taken with my Sony a6000.

Petco, Manchester,
New Hampshire.

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Picked Up My Nikon P900 From BestBuy, Concord, NH, On Sunday — Quite Easy.

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On our way to the 5pm performance of ‘Cirque du Soleil’ “OVO”, Verizon Arena, Manchester, on Sunday, we swung by BestBuy, Concord, and picked up the Nikon P900 I had ordered by phone (with the store) yesterday.

They were not busy and there were no lines at ‘Customer Service’. Took them a few minutes to find the box but it was very smooth. There is NOTHING sealed in the box! That really upsets me. But it looks all brand new. I am charging it right. Though I got 4 spare ’01’ batteries for it, I want to start off using the Nikon supplied battery and also charge the internal clock battery. I am not in a hurry. Tomorrow will do for the first shots.

Quite a hefty camera. But it fits in my hand well. Like the weight. So far so good.

I like BestBuy — especially the Concord store. I worked there for a few months, as an Epson ‘brand ambassador’ a few years ago and loved it. Great people. But only saw two people from my time there. Buying electronics from BestBuy could be an option (despite my status as an Amazon shareholder).


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“We Are One” 2016 African/Latino Cultural Festival In Manchester, New Hampshire On Saturday, August 13.

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We Now Get Electric From N.H. Resident Power.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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Prior post: A Plug For N.H. Resident Power. Yes, We Signed Up.
April 19, 2012.


Given our pay date is around the 19th of the month, today I got notification of our PSNH ‘May’ bill, payable in June. [I have been with paperless billing with PSNH for eons.] Given that Resident Power had said that it would take 2 months for their service to kick-in, it was about the right time given that I had signed up in mid-April. Sure enough page 1 of my PSNH bill, on the left-hand side denoted that I was now getting power from ‘PNE Energy Supply LLC’ — which is Resident Power. I was happy.

Yes, I am no longer getting power generated by PSNH.

I then looked at page 2 of the ‘May’ bill. Bingo. That was the rate they had promised me.

My new Kwh rate from Resident Power.


I then went and looked at last month’s bill when I was still getting electric from PSNH.

Last month’s bill when I was still getting electric from PSNH.

Yes, the rate has gone down.

Yes, I used 31 less Kwhs. About 25 of that is because last month’s was a 31-day cycle; this month 30. Not sure where the other 6 Kwh went. Maybe the heating system was still kicking in in March-April.

My bill for electric for May with PSNH would have been $63.07.

So, I saved $5.37. Will not make me rich, but it is better than a kick in the teeth. Cost me nothing. Really didn’t other than maybe 40 minutes of my time.

So, with luck, over the year I will be able to save about $65. That sounds better. That will pay for a meal (sans tax and tip) at the ‘Red Arrow Diner‘ in Manchester. That is how I am going to look at it.

1 year Resident Power = 1 free meal for 4 at the Red Arrow Diner (plus points on my VID card).


WordPress, the free platform I use for this blog, provides a built-in ‘Stats’ feature. That shows the ‘search phrases’ [i.e., what you type into Google, Yahoo, BING or any other search engine] that resulted in viewers visiting this blog. Of late the most frequent phrase is: ‘resident power scam‘. I can empathize. As I said in my prior post, I too did a search on ‘scam’ and ‘trouble’ before I signed up with Resident Power.

As far as I can see Resident Power is NOT a scam. Period. I could be wrong.

Given that I have got this far, not sure how they could scam me. Yes, they have me locked in for 12 months. So, what is the worst that can happen. By some miracle, PSNH, that just increased their rates, is going to cut their rates and I will be paying a higher rate for (11-x) months — 1 month of the 12 having already passed, so to speak. Yes, pigs may fly.

If Resident Power is a scam, it has to be very sophisticated. They never asked me for any financial details. The info they got from me is basically public domain stuff. And as an IT person with over 35 years experience I know that Resident Power can’t invade my privacy, hack into our PCs, intercept our encrypted network, listen to my brains waves or give me brain cancer over the power lines. So, no worries there.

I don’t know anybody else who uses Resident Power. I also don’t know anybody who works for them. So, I am on my own when it comes to Resident Power. If I find that I was scammed, I will, of course, let you know.

A Plug For N.H. Resident Power. Yes, We Signed Up

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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Given that I am, at best, a sporadic viewer of WMUR (Channel 9), and tend to skip over commercials, it was a longtime before one of the ‘Resident Power‘ ads finally got through to me. I had heard about them and had seen them on the Winnipesaupkee forum that I skim through last thing at night, usually around 12:20 am. But, once it was lodged in my mind I checked them out on the Web. I read the FAQs (but didn’t watch the video). It made sense to me. I could see any downside or obvious ‘gotachas’. As ever I did a few Googles using ‘scam’ and ‘trouble’ as keywords. It all seemed kosher. From all I could see, I couldn’t see how I could lose. Yes, I had to signup for a year, but there did not appear to be any fees to signup. One bill — from dear PSNH. So that would stay the same — and they direct debit me anyway. So, the only way I could lose was if by some miracle PSNH decided to lower their rates after I signed up. Well, pigs might fly too.

So, I bit the bullet and applied, online. I have to say that they have gone out of their way to make the sign up process straightforward. Yes, they needed a couple of items from my PSNH bill but had very clear instructions as to exactly where on the bill I would find the requisite information. I am not sure whether they did get back to me within the 2 weeks they promised. I think it took longer. At one point I thought that they were not going to get back. But, a few days after that I did get their ‘sign up’ e-mail saying that my fixed rate for 12 months would be $0.07695/kWh. That was a 7.5% discount on PSNH. The 7.5%, however, is not against the whole bill. The PSNH power delivery rates stay the same. The 7.5% is just off the power generation portion — which is roughly 50% of my bill. So the initial saying were about $5/month. The way I look at it is that that is still better than a kick in the teeth. [I don’t think I still have seen the discount because it takes 2 months for it to kick in, and I only got my ‘sign up’ e-mail last month.]

Yesterday, I got another e-mail from Resident Power saying PSNH, as of April 16, 2012, had increased their rates to $0.0875/kWh. My discount just jumped. So I am even happier.

I was talking to a friend a few weeks ago that I had gone with Resident Power. He lives on the Alton/Wolfeboro border and gets his power from Wolfeboro Electric (town run) as opposed to PSNH. He thought that his rate was 1/2 that of PSNH. I checked. His rate is $0.1564/kWh. That is twice what I am paying.

My sincere recommendation: check out Resident Power. What do YOU have to lose other than a few minutes of your time … and you could end up saying at least $5/month.