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‘$1400’ 3rd Stimulus Check DEPOSITED Today, March 23, 2021 — One Day Early.

by Anura Guruge

The IRS ‘Get My Payment’ tool. Click here to go to that page at IRS.gov.

Click image to access this post — re. 2nd check, which was paper.

It came today. Tuesday, March 23, 2021. One day EARLIER than I had been told by the IRS ‘Get My Payment‘ tool over the weekend. Prior to this last weekend I could NOT get any status. Then over the weekend, to my relief & delight, it said it would be DEPOSITED into my bank account, account number ending ‘xxxx‘, on Wednesday, March 24, 2021.


I kind of suspected that I would see it one day earlier. I was right. I got it Tuesday, rather than Wednesday.


Because I also get my monthly Social Security payment one day EARLY. Smile


I could LIE & say it is because I am special.

NO. NOPE. Nothing like that.

It is BECAUSE I bank with a small, ‘speciality’ bank that is NOT TOO greedy.

SSA send all our payments to our banks one day ahead of the Wednesday payday. Most banks, such as Bank of America, hold onto that money for a day & only make it available to you on Wednesday. Not so my bank. They show it on my account on Tuesdays. Always have ever since I started getting SSA in that account 4-years ago or so.

So, that explains that. I have talked about this before. I am amazed so many banks get away with holding the payments for a day — BUT then again SSA says ‘Wednesday’. So they are in their right.

That it was deposited to my account pleases I.

The last TWO stimulus checks (& yes I know that the plural is ‘stimuli’) were NOT deposited — but instead sent to us as paper checks. That irked I. We have been getting Social Security, deposited to our bank, for years. So, the SSA had our banking data.

Yes, it is also true that the IRS never had my banking data — till 2-weeks ago! I have to think that that was a PURE COINCIDENCE. They are unlikely to have been able to correlate that data with this payment that quickly; i.e., in less than 2-weeks.

I am sure that FINALLY the SSA & IRS collaborated & the SSA provided the IRS with banking data for us SSA recipients.

I hope you also got your ‘check’ IF you were due one & expecting one. 

I heard from many, when I did my last post, who were desperately waiting for theirs. My heart goes out to them.

I really hope that things are better this time around.


I honestly can’t help. I would, if I could.

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Reader’s Digest “The American Way Of Life” — Still Applicable?

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Click images to ENLARGE.

So, what do you think? Still relevant, still germane, still applicable?

I think over 50% of the ‘electorate’ will have no problem with it.

So, when was this first published? In March 1949 — 69-years ago.

Yes, the pictures I show is of the ‘March 1959‘ issue and that is where I found it. But, if you read the bottom of the picture it says the image was first published ‘ten years ago this month‘ … and that the image has during that time being reprinted over a billion times. Wow.

A few years ago I picked up two BIG boxes full of OLD Reader’s Digests — some from the 1950s. This was cool because I grew up in Ceylon, in the 1950s and 1960s reading Reader’s Digests that my father had shipped to him, every month. So, this was nostalgia.

The boxes had lain untouched in the attic for years. The other day I grabbed a copy, at random, to peruse. What a difference 59-years make. Today’s ‘RD’ is so superficial, insignificant and SLIM. RDs of the 1950s and 1960s had gravitas and GIRTH.

I hate to see these go a waste. So, if any of you are interested, let me know.

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Looks Highly Unlikely That The Sony a7 III To Be Announced This Weekend.

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No chatter at all, at all.

So, we have to start thinking end of March or maybe even mid-April.

My druthers insist that a new a7 announcement has to be imminent. But, I could be wrong.

Just keep YOU posted, as promised.

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MetroCast Down In Alton (NH) For 56-Hours Following Blizzard Of 2017.

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I write this as one:

  1. Who regularly SINGS the praises of the MetroCast high speed Internet service; viz., Example 1Example 2 & Example 3.

  2. Who has been a MetroCast customer for 20 years.

  3.  Who was the ‘Customer Support Manager’ for ITT Business Systems (UK) & Northern Telecom Business Systems (UK).

  4.  One who in February 2015 filed a BBB Complaint against MetroCast — and prevailed.

Yes, we understand that the storm was disruptive and wreaked havoc.

My gripe is the LACK of communications and the sheer disregard for customer relations & the POOR lack of redundancy in network design.

That the Call Center was down for that long is not acceptable.

That it took SO LONG before they started posting updates on Facebook was not acceptable.

That the Facebook updates, to begin with, were so sporadic was unacceptable.

That the Facebook updates did NOT reflect reality and was indeed FAKE NEWS was unacceptable. I had firsthand experience of this. I finally managed to speak to a MetroCast rep. at 11:57pm on Thursday night; March 16, 2017. As usual he was VERY NICE. I told him that the latest Facebook update was saying that the Alton node had been activated. He told me, point blank, that that was NOT THE CASE! And the Facebook update had been made at least 30 minutes earlier.

Yes, I had my service back, at full bore (i.e., 150/160Mbps), 14 minutes later! Coincidence.

Not sure how many of YOU remember. BUT we had a similar MetroCast flap in February 2015.

MetroCast was NOT UPFRONT with us on that.

I ranted and railed … and filed a BBB complaint.

I know that heads rolled!

Not sure whether a VP should be held responsible for this. But, IF I was MetroCast NH’s Customer Support Manager I would have handed in my resignation this morning.

I am glad that I have my 150Mbps back.

I was NEVER without Internet — thanks to TDS.

I have BETTER REDUNDANCY at my house than MetroCast has in their network.

I have a separate 15Mbps TDS Internet connection just in case!

I am, as of right now, going ahead and getting a load-balancing router and UPGRADING TDS … {SMILE}

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IF Sony a7 III To Be Announced Within Week — Lack Of Rumors/Chatter Seems V. Strange.

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There has been a muted expectation that
the Sony a7 III might be announced at the
March 18 – 21, 2017,
The Photography Show“, in the U.K.

was discussed in this post.

IF this is to be the case you would have thought that there would have been much more ‘chatter’ by now.

With the Fuji X-T2 and the Olympus OM-D E-M1 MkII, last year, there were tons of ‘leaks’ at this stage, i.e., a week ahead of supposed announcement.

Are we in for a disappointment?

Is Sony this good at keeping announcements under wraps?

Don’t they need to invite press to the event etc.?

Just seems strange.

Hope I am wrong and that we do see the a7 III unveiled this weekend.

Fingers crossed.

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Evolution & Timing Of The Sony Full-Frame a7 Family — Ahead Of Possible a7 III Announcement Next Week.

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The possibility of the Sony FF a7 III being announced at the
March 18 – 21, 2017, “The Photography Show“, in the U.K.
was discussed in this post.

The a7 III intrigues me.

IF it has the same sensor technology as the a6500 then it could be the best of all Worlds in the context of Sony: Full Frame, In-Body Image Stabilization (IBIS), latest sensor technology and reasonable (i.e., 24 MP) resolution. So, I am waiting to see what happens. Yes, I could tempted to get the a7 II(I) rather than the a6500. I waited this long. {SMILE}

As is my wont, in my scarce spare time I did a quick Excel to compare the a7s and to see their announcement schedule.

No, the a7S nor a7R, in either version, interests me. I could not deal with 42MP!

So here is the Excel spreadsheet.

Click to ENLARGE and study.

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Sony Full-Frame a7 III Likely To Be Announced At “The Photography Show”, U.K., March 18 – 21, 2017.

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Click to ENLARGE and read.

Pay attention to the highlighted (in red) sentence fragment.

The complete sentence reads: “We pride ourselves on being at the forefront of new technology in the photographic industry, bringing out ground-breaking innovations, such as the A7 and RX series.”

Click here to access original Webpage.


Seems like a big CLUE.

A new a7 model is due and the a7 III seems like the most obvious.

Not that far away. Just three weeks. Sony might announce just ahead of the show.

Yes, of course, I will keep you posted. 

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Sony Has No New Camera Announcements At CES 2017 In Las Vegas.

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They announced 7 cameras in 2016 — which included the Sony a6500 in October and the a6300 in February.

I guess the next ‘biggie’ will be in March 2017.

Just a heads up for the Sony fans re. CES 2017.

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‘ONE World Sports’ (on Sling/Roku) Totally Screwed Up England v. Sri Lanka 2nd Test Highlights.

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It is frigging amazing how much disservice we get on Roku/Sling when it comes to cricket.

Willow managed to ruin the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 with their inability to show the correct matches.

And now ‘One World Sports’ has caught the bug.

2nd Test Day 2 highlights were not broadcast on Saturday night — in the allocated 10pm slot!

On Sunday, in the 10pm slot allocated for Day 3 highlights, they showed Day 2! Actually they showed Day 2 highlights — TWICE, back-to-back, 9pm and 10pm!

Couldn’t even see Day 3 highlights Monday morning. Yet again they are showing Day 2 when the Program Guide says Day 3.


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Ticks Are Already Here — New Hampshire Lakes Region — Spring 2016.

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I guess with the warm winter and early Spring it was inevitable. We started finding ticks on the two dogs earlier this week. Today Deanna picked huge one off Braxton. So this is March 25, 2016. That is early. Ironically we have a coating of ice on the ground this morning.

Last year it was the first week in May! So that is a 6 week head start. Yes, we have Frontline and they will get their first treatment today. SMILE. So Heads Up!

Happy Easter.


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