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Samsung 24.5 Cu. Ft. Side-By-Side Refrigerator Stops Making Ice After 4-Months!

by Anura Guruge

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We bought this Samsung 24.5 Cu. Ft. Side-By-Side Refrigerator, Model RS25H5111BC, from Best Buy (Concord, NH), and had it delivered and installed by them. The delivery was impressive and when they noticed that one of the doors was dented the delivery guys arranged to have a new door to replace that. That happened in about 2 weeks. So we were happy with all of that.

Then about four (maybe six) weeks ago, around the end of July 2017, it suddenly stopped making ice. Deanna did all the things you are supposed to do. She read the instructions, scoured the Internet and checked YouTube. She discovered it had ice build up on the mechanical part which releases the ice cubes. She defrosted the ice maker and it was fine for awhile longer until it happened again. After that nothing — maybe 3 ice cubes in 24-hours.

Called Best Buy. They were not interested. They told Deanna to call Samsung. She did. They said they would schedule a technician to make a call. We made an appointment. No technician BUT plenty of automated calls asking how the technician did!

Called Samsung again on Friday. They said a technician would call by Tuesday. It is Wednesday now.

Just giving you a heads up.

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by Anura Guruge

FAA Drone Registration (Starting Dec. 21, 2015) Does NOT Require Make, Model or Serial Number!

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by Anura Guruge

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Click here for the FAA Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS),
i.e., Drone, registration FAQ page.

Extracts from above page.

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As soon as they started talking about this FAA drone registration program, in anger, in the media, last week I noticed that there was NEVER any mention of model, make and serial number. That seemed incongruous. So today I went checking. You can see what I found — on the first image above.

The FAA does not ask for Make, Model or Serial Number.

That is very strange. I have never encountered a product registration that did not want the product specifically identified.

So this is basically a program to TRACK drone OWNERS.

Also puzzled that they do NOT mention Permanent Residents (i.e., Green Card Holders). Permanent Residents can LEGALLY own (and register) firearms in the U.S. So it would be strange if a Permanent Resident can register a semi-automatic weapon BUT NOT a drone! Aaah!

I, always wanting to be on the safe and legal side, checked the weight of our UDI U818As (and yes, we have two). 4.2 ounces + 2.1 ounces for the battery = 6.3 ounces (178.6 gram). So we are well under the 0.55 (8.8 ounce, 250 gram) weight limit. 

Who Would Throw Away Such An Alluring Nude Drawing?

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I found this very well rendered painting, of quite the alluring model, a few weekends ago, at the incredible ‘Swap Shop’ at our Alton (NH) dump.

We always check out the ‘Swap Shop’ (quite often even dropping off stuff to swap) since you never know what ‘treasures’ you may find. I have, over the years, picked up some great books at the dump.

This pictures was inside of a sparsely used, very large, artist’s drawing pad. Most of the pages were blank, but this beauty was in there, still attached to the spiral binding. I had picked up the pad because no paper goes a waste in this house — especially with Teischan around. She is a prolific user of paper for drawing and for her many other craft-related pursuits. Having this picture inside was a bonus.

Kind of feel sad and bad about it. Would love to know WHO painted it. Would love to give it back to them? Was the person forced to get rid of the image? Pity. Was that a real model or was it painted from a picture. I am curious.

IF you know who painted it or you know the subject please contact me. I will gladly relinquish the picture.

But till then ENJOY. “A thing of beauty is a joy forever”. That was the very first English that I had to memorize, as part of my elocution lessons, when I was about 7 or 8, growing up in Ceylon in the 1960s. Given how badly I speak, which such a pronounced oriental accent, would you have realized that they spent good money, for years, making me attend weekly, sometimes bi-weekly (as in twice a week) elocution lessons. The only good thing was that all my elocution teachers were fairly good looking, young, Sinhalese ladies (if not ‘girls’).

P.S., Though I was NOT taught this in Ceylon I have later found that “A thing of beauty is a joy forever” is the first line of a poem, ‘Endymion’, published by famed John Keats, in 1818. The phrase appeared without attribution as the end note of the English text book that my then elocution teacher used. I guess she must have liked it because she asked me to memorize it. I wish I could remember what she looked like. Was she a beauty that would be a joy forever. I could not, alas, tell you.

Tall Ships Portsmouth, NH 2015 — El Galeón Andalucía, July 22 — 26.

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‘We’, and by that I mean Deanna, only heard about, on Facebook, where else, on Wednesday. She told me about it when she brought up my morning coffee. We decided to go on the spur of the moment. Glad we went. It was an experience. Kind of fun. Not as spectacular as one would hope or like. Just one ship. Not that tall and not that big and NOT under sail. But, it was a replica of a 170′ late 16th century ship — and I, about 20 years ago, built a plastic kit model of one of these, for Matthew, my son.

It wasn’t as packed as we thought it would be. Free parking, on Pierce Island, Portsmouth, was available. There was an impressive rain squall just around 4pm. We got slightly damp though we took shelter under various trees. But it cleared and the sun was out as the El Galeón Andalucía started coming in — as the pictures testify.

I would go to see it, if I were you. Not sure you need to get a ticket. You can see it plenty good just from the bridge to Pierce Island and from all public points all around. Just a thought.

Meredith, NH, Community Yard Sale This Saturday, May 18, 2013.



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We plan to go this year. We have not been to this event in Meredith in a long time. We are all avid pickers. It is difficult for us to drive by a yard or garage sale without stopping. The Alton Town Wide Yard Sale (on June 1 this year) goes on our calendar months ahead of time and we try to never miss it — even going out in the rain a couple of years ago and picking up some ‘good’ stuff. Our biggest problem is lack of space! I am an eclectic, impulsive collector with no rhyme or reason. If it catches my fancy and the price is right I buy it. Then we have to find a place to put it, and that is the problem. Of late I am into toys not that I ever lost my interest in toys. About a month ago we stopped, by habit, a Saturday yard sale not far from home. There was only one thing that caught my eye. It was this 3′ model:

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They were asking an extremely fair price — though I actually didn’t have that amount of cash on me. There was a little boy around. I asked him whether he wanted to keep it. The Mum and Dad were both adamant that they didn’t have the time to build it. I told them about all the models of ships and planes I build for my son — and how he took over. They still were not convinced. We told them to hold it till we rushed home and came back with a checkbook  When we came back, I again tried to convince them to keep it. No, they didn’t want. So, I wrote them a check. I am in the process of building it. It is a bit tricky. Helps that I have built 20 or so model ships, including the Titanic. Not sure where I am going to put it when it is finished. It really is 3′ long. No, I am not going to tell you how much I paid for it.

This model, though it was a ‘pick’, was by no means my best pick. Four years ago at the Alton Town Wide I saw this Lego kit, unopened, at a house not far from Alton Central School.

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I asked the lady how much she wanted for it. I won’t embarrass anybody by saying what she said. I was shocked. I asked her whether she realized that it was a collectible. She said that it might be but that she was not interested. She went onto say that she had bought it a ‘few’ years ago as a birthday present for one of her son’s friends but it had not worked out. She had kept it and now she wanted to sell it. I asked her twice more whether she really wanted to sell it. She was adamant. I handed over what she wanted. I did not bargain as I sometimes do. When she gave me the box I took it and ran to the car. I could not believe it. Yes, I checked it on eBay when we got home. Deanna told me to list it. I said: “Heck no. I am going to build it. Plus it would not be right.” It was great fun to build. A bit fiddly and some parts didn’t fit that well. But, what a model. So, I go to all yard sales hoping that I might find another great pick like one of these.

Of Course I Know R.M.S. Carpathia, The Setting For The Christmas Revels In Hanover, NH & Cambridge, MA.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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British, Cunard Royal Mail Ship (R.M.S.) Carpathia (named after an European mountain chain). ‘Royal Mail’ designates that it was licensed to carry mail for the British Royal Mail.

R.M.S. Carpathia, true to its designation ‘Royal‘, is the HEROIC British Cunard liner, under the command of an intrepid British captain, Capt. Arthur Henry Rostron, that rescued 710 souls after the Titanic disaster on April 15, 1912.

Carpathia which got there two hours after the sinking, after a four hour dash, saved the day and most of those in the water. The Carpathia and its crew were lauded as heroes — Capt. Rostron was knighted by the British and received the Congregational Gold Medal from the U.S. That is the Carpathia. [We will not talk about the S.S. Californian that for reasons unknown did not go to rescue.]

The Revels is set in the Carpathia in (December ) 1907. I find the choice of that day (not to mention the ship) cute. This year, 2012, is the 100th year anniversary of the Titanic disaster. So, Revels is kind of exploiting that. By saying 1907 they are getting a 5 year separation from the 1912 event. As it transpired the Germans torpedoed and sank the Carpathia in July 1918. So 1907 is cute.

It will be good. The Carpathia is a much loved ship — especially by anyone who knows anything about the Titanic.

I have to now confess that I am a vicarious Titanic buff; my son from 1995 to about 2003 (from when he was 3 to about 11) being totally and utterly obsessed by the Titanic. During those years all things Titanic ruled his life — and consequently mine. We still have SOME of the artifacts from those years of Titanic fever. There are at least two models of the Titanic in the house — one of them an Airfix model that I painted and constructed (the only model out of close to a hundred that I ever bothered to paint properly). We also have a small metal model in the dinning room. Matthew, my son, also got an amazing cross-stitch of the Titanic. That is on the wall. I just went and counted. Not counting a few books that Devanee has ‘borrowed’ for her room over the years, I have 13 books (from what I can see) on the Titanic. There might be a few more around.

Not sure exactly how Matthew, around age 3, got so involved in the Titanic. It started with a fascination of sunken wrecks and then homed in on the Titanic — most likely given all the stuff he could watch on TV, even then, about Bob Ballard and the Titanic.

In the Summer of 1995 I was doing a number of seminars in the U.K. We all went over. I took the kids to Greenwich (as in G.M.T.) because of the huge, scenic park and the boat ride on the Thames to get there. We straddled the GMT line, and the kids as I expected ran riot in the park. Then we went into the museum. Matthew wondered off. On the wall there were these huge, old oil nautical paintings — many of them involving ship wrecks, Greenwich touting its role in facilitating navigation to minimize maritime disasters. I found him intently studying a picture of a sinking ship, talking to himself. It was like an epiphany. He was into ship wrecks.

For the next 18 months, more or less non-stop, to anybody that would listen, he would talk about the ‘Dumpster House’ — or something that sounded like that. We have never got to the bottom of that. He definitely was referring to the Greenwich Maritime Museum, but called it the ‘Dumpster House’. [We can’t remember, but maybe he saw a dumpster outside the building.] The ‘Dumpster House’ was synonymous with ship wrecks. Matthew, as was my older daughter, Danielle, three years older, were water rats. We had got our first lake house and boat the year Matthew was born. To Matthew water and boats were part of his life.

So OUT Titanic odysseys began. I got him books. He watched National Geographic and Discovery. He had a denim Titanic shirt, a green T-shirt and a cap. I think we still have the cap, Devanee having appropriated it from her brother.

When the movie came out in 1997 he couldn’t go to see it. He was 5. So I got him the 2-tape set the day it became available. Now we get to an aiding image I have of my two older children. Danielle took it upon herself to make sure that Matthew, all of 5, will NOT see any of the ‘inappropriate’ ‘girlie’ parts in the movie — she was particularly concerned about the scene in the car (in the hold). She would either fast forward the tape when it got close to that section or she would cover his eyes with her hand. There were days when Matthew would watch the movie twice a day. I can still see them, Danielle with her hands clasped over Matthews eyes and the TV showing the rocking car.

So, this is why I know the Carpathia — plus in April we, Deanna and the two younger kids, watched about 6 hours worth of new, 2012 documentaries on the Titanic.