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Per My Garmin Fenix 5 Plus I Climb More Floors Than 99% Of ‘Other Users’ — 52 Floors A Day.

by Anura Guruge


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102 ‘floors’ climbed on some days.



I live in a 4-story house, which is on the side of 1,450′ mountain. So, it is NOT difficult for I to cover a fair chunk of elevation per day. Plus, I have ALWAYS liked to climb stairs. Whenever possible I will opt to climb stairs than take an escalator or elevator — and it doesn’t matter if I am carrying stuff.

That I am in the 99% percentile, for my age, viz., 65-69, makes me happy. And I get accused that all I do is sit in front of a PC! Well, it can’t be bad … right? If all I do is sit in front of a computer and also manage to average 52 floors climbed a day.

In our house my ‘office’, where I spent much of the day, is on the 4th floor. The family TV room, plus the utility room which has my exercise clothes, are on the bottom floor. So I, go up and down 3 flights of stairs multiple times a day. So, even on the days I do not go running I end up covering well in excess of 10 floors a day.

1,467 floors climbed in a month. Basically, 14,670′. Kind of halfway up Mount Everest.

Yes, I know that there are others that do more than this — but also those that do less.

Enjoy. Happy Holidays. If you are around, I will always be happy to climb stairs with you or hike up a mountain.


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Think – Today: Where Does The Word ‘Think’ Come From?

by Anura Guruge


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thinkthinkFunny ol’ thing! We rarely, if ever, think about ‘think’ itself. Where does this word come from?


Think first, then research, then THINK again. Think for the pleasure of thinking.


Yesterday’s ‘Think’: “Difference between a hill and a mountain” — 1,000′ appears to be the demarcation. You need to have a summit, and if the summit is above 1,000′ it is a mountain, if not, it is a hill. In the 1995 movie “The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain“, that I pointed out to you yesterday, the Welsh villagers set about raising the level of their hill above 1,000′. Cute.


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Think – Today: What Is The Difference Between A Hill And A Mountain?

by Anura Guruge


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maxresdefaultEasy question. But, have you ever thought about it. I think I run up a mountain, but is it really a hill? I didn’t know. I did remember the movie (⇒). So I knew there was a height criteria. So what is that height?


Think first, then research, then THINK again. Think for the pleasure of thinking.


Yesterday’s ‘Think’: “When we figured out that the Milky Way was a galaxy” — The official answer is 1920! So that is still less than 100 years ago. We, as humans, have known for ever that there was a ‘Milky Way’ up there, in the heavens. But, until 1920 we didn’t really know that there were other galaxies, that we could see, up there. It was discovering these other galaxies, c. 1920, that enabled us to figure out that the Milky Way was also a galaxy — one of many. This article will help.


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

by Anura Guruge



Click here
to access their nicely done Website.


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Attribution WILL be enforced.







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).

gypsycafeyt1

Click to access YouTube video.


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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by Anura Guruge


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

by Anura Guruge



Click here
to access their nicely done Website.


Click pictures to ENLARGE.

Attribution WILL be enforced.







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).

gypsycafeyt1

Click to access YouTube video.


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 I. 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.


gypsycafelamb

gypsycafeapps

Click to ENLARGE.


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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by Anura Guruge


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.

WOW.

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

Skiing At Loon Mountain, New Hampshire On February 25, 2016.

by Anura Guruge


Pictures and videos taken by Deanna
with her Olympus Stylus SZ-16.
Images reduced to 1024 x 768
for publication here.

Click pictures to ENLARGE.





24 second YouTube video.

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Thanks to their participation in the school ski program both kids are big into skiing. Every year they nag me to take them skiing. In my old age, given that I am a 62-year old born in equatorial Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), I am at best a (very) warm-weather skier. Yes, it is true that I used to be a rabid, manic skier who was even known to ski one day, at Waterville Valley, when the temperature was BELOW 0°F (and at that point it doesn’t matter whether you are talking Celsius or Fahrenheit). Plus now I have a mortal fear that I would break something important. 40 years ago I broke all my knuckles on ski poles — but I don’t care about knuckles. Breaking my leg would be inconvenient.

I had not skied the last two years. Teischan did her 1st school ski program this year and was very anxious for a ‘family ski’. So I relented — provided it was warm.

So yesterday, Thursday, February 25, 2016, in the midst of the February 1-week school vacation, we headed up to Loon. I have been skiing at Loon since 1986 — 30 years. I used to ski a LOT at Loon. Devanee likes Loon (as opposed to Gunstock) too — though this was Teischan’s first time skiing at Loon, though she is no stranger to Loon because of our annual visits to the ‘Highland Games‘. Yes, we knew the weather forecast. It was going to be warm and then RAIN late afternoon. Half a day skiing is fine with me and this was ‘OK’.

We got to Loon at 10:20 am. It was foggy (from the melting snow) and gray. I thought something MAJORLY had gone wrong. Loon was EMPTY. The main car park, between the two lodges, had, max., 40 cars! It was empty. And that was the theme for the day. EMPTY.

At noon the clouds and fog dissipated and for two hours we got to ski under bright blue skies. It was so warm I had to take my gloves off. Conditions were NOT bad. Yes, there were some slushy patches but they were easy to see and avoid. It wasn’t hard to ski. I skied mainly with the kids. I think I only did 3 runs on my own. That was OK. Skied quite a bit with Teischan. It started to rain just before 3pm. Teischan and I skied a bit in the rain (which was frozen in the main). Arond 3:15pm we gave up. But we had got a fair amount of skiing since there were NO lines, whatsoever. No lines. Amazing. I love that. Nothing nicer than skiing right upto the gate and getting on. I think there were less than 100 people skiing on the mountain all together! Wow. And it was school vacation. I gather it had been quiet the day before also.

Loon continues to impress BAR for the prices. Cost us $215 for what was 1/2 days skiing — I rented skis (HEAD (which were great) and Teischan got boots and skis. Teischan’s lift ticket was only $10 since we had a coupon from the school ski program. If not for that it would have been another $30 – $40 more. Rentals, fully automated, is a snap. Good equipment. Liked the HEAD skis. No effort required. They turn when you think about turning!

It was a GOOD day followed by an AMAZING late lunch at the INCREDIBLEGypsy Café‘ — a separate post on that coming later today (with luck).


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A Wild Mountain Gorillas In Uganda Paying An Unsolicited Visit To A Tourist Camp.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

….

..by Anura Guruge


My father sent this to me.
It is pretty compelling and heartwarming in its own way.
Definitely worth watching some of it, even if you don’t watch all 6 minutes of it — and you can skip the introduction and still work out the context.
The introduction, however, has a classic line: ‘We woke up before breakfast‘. That is good. Could be messing force feeding tourist while they are still asleep.


Click to watch 5:52 minute YouTube video.

Click to watch 5:52 minute YouTube video.