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Today’s INSIGHT: ‘Benchmark’ Is NOT A Mark On A Bench, It Comes From Surveying.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE & read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benchmark_(surveying)

The post shown at the top, on Facebook this morning, was what got me thinking. I had seen the marks & knew them to be surveying marks. DID NOT know that they were the ‘benchmarks‘. Wow.

Did you know? That is why I am sharing. Neat.


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Today’s INSIGHT: Did You Know That ‘Belvedere’ Means A Building With A View?

by Anura Guruge


A belvedere. The ‘Liberty Hall’ in Machiasport, Maine (Bold Coast). See sign below, which is on the right of the stairs.




Then there was “Mr. Belvedere” the U.S. TV sitcom that I was familiar with. So, I had assumed that it was a Surname.


The Belvedere I was familiar with. Yes, at the Vatican. I had assumed (wrongly) that it was named after a cardinal who paid to have it built! Click to ENLARGE & read here. Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cortile_del_Belvedere



This imposing building is in Machiasport, Maine, on Route 92 — across the road from the river (opening). I had parked the car, just south of ‘Fort O’Brien State Historic Site‘ & was exploring the area, starting with the Fort, on foot. I stop & read signs. So, I saw the sign shown at top. I had never seen ‘Belvedere’ used as such. It was obvious it was referring to the building. So, that evening when I was back at the motel (in Machias) I Googled it. WOW.

Yes, I knew ‘Belle’ was beautiful. ‘Verde’. I had seen Spanish variants in Arizona. I had never put it together. It was interesting. I wanted to share with you.

What do you think? Cool … eh?


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Today’s INSIGHT: Did You Know That ‘Stew’ Was The Name For A Brothel (A Whorehouse)?

by Anura Guruge


I had no idea. I was confused the first time I heard it used in that context. Appears that in 12th Century England it WAS the word for a whorehouse. Routinely used.

I learnt this via the latest Amazon Audible book I am listening, viz. “A Mortal Bane”. See below. Kind of neat. I can see how this word could evolve over time.


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Today’s INSIGHT: Ever Wondered What The Name ‘Canada’ Means?

by Anura Guruge


As some of you know names intrigue me & I spend a fair amount of time thinking about the origins & meanings of names. I wish I had more time to pursue this fobile. Ideally, I would look up each & every name I come across. I still need to find what ‘Craig‘ stands for & where it came from. That is just one of thousands.

The other day ‘Canada‘ popped into my mind. Had no idea. Did YOU? Had to look it up.

Check the Wikipedia entry. They even have two alternate, humorous, suggestions.


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What Am I Thinking: How Many People Who Visit ‘Maine’ WONDER Where The Name Comes From?

by Anura Guruge


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Yes, I started THINKING about it on my last trip to Maine, last week.

Yes, in the past it had briefly crossed my mind & I think I kind of assumed that it had to do with ‘MAIN’ — in some form.

But, the other day I really wanted to make sure. So, I went looking.

As you can see from the image above that there are NOW 3 theories. I, however, favor #2 — the French connection.

What do YOU think?

I am GLAD I found the Wikipedia entry. Otherwise I would have wasted my time putting that list together — when I do have other things to do.


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‘Garmin’ Celebrating 30-Year Birthday Has A 30% Sale For 30-Hours (Lots Of Items Discounted).

by Anura Guruge


Click to access Garmin Website.


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Doesn’t say WHEN it was formed in 1989. In case you didn’t know how the name came to be: Gar + Min. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garmin


Click to ENLARGE. That is quite the discount. I paid $600 (something) for my Fenix 5 about 18-months ago!


Saw this last night. A lot of items, not just the featured 30, are on sales.

I noticed that the straps were on sale. $15 off! Worth looking.

Just wanted to share.

I think the sale will go on until at least Thursday, September 19, 2019.

Go check. ENJOY. Smile.


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Thinking Of Changing My Name To: Cha Cha Coconuts Guruge.

by Cha Cha Coconuts Guruge


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You have to admit it has a ring to it.

I can definitely see I introducing myself as: “Hi. My name is Cha Cha Coconuts“.

This is the crazy this. Until this morning I have never had an urge or inclination to change my name. I like my name. I have stuck with it, steadfastly, for 65.5 years. Over the years people have urged me to use an anglicized  name — “Andy”, suggested more than once. Could not even contemplate that. Seemed wrong. Betrayal of who I was. Folks said it would help my career. Well, I knew otherwise. Nothing could save my career. Then, this morning, on Facebook, I saw: “Cha Cha Coconuts“!

It was electric. Immediate connections.

Yes, I grew up around coconuts back home in Ceylon, and I am very fond of nuts.

I think the name suits me and describes me to a ‘T’.

While I am now way, way TOO OLD for a midlife crisis, this might be an end-of-life crisis. And as far as these things go, this will be CHEAP.

So, that is the deal.

I am thinking of ditching the boring ‘Anura‘ and becoming ‘Cha Cha Coconuts Guruge’.

What do YOU think?


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Today’s Mandala — By Teischan (12).

by Anura Guruge


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Everything is hand drawn.


After her 10+ day marathon on her blinking-beautiful Chinese umbrella, which she finished yesterday, she is taking it easy. So, this was small, quick, black-and-white mandala just to keep her hand in.


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THE Mandala Is Finished & The Price Has More Than Doubled!

by Anura Guruge


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Other than the circles, everything else is hand drawn.


Click to access post from just last week.


It is something to behold. It is blinking beautiful. Her most ambitious and, of course, best effort to-date — and she knows it.

So, a week ago she was going to sell it to I for $90. Today, she wanted $200. But, we had a deal. She is on the hook to sell it to I for $90.

I just need to raise the $90 in cash. That is all that she will deal in.

Enjoy.


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Palm Print Mandala — By Teischan (12).

by Anura Guruge


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Other than the circles, everything else is hand drawn.


She made this as a Christmas present. Mandalas within a mandala — with her palm prints to boot. Pretty cool.


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by Anura Guruge