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‘Chick-Fil-A’, At Albany (New York) Airport Will Deliver — Albeit Just In The Airport.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to read the story about the College kids that bought a $98 ticket to go in and get some chicken. Story from Albany, NY ‘ABC’ Station.


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I don’t think I have ever had ‘Chick-Fil-A’. So, I am NOT sure what I am missing. Yes, I have heard stories. I just looked. The nearest one to I is in Nashua, which is 90-minutes away. Hhhhm! The next time I am down South I will have to keep an eye.

I heard the story about these College kids that desperately wanted some ‘Chick-Fil-A’ chicken, on my radio, during my morning walk. That it was Albany Airport resonated. I think I have only flown into Albany Airport once (and I am sure I have never flown out of it). But, that was a pretty special flight for I. One I still remember — 52-years later. Yes, it was in 1968! 52-years ago. So, why was it so special. First airport I ever flew to on MY OWN. I was 14. Not sure exactly how it came to be. We, my adoptive parents and I, were travelling in New York state — we living in Buffalo, NY, 1967-1968. We were in NY city, by car. We were driving back to Buffalo, via Albany. Somehow my father had a ticket Albany, which he didn’t want or need. I convinced him to let me use the ticket and fly from LaGuardia to Albany — and for them to pick me up. He agreed. It was to be my Summer adventure. First flight on my own. I had been flying, frequently, all my life. But never on my own. It worked out. It was an adventure. I waited at Albany for them to arrive. So, that was the main reason this story piqued my interest. ‘My’ airport. I am sure there was no ‘Chick-Fil-A’ in 1968.

These kids should have had the gumption to first call up ‘Chick-Fil-A’ before they pooled their money to buy that $98 ticket.

‘Chick-Fil-A’ would have brought the food out for them. Now we all know. I am sure they are going to be doing a roaring business — following this publicity and now that everyone knows that they will deliver.

Only in America.


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An End Of A 24-Year Era: No More Taking Kids Trick-Or-Treating At Halloween.

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Started way back in the 1990s. That what happens when you have 4-kids spanning a 17-year age gap. The only reason I am not contending 27-years is that I think I had a 3-year gap when Matthew was around 8 and no longer needed I to take him around. Then, in 2003 Devanee came around. I have taken kids trick-or-treating in: New Ipswich, Greenville, Temple, Nashua, Gilford and Alton. I can honestly claim, that in 1992, I established trick-or-treating on Route 45 (the shortest marked highway in the U.S.) between Greenville and Temple. This was rural, with minimum 4-acre lots. Houses were far apart and at the end of long (often steep) driveways. You went from house-to-house by car. If you walked you would, at best, in 2-hours, get to 5 houses. So, nobody had done trick-or-treating on that road.

Danielle was three and Route 45 was the nearest road to us. So, I took her, in a Jeep, trick-or-treating. Nobody was expecting trick-or-treaters. It never had been done. Some were very embarrassed and distressed. There were offers of money and dollar bills put into her pail. Others rummaged around. She got a lot of apples — this being prime apple orchard country. But, universally, there was a consensus that we had to come back next year and that they would be ready. And they were. We had fun.

Up until 4pm today I was not 100% sure that I would not be going out. She could still have changed her mind. She didn’t.

I must confess I was glad we didn’t have to go out today. It was raining quite heavily — though the temperature was blamy, in the mid-60s. We would have got soaked.

So, that is that. No more trick-or-treating.

We had two kids, from the same family, turn up. That was it.

But, this year we had more Halloween decorations than ever before — including our first inflatable. I have feeling that that is going to be the new trend. No more trick-or-treating but more decorations.


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Beaujolais Nouveau, Georges Duboeuf, 2016, Will Be Available At The Concord, New Hampshire Liquor Store — November 17.

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Here is the link to the New Hampshire Liquor and Wine Outlets Website.


All the Liquor stores will NOT have it on ‘Day One’ — i.e., tomorrow, Thursday, November 17, 2016.

Even medium size stores like Wolfeboro will NOT get it till a few days later. I checked. {SMILE}

Only the BIG stores, in the BIG cities get it on THE Thursday. I know. So, if you go to Concord, Portsmouth, Manchester, Nashua, Keene etc. YOU should be fine. I am going to Concord. I can pick you up a few if you like. {SMILE}


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Indians Populating New Hampshire, Somalis Maine & Canadians To Vermont. Yikes?


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From the “marketwatch.com”.
Here is the link to the original article.

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When I moved to New Hampshire in the Fall of 1986, 30 years ago, there weren’t that many non-whites. NH, alongside Vermont, was one of the whitest states in the Union. There weren’t too many Democrats in NH either. I know. My then wife, from Massachusetts, had the New Ipswich Town Hall, in early 1987, in a tizzy when she asked to register as a Democrat. They actually asked her to come back later! There words, after 15 – 20 minutes of scurrying around: “We are sorry, but we haven’t had anybody wanting to register as a Democrat for so long, we can’t locate the ledger for the Democrats”! I kid you not. 1987. Computerization was in its early days in rural towns like New Ipswich. It was by solving a computer problem that they were having, with their property tax system, that I finally got full unreserved acceptance in that town.

10 years later, in 1997, I had lunch in Meredith, with lady who worked for a dot.com company, who told me that I was the FIRST non-white person her 6-year old daughter had met!

So this is BIG. The Indians, from what I can see, are staying at or below Concord. Mainly Nashua, Manchester and points South of that area.

Somalis to Maine. No wonder Craigslist for Maine is full of racist taunts.

And Canadians to Vermont. Jeez! What next. No wonder Bernie Sanders wants to run for President. 


I Am Finally On Facebook, For REAL, Due To The Insistence Of Itzik Nosatzki.

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I had, for YEARS, adamantly refused to maintain a Facebook account. Deanna, an avid Facebooker, maintained some pages for me because everybody tells you that you have to have a Facebook presence. Yes, in 2006 or 2007 I tried Facebook for a few months and did not like it at all, at all. I deactivated my account! about 18 months ago I re-activated it BUT had it battened-down, as much as I could, so that very few people would see it. Very occasionally I set up ‘Web presence’ for people, typically lawyers, and when doing so it helps to have an active Facebook account to get various things going. So that was the reason.

Then last Friday, September 25, 2015, Itzik, his delightful wife, Iza, and his youngest 3 kids came to visit, for dinner — they having come over from Israel, for 2 weeks. Itzik’s first visit to the U.S. in 22 years and the very first for Iza and the kids.

reenginererI have, in my “Reengineering IBM Networks” book (published 1996), referred to Itzik as my alter ego in the Holy Land. Itzik and I go back to 1992. He is in the ‘Top 5’ of PIVOTAL figures in my life! Itzik changed my life (for the better I like to think (maybe hope)). Itzik was the one who convinced me to QUIT corporate life and go off on my own as an INDEPENDENT consultant/analyst. My ‘parents’ had tried to get me to do that for years BUT it was Itzik, in the end, who made sure I did. Moreover, he managed to get me to do so the VERY WEEK my son, Matthew, was born. He, along with another GREAT man, Ed Grace, came to New Hampshire in May 1992, checked into a hotel in Nashua and told me: “Yes, we know your wife is having a baby. No problem. You do what you have to do. When you have time come and see us.” They meant it too. So the day after Matthew was born, with my wife’s permission, I had breakfast with them.

My Danielle, 1992, aged 3. Yes, she was at the White House! Click to ENLARGE. Recognize the Lady in Red.

I quit my rather cushy job with BBN, as their ‘Principal Consultant’, two weeks to the day of Matthew’s birth! My wife, after a long career at Wang, had quit work 3 years earlier when my daughter, Danielle, was born. So now with two kids I set off with no guaranteed salary, health insurance or other benefits. It worked out. Thanks to Itzik.

Itzik, the founder of the Israeli ‘GoDaddy’, Interspace.net, is one of the cleverest men I know — and I have been very fortunate to know a few. Plus, he is hugely successful and 3 of his kids are megastars! So I listen to Itzik.

So when Itzik BEAT ME up, the way that only Israelis can do (and I have been ‘beaten up’ by quite a few of them given that I have done a TON of work for Israeli companies), that I was NOT on Facebook I finally relented. So … 

On Saturday I started afresh on Facebook and signed up Itzik as my first friend. That was apropos. Itzik and I go back a long time.

I hope I have done the right thing. I am still not convinced. SMILE.


Just Noticed On Google News That I Am Quoted In Portuguese In A Brazilian Newspaper.

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I had actually found that article about my Comet ISON books in the Nashua, NH, ‘The Telegraph’, when I was perusing through Google News looking for new news stories about ISON. I had done the interview a couple of weeks ago and no longer have the time to keep track of whether or when these eventually appear as stories. I then realized I should do a Google News search on ‘Guruge’ to see what else is being said about me. I don’t do this as often as I should. I hadn’t done it in months. During the pope transition I was more diligent since I was getting quoted all over the place. I then happened to notice this snippet. Cracked me up. It was in Portuguese.

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So I clicked on it to get the article. It was published in Brazil.

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I have to say I sound good in Portuguese. What I am saying is, and this is taken from the book: The Vatican is in crisis again. But this situation is nothing close to other problems that the Church has faced in the past. The crisis will be overcome, and many more to come“.

The Nashua, NH, ‘The Telegraph’ Writes An Article On My Two Comet ISON Books.

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Ten In New Hampshire: Indian Restaurants.

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A series of personal lists to share ‘MY New Hampshire’ with any interested reader.

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Not in any particular order, though the ones that I frequent are at the top (). That said I don’t frequent Indian restaurants that often because Deanna and the girls are not that partial to spicy food. There was a time, 25 years ago, when there was only one Indian restaurant in NH, in Nashua. Things have definitely improved though I was really getting worried that I might not be able to come up with 10. Many may not know this. Indian cuisine is more popular in the U.K. than Chinese. Going for a ‘curry’ is routine and a popular after-Pub activity.


Indian Restaurants.

Taste of India, Dover. 55 Main St. Very friendly.


.1. Taste of India, Dover. 55 Main St. Very friendly.

.1. Taste of India — Dover.

.2. Shalimar — Portsmouth.

.3. India Palace — Manchester.

.4. Jewel of India — Hanover.

.5. House of India — Concord.

.6. India Pavilion — Keene. 

.7. Gourmet India — Nashua.

.8. Cafe India — Nashua.

.9. Kashmir — Salem.

10. Shalimar — N. Conway.


Shalimar, Portsmouth.

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Ten In New Hampshire: Chinese Buffet Restaurants

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The lists are in no particular order per se, other than those that have particular significance to me are likely to be closer to the top. Annotations at the bottom.


Chinese Buffet Restaurants In NH

.1. Great Buffet II — Portsmouth.

.2. Great Buffet — Manchester.

.3. Red Apple — Concord.

.4. New Hong Kong Buffet — Belmont.

.5. Imperial Buffet & Lounge — Claremont.

.6. Shang Hai Restaurant — Laconia.

.7. Sunrise Buffet — Lebanon.

.8. Grand Buffet — Nashua.

.9. Dynasty Restaurant — Rochester.

10. New Keene Buffet — Keene.



— current favorites. — we still go, but not that often.
— we used to frequent often, but not of late.
— have been there at least once.

The ‘Red Apple’ in Concord used to be our ‘go to buffet’. We used to go there at least once a month, on average. Then we just stopped. Not sure why. There was no particular reason. Now tend to go to ‘Great Buffet II’ in Portsmouth if we really hanker a buffet or happen to be in the area and need food. If we are looking for a buffet in Manchester we go to the ‘Great Buffet’ — which as far as I know, is the only bona fide game in town. Though I have not been for at least two years, I have to say that in terms of sheer quality of the food, the ‘Red Apple’ is probably head and shoulders above the others. The ‘Great Buffet II’ is more expansive but the food is at best average.

Keratoconus Doctors, Actually Keratoconus Lens Specilaists In NH. My Recommendations.

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Related post: Dr. James R. Eakin in Laconia – BEST Family Optometrist (Optician) in Central New Hampshire, Possibly the Whole State — August 8, 2012.


Given that I wrote about me having Keratoconus in the above post, I was asked today as to who the best eye doctor in NH was for Keratoconus treatment.

Good question. A lot depends on the severity of your Keratoconus. If you are at the point that you MAY have to consider a corneal graft — I really have no clue. Fortunately, from the start, I had been assured that I would never require a graft. I am thankful, BUT I feel for those that will need one. That is why I am donating my whole body, not just my corneas, to science. As it happens there is an interest in dissecting my right eye to see the exact state of Keratoconus in that eye; with some debate as to whether it is indeed Keratoconus or astigmatism gone wild.

Anyway … all I know about are doctors who treat Keratoconus with hard, gas permeable lenses. I think we call them Keratoconus lens specialist.

I have never gone to him, but Richard Branner, O.D., of Hanover, NH, tel: 603-643-2140, gets mentioned a lot.

I can also tell you where NOT to go. There are NO Keratoconus lens specialist in Nashua or Concord. Period. Trust me on this. Yes, there are clowns that will claim they know all about fitting Keratoconus lenses — when in reality they know jack. One idiot in Nashua nearly blinded me in the right eye! Oh yes, I reported him to the Board, but that does no good, whatsoever. They look after their own.

I currently go to Dr. David Eaton at NH Eye Associates in Manchester. I did a fair amount of Web and phone research on him before I went to see him. I like him. He is young. He is bright. He is enthusiastic and he wears glasses.

He has so far lived by the first precept of the all important Hippocratic Oath; he has not done me no harm (unlike the idiot in Nashua).

Dr. Eaton has the equipment and the will. So far he hasn’t had to do much with me. I am using a fitting from 5-6 years ago because as I said in the above post my eyes were stabilized a long time ago, with good ‘corrective’ lenses. This is a problem with Keratoconus. The shape of your cornea can keep on changing — especially if you are wearing hard lenses that don’t fit that great.

So, IF you are looking for a Keratoconus doctor start with Eaton. Grill him. I think he is OK. Start with him. They are NOT cheap. If you want a real thorough eye examination before you get new lenses … PLEASE go to Dr. Eakin in Laconia. It will be a pleasant experience. He will spend hours making sure your eyes are OK.