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‘HD Seal & Stripe’ (Central NH): Outstanding — Responsive, Good Price, Good Job, Great Attitude.

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BEFORE & AFTER


They, led by ‘Hal’ work HARD & Well


‘Hal’ is responsive. He is ALWAYS checking for messages!

Hal, in the middle, checking his phone — for messages.


Absolutely AMAZING. From first contact to getting driveway sealed — 5-days!

Yes, 5-days. 5-days.

A mutual friend, ‘Heath England‘ of ‘Autofinders‘ (Laconia, NH), gave me his contact info. last Friday — i.e., July 31, 2020.

I called him right away. He asked me to text him my info. I did. He said he will come by & give me an estimate as soon as possible.

He texted me Sunday afternoon. Sunday afternoon. He was here within the hour. Sunday afternoon. Wow. I was impressed. I like folks who work hard.

His price was DECENT. Very decent. Nothing to quibble about. I was HAPPY. I accepted it on the spot.

He said he will try & get it done within 2-weeks. I pressed him. SMILE. I have been trying to get this driveway paved since mid-June.

He texted me Monday & said ‘Wednesday’. But, then we had the storm coming.

He texted again this morning, Wednesday, to say he will be around this afternoon.

He was. Well, the pictures tell the story.

They were GOOD. I was impressed.

I gave him a nice ‘tip’ PLUS went to Hannaford & bought all three of them ‘drinks’ for when they were finished. I was that happy. SMILE.


This was a great relief. I had been screwed by ‘Sunday Paving & Sealing’ in Wolfeboro! Forget Sundays. I couldn’t get any sense — let alone any work — Monday to Friday. Stark contrast from HD. I had ACCEPTED an estimate from ‘Sunday Paving & Sealing’ on June 23. They said ‘within a month’. Well on July 30 I was still waiting. They then said, ‘September’. That is when I went looking again, & luckily, thanks to Heath, came across ‘Hal’. I am so happy.


Total, unreserved RECOMMENDATION — HD Seal & Stripe.

Great folks. Great attitude.

Good work. Good price. Good work ethic.


 

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‘Atoll’ Hats Are As Impressive As Their Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Boards (iSUP).

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Wow, these Atoll hats are IMPRESSIVE! I kid you not. As good as their 11′ iSUP that I am getting very fond of.

Those who know me will attest that I typically shy away from apparel — T-shirts, hats, sweats — that endorse a company, product or service. It has to be very special to I before I will endorse anything by wearing ‘branded’ apparel.

It is going to be different with Atoll. I am going to be wearing these hats regularly over the Summer. Wait and see. I will post pictures as proof. Smile.

Definitely recommend Atoll — the board and the hats.


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Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2017 — THE Review: Bitingly Tart, Lingering & Aromatic — Another ‘Keeper’.

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Do NOT judge it on your first sip! {Smile} Give it a few sips and a few minutes.

Yes, your initial, overriding reaction is likely to be that it is TART. Yes, it is. But, tartness, from the tannin, is a hallmark of Beaujolais Nouveau. I guess it has to do with its ‘newness’.

Marked tartness has been a feature of Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau over the last 4-years. Of course I can’t tell you, exactly, whether the 2017 is more tart than what was the 2014.

In these reviews, which I have now done for a few years, totally on my own dime (without ANY help or interaction, whatsoever from Georges Duboeuf), I set out to be totally upfront. There is no reason for me to sugarcoat anything.

So, here we go.

The tartness grew on me — i.e., after a few sips I kind of liked it. It is a lingering tartness.

More aromatic than last year’s — I am sure.

Not bad at all, at all — after the first few sips.

It is, as was last year’s, a rather robust red. Very bold and in your palette. Those that like a full-bodied red will have no issues with it. Those with a more ‘delicate’ palette may find it too ‘in your face’.

Definite keeper — as has been the Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau over the last few years.

I am looking forward to my 2nd half-glass.

Once you get used to its tartness it goes down WELL.

I am happy.

Happy Beaujolais Nouveau 2017.

I will write another review after I have drunk a bottle — which will be by tomorrow. {Smile}

Cheers.


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‘FastStone Capture’ — Super-Duper Screen Snipper.

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The ‘Snipping Tool’ that came with Windows 7 was by far my most treasured and used feature of Windows 7.

I use it multiple times a day. I could NOT function without.

But, it has severe limitations. Other than snipping per se, it has very few tools. So, I invariably end up using PowerPoint in conjunction with it to get the highlighting and annotations I desire.

Then I heard about ‘FastStone’ through the DPReview forums. They were actually endorsing FastStone’s ‘Image Viewer’, a freeware image editor. It sounded quite intriguing. When I visited ‘FastStone’, a freeware developer, I saw ‘Capture 8.6‘. That appealed to me much more than the image editor — given that I do very little of that, and TONS of screen captures on a daily basis.

A few days ago I downloaded ‘Capture 8.6’ on the 3–day trial basis.

I LOVE IT.

It has everything I want. You have already seen its results over the last few days. My screen captures now have a professional look.

I will definitely buy it. There is NO QUESTION about that.

It is BRILLIANT. I LOVE IT. Did I already say that. It deserves to be said again.

If you use ‘Snipper’ try this out. It is like chalk and cheese.


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A Shaving Regimen For Ultra-Sensitive Skin: ‘Shave Secret’, Nivea, Hydrocortisone, Vitamin E Oil, Brut & Gold Bond.

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One of the supreme (and very frustrating) ironies of my life is that I have really, really soft and sensitive skin on my face, whereas the skin on the rest of my body is rougher and tougher than that of a grizzled elephant. Mosquitoes rarely bite me because they can’t penetrate my skin … The only reason I can attribute to this sensitive facial skin is that I, at the urging of who would eventually become my first mother-in-law, started using ‘Oil of Olay‘, on a daily basis since I was 18.

Well, shaving is a living hell for I.

IF I had any sense I would NOT shave BUT I don’t think I would be able to cope with a thick beard — though to be fair, I have never tried. The longest I have ever gone without shaing (even when I had a goatee in my early 20s) is probably 5-6 days!

Over the decades I have tried everything. Nothing works in terms of comfort. I suffer, I cringe, I itch, I fret.

About 7-months ago, I, serendipitously, discovered ‘Shave Secret‘ at Walmart. I have been using it ever since. It does work to an extent.

Now, however, I use it in conjunction with Nivea ‘Sensitive Skin’ shaving gel — which I had been using for a couple of years.

Of late I am making sure that I only use a disposable razor for but 3 shaves. Throw it away after that. Not worth the risk.

The latest addition, which has made a difference, is Hydrocortisone. That helps.

Then lots of Vitamin E and I use it at night as well.

And then … aftershave and my beloved ‘Gold Bond‘ (which I use liberally (and I worry that it makes me look too white)).

So that is the torture I go through — like this morning.

So PLEASE spare a thought for what I have to endure each time I have to shave — and I never go out in public without shaving.


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“Shave Secret” Shaving Oil, Much To My Amazement & Delight, REALLY Works!

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Though I have been doing it, assiduously, for 50-years, shaving is something I really, really, really detest.

Believe it or not, despite all that shaving, I still have very sensitive skin on my face. I get razor burn and my skin itches like crazy after each shave — though I use aftershave, talc and liberal amounts of vigorous face slapping (to stimulate the circulation).

Over the 50-year period I have tried anything and everything that I can lay my hands on to help me minimize the torture of shaving. Nothing has really worked.

Then a few months ago, I saw this little bottle, with the words “Shave Secret” on it, in Walmart in the razor section. It wasn’t expensive. Under $5. I bought it. What did I have to lose?

I tried it. Wow. Sure made a difference. Was noticeable. My skin was much less irritated. The itching much less.

I have now been using it for a about 2.5 months. It is the only shaving aid I use. The Nivea shaving foam containers have gone unused.

Last week I ordered two bottles from Amazon.

I now use slightly more than what they recommend, i.e., 6 – 7 drops as opposed to 5. I also massage some drops into the skin after I finish.

Not sure what is in it. Suspect that there is some Vitamin E in there.

Whatever it is … IT WORKS.

It is impressive. I think ladies will find this of interest on multiple fronts.

Not expensive either. A bottle will easily last you 6 weeks.

So give it a try. I recommend it, highly — with no reservations.


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Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2016 — THE Review: Tart & Robust, But Congenial & Easy On The Palate.

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Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2016 is ANOTHER keeper — thought that is really a misnomer since it would be incredibly hard not to drink any and all bottles of this very robust, mature wine.

Yes, it is SLIGHTLY more TART than what we had in 2015 & 2014. And by ‘tart’ I am referring to the level of ‘tannin’. But, it is definitely not unpleasant, or at least will not be for those that are accustomed to drinking ‘adult’ red wine, especially from France or Italy.

It is, as you would hope, fruity and earthy. ‘Heavy’ but in a very nice way. Slightly pungent to the nose, but that has to do with the tannin. Will definitely appeal to red wine drinkers. It is a wine that will make you ‘THINK’. Raise your eyebrows in wonder and APPRECIATION. A mature wine. An adult wine. Maybe not for those that like delicate, sweet wines. Beaujolais Nouveau is meant to have tannin, be fruity and be ‘heavy’. And the 2016 Georges Duboeuf is definitely that.

I like it. Definitely two thumbs up.

I bought 4 bottles to start with. I just finished my first ‘full’ glass as I wrote this. I will have to go and get a bit more. I like it.

We have been luck with the Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau over the last few years. They have all been GOOD.

Definitely give the 2016 a TRY, IF you like red wine. You will be glad you did.

I am very pleased with the 2016. Yes, the price has gone up again. Not sure whether that was justified. Some will claim that this is NOT a $10.99 red wine. And they may be right. But, Beaujolais Nouveau isn’t just about the wine. It is also about the OCCASION. The chance to indulge, the chance to imbibe.

My recommendation, provided that you are a red wine drinker, is for you to get at least one bottle of the Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2016. I know you will not be disappointed. This is a ‘keeper’ and my that what I mean is that it is a ‘DRINKER’. {SMILE}

Cheers. Enjoy.


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Nikon P900 — One Month Review After Taking 4,000 Pictures!

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3,989th image taken with my Nikon P900, on Thursday, September 29, 2016.


This is one heck of a camera!

I am very impressed with it. I am very fond of it.
I love using it.

Amazingly easy (and forgiving) camera to use.

Despite not having a control wheel and only one ‘Fn’ button, you can set it up for a shoot,
ONCE you have assigned ‘White Balance‘ to the ‘Fn’ just going, click, click, click, click.

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I picked up this Nikon P900, from Best Buy, on Sunday, August 28, 2016. I did not start using it until the next day. Thus, today, nominally is the ‘1 month’ anniversary (though I know that stictly speaking it is 1 month & 1 day).

The last picture I took today, September 29, in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, around 3pm, has a serial number 4,058. And over the course of the month I might have deleted 40 pictures or so. Basically not many. This camera takes ‘KEEPERS’.

4,000 in a MONTH is the most I have shot with any of my dozen or so cameras over the last 2 years.

When I shot 2,500 in the first month with my now relegated (i.e., traded-in) Fuji X-E2s, I thought that was a lot. Well I have taken 60% more pictures with the P900 — and I wasn’t trying. If I am to be frank over the last week, I have been so busy, that I didn’t have much time to use the camera.

4,000th photo taken with my Nikon P900, on Thursday, September 29, 2016.


Yes, I am fully aware (and sometimes conscious) that it is a 16MP 1/2.3″ sensor and the few prints I have had does show that — though they are not bad. But the images, as you have seen, over the last month, are just great for Web use, even when reduced to 1600×1200.

I got this camera as a ‘Grin & Giggles‘ to tide me over for 6 weeks, till I finished the “Brain Meditation” book — and while I was waiting for the likes of a Canon EOS M5.

Well, I am so happy with this camera that I am going to take my time deciding on the next camera. Plus I am writing another QUICK “Brain Meditation” book.

Plus, I will not get rid of this P900. I am going to keep it. Yes, I might end up with 3 or 4 cameras BUT the P900 is staying,

I definitely recommend it — HIGHLY.

A great, wonderful camera for an intermediate ameteur.


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Best T-Shirt Slogan I Have Seen Since “If You Can Read This …”


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The “If You Can Read THIS The BITCH Fell Off” T-shirt from the 1990s.

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I first saw this, on the back of a biker, during Laconia Bike Week, c. 1996.

I couldn’t stop laughing for two weeks.

I could never wear one since I was NOT a biker.
Thought about getting one for the jet ski, but the lifevest obscured it.


Saw this last night, in Hanover, NH, at the “Salt Hill Pub“, after Christmas Revels 2015 (North).

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It is SO CLEVER at multiple levels (at least 3).

It was been worn by a (very nice) waitress. She was KIND enough to let me photograph her back, though when she gave permission, she had no idea what part of her (very attractive) backside I had designs on. She laughed when she saw what I had snapped.

Appears that they sell those T-shirts there and the waitresses wear them, on a rotating basis, as a promotional gimmick. She wanted to know whether I was interested in buying one. Alas, I pointed out to her that I was not in the habit of wearing T-shirts that promoted things and that I no longer partook in beer (just wine).


Third, maybe fourth time, we have been to the “Salt Hill Pub” — all, of course, after a show at the HOP. We like the place. Fun place. Decent food. Decent prices. Very friendly waitresses. Highly recommended.

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We Went To The ‘Pink Cadillac’ In Rochester, NH For Mother’s Day. It Was ‘OK’.

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Some Other Restaurant Related Posts:
1. Circle Restaurant, Epson Mar. 2, 2013.
2. Red Arrow Diner, Manchester Apr. 8, 2012.

3. Sea Bird, Wolfeboro Dec. 10, 2012.
4. Giuseppe’s, Meredith Oct. 11, 2012.


This year’s Mother’s Day plans had to be curtailed because it was ‘Clearlakes Chorale‘ concert weekend for Devanee (and don’t ask me why they would pick Mother’s Day weekend for their concerts). She had to be there before 1pm on Sunday and the concert wasn’t going to finish till about 4pm. Deanna and Teischan attended the Sunday concert, I having gone to the Saturday night performance. So, the plan was to meet at the new ‘Rusty Moose‘ in Alton, have a meal and then go plant shopping in Rochester for Deanna — that being the family tradition, Deanna getting plants for her garden boxes and flower beds for the Summer.

I got to the ‘Rusty Moose’ at 4:10pm as planned. It was CLOSED!

P1020619So, given that it was a beautiful day, we proceeded to Rochester via the back roads of New Durham finally ending up in Farmington. We made a truly serendipitous discovery: this amazing antique place, called the “Ol’ Shoe Store”. It was closed. It is only open Saturday’s from 10 to 4. We are going. I happen to notice the large moose and pulled in. We peeked in through the windows. They have a beautiful, wooden, carved nude that I would love to have. We are going to go there one of these Saturdays.

We stopped at Walmart to see if they had plants that met the needs. They did. We were there for a long time as we are wont to do. So it was past 6pm when we got out of there.

Deanna and kids were ravenous by then so we didn’t have time to venture far. We drove by the ‘new’ Mexican diner. Somehow seems incongruous to try and eat Mexican in NH in a gleaming, aluminum, classic 50s diner. The next eating place was the ‘Pink Cadillac’. For whatever reasons we had never been there before though we stop at the gas station, often.

We decided to give it a try. It wasn’t busy. Not counting the bar area they appear to have 4 separate rooms, two main ones on either side of the bar. One is bright, cheery, with new tables and packed with Coca-Cola memorabilia. The other is dark and dingy with some beat up tables (sporting signs saying that they are soon to be renovated). I guess we didn’t make the cut to make the better dining room. It was probably me. But we are glad they put us in the dingy room because we got an outstanding waitress. IF not for her this write up would be much different. She was the main redeeming point of that diner.

It was ‘OK’ and that is about as far as we can go. Funnily enough I was talking to somebody who had also eaten there recently and she said the same thing: ‘average, and that is about it’. Not in the same league as the ‘Red Arrow‘ or the ‘Circle Restaurant‘.

I wanted the steak. They had run out. Ended up with steak tips. I ordered appetizer triple, one of the items being the fried mushrooms. The mushrooms were cold! I substituted a small salad for my included potato for a $1 more and got 2 forkfuls of insipid greens. C’est la vie. We were not impressed. Doubt whether we will go there anytime soon. But, I am sure there are lost of folks in the Rochester area that have no issues with it. Good for them.

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