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Pro Series 14′ x 42″ Metal Frame Swimming Pool Punctures Like A 5 Cent Balloon & CANNOT Be Repaired. Do NOT BUY!



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by Anura Guruge


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I had to buy a whole kit, for $199, Tuesday night (as you can see below), as a REPLACEMENT.

No it was for the family that ‘baby sat’ Devanee and Teischan while we went on the Pro Portsmouth Volunteer River Cruise.

I gather they had it for less than 90 days. Devanee, 13, allegedly threw a  Matchbox car ‘at it’ — from a deck which was about 20′ away. She and another kid (her age) were trying to see if they could pitch cars into the pool. I can understand what they were doing. One of the cars, and we are talking 3″ Matchbox cars, hit the SIDE. It punctured like a cheap 5 cent balloon.

I gather that it cannot be FIXED. So I had no choice BUT to order a new kit for $199.

So my point is very simple and straightforward: this pool seems to puncture TOO EASILY and when it punctures it cannot be fixed.

Less than 90 days, I am told, and yet Walmart NOR ‘ProSeries’ would make any ‘allowances’. C’est la vie. That is WHY I buy all my major items from Amazon. IF I had bought this from Amazon they would have taken care of me. In the next 96 hours I will write a post about a Samsung over-the-range microwave I bought from Amazon last week. We installed it on Monday. It went up fine but the door kept on sticking when we tried to open or close it. The trim around the door was catching. There was no adjustments on the hinge. Trying to fix it we damaged the trim even more. We had a friend helping us lift it into place. He was all concerned that Amazon would give me grief that we had damaged the door. I assured him, “This is Amazon. They do not give me grief”. Teischan had commandeered the big box and made it into an office! I got online around 6pm Monday and clicked the RETURN BUTTON. 2 minutes later I was downstairs with a return label. UPS picked it up the next day. Wednesday night I got an e-mail saying that Amazon gave me a 100% REFUND. No questions asked. Amazon is so, so good on returns.

Well that is Amazon and this is Walmart.

So bottom line: Do NOT buy any Pro Series pools and Do NOT buy any major consumer items from Walmart.

Shop Amazon. [No, alas, I do NOT own AMZN stock. Wish I did.]


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Yola (Website Creation) Has Become A Disaster. Not Usable Anymore. Total Waste Of Time & Money.



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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> Yola NOT truthful
May 24, 2014.
>> John Bishop Website
 — Dec. 12, 2013.
>>
‘Pup Is NOT A Toy’ Website — Nov. 14, 2013.
>> Teischan’s new Website
  Nov. 13, 2013.
++++ Search on ‘Yola‘ —>>>> (side bar)


Click to ENLARGE. I won;t insult you by giving yo a link to Yola.

Click to ENLARGE. I won;t insult you by giving yo a link to Yola.


As three of my posts from November & December 2013, listed above, amply attest I used to rave about how good and affordable Yola was.

Well no more. I now detest Yola and detest it with a vengeance. It does NOT bloody work. I have been trying for 42 hours to load some pictures onto Teischan’s Website — pictures to do with her ‘Snow White‘ performances. Despite hours of trying I have only managed to upload 12 pictures. 12 pictures. Picture upload, at least for this Website, is only working 1-in-10 times — if that. I don’t need that. I can’t deal with that. My time is valuable. It isn’t as if I don’t know how to upload pictures or don’t upload pictures on a daily basis. This morning, first thing, I uploaded 158 pictures, in a FEW minutes, to WordPress for this blog post. I have uploaded at least 9 photos onto this blog ‘today’ — ‘today’ to me still being Thursday, July 31.

I have created a total of 5 Websites with Yola. To be fair I didn’t have any real trouble creating any of them. Yola used to be GOOD. Very good.

But recently I have noticed cracks. When I was creating the last site, in May, I noticed that it was slow and sluggish. I didn’t like it but I was willing to live with it.

That they lie about phone support irked me. They ONLY have e-mail support and it sucks — sucks BIG time.

So I am DONE with bloody Yola. I paid a year’s premium. So I am paid up till January 2015 and have two unused Website credits. Screw that. They can keep it.

I have already started looking at the other alternatives WIX and Weebly. Did some research today. I had looked them PRIOR to signing up with Yola. I have accounts with both. So I was able to sign into Weebly ‘today’. I have until August 7 before I have to make the decision. I looked at some new names too. WIX, as it should, impresses me, but I am getting the feeling that Weebly ‘Pro’ is what might work best for me. With Weebly Pro I will get 10 Websites. So I can transfer the 3 Websites I have on my Yola account to Weebly. One of the Yola sites I built was on a separate Yola Silver account while I took down one of the sites I had built last year. Hence the three in my current account.

Bottom line: Yola sucks. I am done with Yola. Be very wary of Yola.

Don’t get suckered in like I did — to find that you are well and truly screwed.


The Priceless Indians (That I Love) — Though This Is Quite Sad, But Is What It Is Really Like In 2-Tier, Very Rich-Very Poor India.



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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
1/ Priceless Indians: 11 month paraglider —

>>May 24, 2014.
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Yet again from my all time favorite, favorite newspaper, in the whole world, that I now try to read, in bed, with my coffee, in the morning, while also watching CNN and CNBC. Second 'priceless Indians' story in 2 days. Click to access.

Yet again from my all time favorite, favorite newspaper, in the whole world, that I now try to read, in bed, with my coffee, in the morning, while also watching CNN and CNBC. Second ‘priceless Indians’ story in 2 days. Click to access.

NO question. This is SAD. But you see much worse in India.



When I related the BEST EVER Monica Lewinsky joke I told you that there was a time when I used to be a clearing house for distributing Bill Clinton jokes.

I hope you all remember the priceless Mastercard Priceless commercials. Well, I like so many other (and here is one quick example), also collected take-offs on the Priceless theme. I was lucky. I had folks send me great examples from around the world — and I would, per the charter, redistribute them. That was quite a campaign too. Also did a campaign on takeoff Altoid ads once it was discovered that sucking Altoids can enhance the whole oral sex experience! You knew that … right? I even engineered an elaborate prank based on this premise at a Trade Show where the unsuspecting butt of this insider joke were a bunch of folks I knew who were working the booth for a very famous networking company. It took at least 40 minutes before they cottoned on that something was up. It was all good ‘clean’ fun.

Anyway this, I am sure, was my FAVORITE ‘priceless’ ad (in its original undoctored form). It says, on the picture that it first appeared on ‘watchersweb.com‘. [Do NOT visit that Website UNLESS you want to be shocked. Not for the faint of heart.]

I doctored this for the blog. Otherwise Deanna would have yelled at me. But you can get the drift. Yes, of course, I have the original. e-mail me and I will gladly share it. It is a CLASSIC. Click to ENLARGE (though this is not as dramatic as the original). ENJOY. Priceless.

I doctored this for the blog. Otherwise Deanna would have yelled at me. But you can get the drift. Yes, of course, I have the original. e-mail me and I will gladly share it. It is a CLASSIC. Click to ENLARGE (though this is not as dramatic as the original). ENJOY. Priceless.


Why I, Though I Hate To Be Called “Indian”, Love Indians — They Are So Priceless. 11-Month Paragliding Baby!



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by Anura Guruge


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From my all time favorite newspaper in the whole world, the U.K. "Daily Mail". Click to access. There is a VIDEO and more horrifying pictures. Must see.

From my all time favorite newspaper in the whole world, the U.K. “Daily Mail”. Click to access. There is a VIDEO and more horrifying pictures. Must see.


Contrary to the very cultivated image I project and as such what most think about me, equanimity is my constant handmaiden — especially now that I am in my dotage. The days when I had great trouble dealing with idiots is long gone. It is difficult to get me to raise my hackles in public. Some attribute that for my pathological need to always be in control of MYSELF! That said I do have a spectacular temper. But luckily for all I only erupt very occasionally and I try to keep it down to once a year — if I can. Yep, it is that control thing.

But, one thing that does get my hackles up, THOUGH you will never see it, is when people ask me if I am Indian or worse still assume I am Indian. That really gets under my skin. My pet first response is: ‘No. No. I am not Indian. I am not good looking enough to be Indian’. As you must know and as Bollywood makes a point of highlighting, all Indians, by definition, are good looking.

So, though I hate to be thought of as Indian, I love Indians. They are a riot.

When I saw this I was not in any way surprised. That is what I expect of Indians.

Yes, I have ‘lived’ in India — but not full time. During 1969 to 1971 I used to go to New Delhi from London, during school breaks, at Christmas and in the Summer. I got my first driving license in India. But, I am NOT Indian. I used to drive around New Delhi, on my own. That is why I can drive anywhere in the world and it doesn’t faze me. After New Delhi tackling the Arc de Triomphe (Étoile) in Paris was pas de probleme. One of my favorite sites in New Delhi and I would ALWAYS have to stop and watch was people having their fortunes told by a Holy Cow! Holy Cow! Yes. The cow would paw the ground to convey her message. Told you. Indians are priceless.

Jokes apart, they are, by and large, very nice people. Just priceless.


Yola (Website Creation) Not Truthful About Phone Support & ‘New’ Text Widget Is Beyond Flaccid.



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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> John Bishop Website
>>Dec. 12, 2013.
>>
‘Pup Is NOT A Toy’ Website

>>— Nov. 14, 2013.
>> Teischan’s new Website

>> Nov. 13, 2013.
++++ Search on ‘Yola‘ —>>>> (side bar)


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I have raved about Yola in the past and to be fair most of what I had said about them still holds.

Yola does work. And in its own plodding way works well. So you can’t take that away from them, I won’t.

My BIGGEST gripe with them is that they are LYING about their phone support. That is bad. Don’t claim to have phone support IF YOU DON’T! That is unethical. Just be honest and admit that you don’t have the resources to provide phone support. We will understand.

A few weeks ago I used to Yola to create, from scratch, a professional 5-page Website for a friend. It was for his rather prestigious business. Since the goal was that he would maintain the Website once I had it in place I wanted to make it as user friendly as possible. So after much cogitating and repeated visits to Wix.com I ended up getting him a Yola SILVER package for $99/year.

Yes, I put together a fairly decent Website.

So given that I had SILVER I really should have had access to ‘Premium Phone Support‘. I never did and that did not make me happy.

Everytime I tried I got a message saying that it was not available at the time. I was calling during normal working hours M-F — like 2pm Eastern on a Monday.

They don’t even have a LIVE Web chat support. Compare and contrast with Phone Power my new VoIP provider now that Google Voice duped us. They don’t promise phone support but has awesome Chat support. I can live with that.

Yola’s much ballyhooed, albeit only by them, new Text Widget is PATHETIC! Beyond flaccid. GIANT step backwards. Regressive.

On my own (Bronze) account, given that I had set it up in November, I still get to use the OLD, much more powerful and flexible, Text widget.

In the new Silver account I set up for my friend I only get the NEW flaccid widget.

I understand the motives BUT whoever designed that widget was indubitably on drugs — and the Yola management that ‘bought it’ obviously has proved that they are clueless.

With the new widget YOU can’t even change TEXT color! Come on.

AND depending on the STYLE you chose you may not even get to choose the text color for the entire site.

That is STUPID. Plus I want the option to change FONT COLORS.

Also LINKS have been CRIPPLED.

With images YOU can NO LONGER request that a link opens in a new Window! That is BAD. We should have the option.

Also automatic font color changing when there is an embedded link does not always work. Temperamental.

Bottom line: Yola works BUT is going backwards. I think they are in financial trouble. Heads Up. Be very careful before you signup with Yola. 

I will be visiting Wix.com again in the next couple of months!


Saad Hindal’s Reception At The New Durham Library, Friday, Jan. 24, In Conjunction With His Exhibition Was A Success.



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Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> More Press — Jan. 24, 2013.
>> Paintings at New Durham
>>Jan. 14, 2013.

>> New Durham exhibition — Dec. 6, 2013.
>> Thanksgiving — Nov. 29, 2013.
>> Saad Hindal Website
 —Nov. 23, 2013.
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A fair number of people came. They really liked Saad’s and Hassan’s work. The food was good and very little was left at the end. He even sold one of his big pictures — the one depicting Concord, with the golden State House dome! Always the mark of a successful reception. 



For more pictures visit Saad’s Website.

Saad Hindal’s New Durham Exhibition & Reception Gets More Press.



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Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> Paintings at New Durham — Jan. 14, 2013.
>> New Durham exhibition — Dec. 6, 2013.
>> Thanksgiving — Nov. 29, 2013.
>> Saad Hindal Website
 —Nov. 23, 2013.
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The paintings will be at the library till
February 14, 2014 — Valentine’s Day.

5 p.m. reception on Friday,
January 24, 2014.

Click for the paintings on display.


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Saad Hindal’s Reception At New Durham Library, N.H., This Friday, January 24, 2014 at 5 pm. Don’t Forget.



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by
Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> Press coverage
Jan. 16, 2013.
>> Paintings at New Durham — Jan. 14, 2013.
>> New Durham exhibition — Dec. 6, 2013.
>> Saad Hindal Website —Nov. 23, 2013.

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It is the 5 p.m. reception on Friday,
January 24, 2014.

Click for the paintings on display.


Saad Hindal’s New Durham Library Exhibition & Reception Makes It To The Press.



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by
Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> Paintings at New Durham — Jan. 14, 2013.
>> New Durham exhibition — Dec. 6, 2013.
>> Thanksgiving — Nov. 29, 2013.
>> Saad Hindal Website
 —Nov. 23, 2013.
++++ Search on ‘Saad‘ —>>> (side bar)


Page A6.

Page A6.


The paintings will actually be at the library till
February 14, 2014 — Valentine’s Day.

It is the 5 p.m. reception on Friday,
January 24, 2014.

Click for the paintings on display.


Saad Hindal’s Paintings On Display At The New Durham Library, January 14 to February 14, 2014. Go See.



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by
Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> New Durham exhibition —
 Dec. 6, 2013.
>> Thanksgiving — Nov. 29, 2013.
>> Saad Hindal Website
 —Nov. 23, 2013.
++++ Search on ‘Saad‘ —>>> (side bar)


Click to ENLARGE. The children's room. There are paintings in the other room too.

Click to ENLARGE. The children’s room. There are paintings in the other room too.


The New Durham Public Library Exhibition is from January 14 to February 14, 2014.

I think there are 10 or 11 pictures on display — three by his son Hassan.

There will be a reception, with Saad and Hassan, at the library,
at 5 pm, on Friday, January 24, 2014

Refreshments will be available.

Some of Saad’s smaller works will also be on display that day.

See you there. It will definitely be rewarding.


Some of the Saad pictures on display


hassanThree of the Hassan paintings on display. Hassan is 18 years old now and a Senior at Concord High.

These are pictures of him and his girlfriend.

Here is his face, from September. Check how well he captures his own face.

Check the similarity with El Greco (below) with his use of the elongated neck. He had never heard of El Greco.

Nope. Not Hassan yet, but an El Greco with that trademark elongated neck.

Nope. Not Hassan yet, but an El Greco with that trademark elongated neck.