# Last Time Christmas Was On A Friday, As In 2020 — Was In 2015.

by Anura Guruge

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There would have been one in 2004
IF NOT for it having been a Leap Year.
Christmas, per the name ‘LEAP’,
jumped over Friday & took place on Saturday.

Last time we had Christmas, i.e., December 25th, on a Friday was in 2015 — 5-years ago.

6-year gaps are common. The cycle as to when the same date falls on a given day (e.g., Monday) goes in 6-5-6-11 cycle. You can see that in the image above — as to when Christmas has fallen on a Wednesday.

This 6-5-6-11 cycle has all to do with leap years. You can see that in the 2nd figure above.

The 5-year gap comes about when we have had TWO leap years, e.g., 1996 & 2000. In each case we LEAPT over a day (which is why we call it a Leap Year, i.e., because we leap over a day, in the calendar). Because of the two leap years, the gap was only 5-days. Then, between 2000 and 2006 there was only ONE leap year. So we only leapt over one-day. The gap was thus 6.

Next year, i.e., 2021, it falls on a Saturday — BUT the Friday, Christmas Eve will be a holiday.

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# Last Time Christmas Was On A Wednesday, As In 2019 — Was In 2013.

by Anura Guruge

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Note how Leap Years break
up the sequence — hence the
name ‘Leap’, since days leap ahead.

Last time we had Christmas, i.e., December 25th, on a Wednesday was in 2013 — 6-years ago.

6-year gaps are common. The cycle as to when the same date falls on a given day (e.g., Monday) goes in 6-5-6-11 cycle. You can see that in the image above — as to when Christmas has fallen on a Wednesday.

This 6-5-6-11 cycle has all to do with leap years. You can see that in the 2nd figure above.

The 5-year gap comes about when we have had TWO leap years, e.g., 1996 & 2000. In each case we LEAPT over a day (which is why we call it a Leap Year, i.e., because we leap over a day, in the calendar). Because of the two leap years, the gap was only 5-days. Then, between 2000 and 2006 there was only ONE leap year. So we only leapt over one-day. The gap was thus 6.

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# More Pictures Of Plane That ‘Crashed’ At Alton’s Famous “Airport On Ice” On February 10, 2019.

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You can see the BENT prop on the left and the scraped paint on the right prop.

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They have moved the plane from the ice to an adjoining car park. It was blocking the main taxiway — so that makes a lot of sense.

I guess they are still waiting for the FAA to finish its investigation — and hopefully to get a new prop. That seems to be the only thing that got damaged. I have to suspect that a prop is not cheap. Plus most likely their insurance will go sky high.

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# Plane That ‘Crashed’ At Alton’s Famous “Airport On Ice” On February 10, 2019.

by Anura Guruge

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You can see the BENT prop on the far-side. The plane is held up on a trestle.

Wider perspective.

We drove by at 3:45pm hoping to take some pictures of planes to add to those that I took last Sunday.

This was the ONLY plane there was and I knew that it had had a mishap. It was all on its lonesome in the middle of the taxiway and you could clearly see that it was propped up. From past accidents, I assume they have to wait for a FAA (NTSB) inspector to come and check the accident and give the ‘all clear’.

When I got home I saw the ‘Union Leader’ post (above).

We have had more spectacular crashes in the past. See below.

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# I Am Now Backfilling For Garmin Customer Support On The Vivoactive 3.

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This was on my FacebookVivoactive 3‘ page today.

I get quite a few messages like this seeking customer support. First thing I do is point out that I am NOT Garmin. Then, if I can I try to help since I recall all the times I felt so helpless trying to get meaningful support from Garmin.

This was the 2nd Vivoactive 3 ‘HELP’ I had today.

It is a Sunday, so their chance of even contacting anybody at Garmin is ZERO.

This was a fairly easy one (at least for I, in that I had seen it before).

The date and time on the VA 3 was off — in this case by 9-days!

But, I knew that a sync with a phone or a GPS fix should cure that. And it did.

She, as you can see, was happy. That makes me HAPPY. Another good deed for the day.

IF Garmin had any sense they would hire me to provide real good weekend support. {Smile}

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# Boston Chinatown “Chinese New Year 2018” Dragon Parades Are Sunday, Feb. 25 — BUT, Heavy Rain.

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In past years we have had BLIZZARDS — e.g., 2013 for the Chinatown New Year.

This year, for Boston, it is heavy rain, 5″ – 8″ snow for us.

The Dragon Parades won’t be fun in the rain.

Yes, you could watch them from a restaurant, but that is NOT much fun.

Plus, Chinatown isn’t exactly car friendly and parking, even outside of New Year, is hard. So, you really need to walk.

So, a heads up. If you plan to go on Sunday you will get soaked.

They are serving Dim Sum, at China Pearl, on Saturday. I called and checked.

I can’t, however, get any sense as to whether there will be any Dragon Parades on Saturday. I SUSPECT that there might be — because of the Sunday rain. But, I could be wrong.

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# 2017 Christmas On A Monday — First Time In 11-Years; Last In 2006.

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Leap Years marked in grey.

Last time we had Christmas, i.e., December 25th, on a Monday was in 2006 — 11-years ago.

That is unusual, but not extraordinary. We get a 11-year gap, every 4th time around. The cycle as to when the same date falls on a given day (e.g., Monday) goes in 1 6-5-6-11 cycle. You can see that in the last image above — as to when Christmas has fallen on a Monday. So, it was 1989, 1995, 2000, 2006 …. and then 2017.

This 6-5-6-11 cycle has all to do with leap years. You can see that in the 2nd figure above.

After 1995 it was but 5-years because we had TWO leap years, i.e., 1996 & 2000. In each case we LEAPT over a day (which is why we call it a Leap Year, i.e., because we leap over a day, in the calendar). Because of the two leap years, the gap was only 5-days. Then, between 2000 and 2006 there was only ONE leap year. So we only leapt over one-day. The gap was thus 6.

Now look at what happened in 2012, which was a leap year. That should have been the Monday, but we skipped over that. Hence, the 11-year gap. Neato. This 6-5-6-11 cycle is inescapable and applies to all calendar events, birthdays, holidays, whatever.

Some of you may claim “but, didn’t we have Christmas on a Monday last year (2016), in 2011 and in 2005?” NO, you didn’t! Christmas, on those years, fell on Sunday. So, Monday was made a holiday. Big difference. OK?

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# “Huggins Fair 2017”, Wolfeboro, N.H. Will Be On Friday, August 4 & Saturday, August 5.

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Note, it is, by tradition, strictly a Friday & Saturday event; first Friday of August, rain, shine, hail or hurricane. If you go on Sunday all you will find these days are empty tents. Up until 6 – 7 years ago the huge book tent would still have all the unsold books in it and you were encouraged to take as many away — for free. Now they have exchange students from abroad, staying at Brewster over the Summer, come and clear the books away Saturday night.

Unless it is beyond torrential rains we will be there late on Saturday, as we always are — even in heavy downpours.

See you there.

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# Rejoice, Give Thanks, Sundays Became The Sundays We Love, March 7 — 1,696 Years Ago!

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He, viz. Constantine The Great, was quite the guy.

Was a pagan all of his life, only agreeing to be baptised on his deathbed when he was 65 (in 337 AD).

‘Battle of the Milvian Bridge’, where he saw THE SIGN in the sky took place in 312.

The ‘Edict of Milan‘, which made Christianity an officially recognised and tolerated religion in the Roman Empire came in 313.

This edict making Sunday, into Sunday in terms of how we know it, came 8-years later.

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# New Hampshire Version Of ‘North Woods Law’ To Premiere On ‘Animal Planet’ This Sunday, March 5, 2017.

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Click to access the ‘Animal Planet’ Webpage for THIS show with a video trailer.

We have, in particular Teischan, been HUGE fans of ‘North Woods Law‘ for a number of years. All those shows were set, across the border, in Maine.

We had heard, for over a year, that there was to be a new series shot in New Hampshire.

Well it is HERE. Premiere this Sunday, on ‘Animal Planet‘, March 5, 2017.

It should be good. Of course the comparisons to Maine will be inevitable. Enjoy.

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