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Cambridge Christmas Revels 2016: “Acadian – Cajun Celebration” — The ‘Thank You’ Video.

by Anura Guruge


A must watch video,
on Vimeo rather than YouTube.

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A very well done, extremely polished video. WOW. High def. The performers look better on the video than they did LIVE! The magic of high-definition video.

MUST WATCH — even if you were one of the LUCKY 18,000, as was I.

Captures its essence very nicely. Of course you are NOT getting all 2 hours of it.

Enjoy.

Happy Yule.

Happy New Year.


Related posts:
>> Cambridge 2016 tickets.
>> Cambridge 2015
Welsh Revels: Pictures.

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by Anura Guruge


My “Fixing No Sound (Audio) On Roku” Gets Another ‘Thumbs up’ — “Perfect Fix”!

by Anura Guruge


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My ever so popular ‘Fixing No Sound on Roku’ post. Click image to access the post.


This no sound/audio on Roku is by far my most popular post. Since I posted it 421 days ago I have had over 18,000 hits on it. So far today there has been 25.

The fix works. I am GLAD to be helping so many people.

What amazes me is how little acknowledgment I have received. 18,000 views and 2 ‘Thank Yous’. That is 0.011%! It is a new world. A new society. It is OK. I am always happy to help.

SMILE. Life is good. Enjoy. SMILE.


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Cambridge 2015 Christmas Revels, The ‘Welsh Celebration’ — The “Thank You” Video.

by Anura Guruge


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Click image to access the 2:06 minute video (a stills montage) on Vimeo.


Given that this was a Fantabulous “will linger in your soul for years to come” performance, the “THANKS” really should be from us — those privileged enough to have been able to attend a show at the awe-inspiring ‘Sanders Theatre’ during 2015 Christmas. (We attended the Friday, December 11 kick-off performance).

Can’t wait for 2016 Christmas Revels. What would that be … about 340 days from now. This year we might try to attend some of their, i.e., Cambridge Revels, programs other than the gala Christmas bash.

“Thank YOU” Cambridge Revels. You made MY Christmas — especially so by mentioning ‘Cwmdonkin Drive‘. That was special. Thank YOU.


Related posts:
>> Cambridge 2015 Welsh Revels: Fantabulous.
>> Cambridge 2015
Welsh Revels: Pictures.
>> Cambridge 2015
Welsh Revels: Program.
>> Cambridge 2015 Welsh Revels.


by Anura Guruge


Very Good Tips On How To Improve Your Manners & Social Graces.

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Related posts:
>> Where have all the manners gone?
>> “Landmark Worldwide”: THE Rudest Person.

>> Basic Manners.


I got an e-mail shortly after I posted my “Where Have All The Good Manners Gone” plea with a link to this article.

It was decent and definitely worth passing on.

Most of this stuff should be motherhood and apple-pie stuff but OBVIOUSLY people have either never learnt or have decided that it is cool just to ignore them.


Here is the link to the original “Tower of Power” article.

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This is from my October 2015 POST.

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Where Have All The Good Manners Gone?

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Why people think it is so cool to be so rude these days just amazes me.

And I know I am not the only one that feels this way, though I will grant that it is indeed folks of my vintage, i.e., old folks, that bemoan what has happened to what were basic, natural courtesies of old — in particular saying ‘Please’ and ‘Thank You’.

Saying ‘Thank You‘ and ‘Please‘ costs very little — and I am saying that there is a small cost, in terms of one’s time, Internet bandwidth, stationery and postage etc., just so as to avoid the distraction of someone claiming that there is a cost.

Recently I sent somebody, whose name I will not mention (because I try to be polite 99% of the time), five 8GB USB sticks with about 4GB of photos on each. The USB sticks were for him and 4 others. So how many people do you think THANKED ME for these sticks. Just one (and it wasn’t the one that got all five to begin with) and even that ‘thanks’ was gruff and grudging. WTF? Is it that hard to send an e-mail to say ‘Thank You’.

After considerable thought I have concluded that it is not ignorance, cussedness or forgetfulness. It is a manifestation of deep seated sexaul angst and insecurity. Saying ‘Thank you’ or ‘Please’ makes these people feel vulnerable and exposed. PLEASE prove me wrong. I will Thank YOU for it.

I already talked about, in this female who works for “Landmark Worldwide” who never said ‘Thank You’ after we found her Kindle, in Philadelphia, tracked her down and mailed it to her. How rude?

And this idiot professor from the University of York who feels that he is too special to be polite. I would NOT want him teaching my kids. 

Yes, I come from the school that believes that all adult human behavior is influenced to some extent by a person’s sexual equilibrium.

Yes, of course I am not polite all the time. There are times when I am viciously rude. But that is when I set out to be rude because I feel somebody deserves to be treated as such. Doesn’t happen often BUT if I am displeased with somebody I can be extremely rude. But 99% I do my best to be polite. I use ‘Thank you’ and ‘Please’, incessantly, even if I don’t have to. It costs little to do so and I LIKE saying ‘Thank You’ and ‘Please’!

I get quite a few requests on e-mail with people asking me for documents, Excel spreadsheets, photographs, information or contacts. IF there is no ‘Please’ in the e-mail I just ignore it. That is my first cut. You don’t say ‘Please’ … then I am not going to bother even reading the e-mail.

Thank YOU for your time.


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Revels (Cambridge, MA) 2014 Christmas Revels, ‘A Victorian Celebration’: Tickets On Sale Oct. 20.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related posts:
>> Christmas Revels 2014 at Dartmouth — Aug. 11, 2014.
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 Christmas Revels 2013 at Dartmouth — Dec. 16, 2013.

>> Christmas Revels 2012 at Dartmouth — Dec. 17, 2012.

>> Cambridge Revels, 2013Dec. 27, 2013.
>> Cambridge Revels, 2012Oct. 18, 2012.

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Click to access ‘Revels.org’ Website — a very beautiful one at that.


I would like to go. I will have to see.

Already have my usual front-row, center aisle seats for Revels North at Dartmouth for 2014. Got those months ago.

Yes, Christmas is a LONG way away — and I am glad. So much to get done before then.

Hallelujah!


Revels North (Dartmouth, N.H.) 2014 Christmas Revels Will Be Set In Merry Ol’ England. Hallelujah!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related posts:
1. Christmas Revels 2013 at Dartmouth — Dec. 16, 2013.
2. Christmas Revels 2012 at Dartmouth Dec. 17, 2012.
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Ditto.


We, quite simply put, are unashamed, uninhibited Revels junkies.

We can’t get enough. Christmas Revels, at the delightful Hopkins Center in lovely Dartmouth, N.H., is a treasured, much anticipated and savored highlight of our rather busy Decembers.

That Revels North, to their credit, is taking us back to Merry Ol’ England for this Christmas made my week.

Yes, we tend to be ‘traditionalists’ when it comes to Christmas Revels. So, while we have enjoyed Mediterranean Revels in Cambridge, MA in 2011 and Irish Revels in 2012 we will readily confess that given a choice we will always plump for an English setting. There is an undeniable  je ne sais quoi to having the Morris Dancing, sword dancing, the Mummers etc. in what is basically their Home Setting.

So we are delighted.

Thank YOU Revels North.

Yes, we will be there with ‘Bells On’.

Hallelujah!


Heartwarming ‘Thank You’ Video Of Yule Revels By Cambridge, MA ‘Revels.org’.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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2. Christmas Revels 2012 at Dartmouth Dec. 17, 2012.
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What Has Happened To Politeness And Basic Manners?

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I received this e-mail this morning from a total stranger:

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Notice, that there is no ‘please’ nor is it a polite request.

Just an imperious, presumptuous summons. He probably thinks that just because he is a bloody ‘Dr.’ and I am ‘non-white’ he can talk to me like I am his house boy.

Well, I was cute. I replied, politely, that: ‘Yes, thank you. I had one‘. You can see that in this 2nd e-mail got from this idiot.

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I very rarely swear, verbally or in writing. But, I am a extremely proficient and effective user of swear words. I can swear like you have never heard. I let this guy have it with both barrels. Yes, I have been crazy busy. At the best of times I hate rudeness. He caught me at a bad time.

I went further. I found the contact information for the Vice-Chancellor of this University and wrote to him!

Department of Psychology … my foot. He needs to attend pre-school and learn how to say: ‘please’ and ‘thank you’.

Yes, I feel better now.

Huge, Heartfelt THANKS to Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s Office

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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This had to do with an arcane law that taxes what is called the ‘workman’s comp offset‘ in one’s Social Security disability. At a time when the fairness of the overall tax system is being debated it is very germane to talk about this since it taxes one on benefits that one did NOT RECEIVE! Yes, you read that right. You pay taxes on SS benefits you did NOT receive. ‘Workman’s Comp Offset’ applies to those disabled that received a Workman’s Comp. settlement in addition to the SS disability they receive. The ‘OFFSET’ is the amount that SS deducts from your SS disability to compensate for what you got from Workman’s Comp. That is perfectly fair and valid.

[Here is a very crude, and probably unrepresentative example just to show you what we are talking about. Lets say your SS disability calculations based on all the formulas they use is meant to be $162/month. You receive a Workman’s Comp settlement, say a lump sum, which per the laws of most states, including NH, is then reported to the SS as an amortized MONTHLY payment spread over the recipient’s life expectancy. For this example lets say that SS was using a Workman’s Comp monthly payment of $32. SS would now reduce the $162 by $32 and only pay $130 a month. Get it?]

Here is the CATCH. SS, in the annual SSA-1099 tax document they issue and send to the IRS, states the ‘Offset’ as part of the taxable benefit. So, per my crude example above, they would report $32 x 12 months, $384, to the IRS as the ‘workman’s comp offset’. That $384 is taxable, though it is actually the monies the SSA never paid the recipient. To be fair, this is also ‘OK’ because you don’t get taxed on ALL of your SS payments. So by the time you have done all of the ‘1/2 of line 2 times 0.85 of line 16 less 1/3 of line 38‘ the numbers become manageable. Quite a few people don’t pay any taxes on their SS anyway.

But, if the SSA makes a $58,958 ERROR in what they report on your SSA-1099 you are in deep trouble! Since it is reported to the IRS there is no wriggle room.  That was what happened to my wife. We were very fortunate that Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s office, in particular Cara Osborn, Special Assistant for Constituent Services, of the Dover Office, jumped in, contacted the Social Security Administration (SSA) and helped us get a new, amended SSA-1099 – with just enough time for us to file our tax return without having to seek an extension (something I had never done and was very nervous about having to do). Thank YOU, Cara … and Mrs. Shaheen.


My wife who had been a Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA) for over 9 years got badly injured in mid-2006 when she and another LNA were trying to transfer an elderly patient from her bed to a chair. During the transfer the patient ‘let go’ — basically stopped trying to support herself. Though both LNAs were using the ‘transfer belts’ that they are supposed to use, my wife ended up supporting a person considerably heavier than her. She herniated multiple disks in one go. She was off work and is still in pain despite major back surgery. She got a Workman’s Comp settlement in 2008 and after a hearing with a judge, in ‘late’ 2010, SSA disability. So, that is the background.

Since her SSA disability only kicked-in in late 2010, SSA didn’t get around to doing all of the Workman’s Comp calculations till 2011. So everything, which is backdated etc., was included in the 2011 SSA-1099. As soon as I saw it I knew that something was wrong. The reported ‘workman’s comp offset’ was close to three times her ENTIRE workman’s comp. settlement. Even with backdating etc. I could not see how any offset could end up being three times what was being offset. My wife called the SSA. This was in mid-January, 2012. After 40 minutes she spoke to a lady. At one point this SSA lady came to the same conclusion as me: ‘how can the offset be so much bigger than the original amount‘. She promised that she will get it looked at and that we will receive a letter in a month.

The month anniversary came. No letter. We waited 3 days and my wife called again. This time an even longer wait. They said ‘Oh, you should get a letter by March 15‘. I was getting worried. We went down to the local SSA Office in Concord and waited in line. They were MOST HELPFUL. We spoke to two agents. They both said: ‘there is something wrong‘. They then also went onto say: ‘we can’t fix it here. It has to be fixed in Baltimore and you are looking at at least 2 months‘. That would have put us beyond April. I asked if there was anything else we could do. They said you could try contacting one of the US representatives or Senators. I decided to contact Mrs. Shaheen given that we have always been very impressed with her. We wrote to the D.C. office. Within 72 hours we had a call. We had to sign and return a ‘release’ form so that they could contact SSA on our behalf. We did that forthwith. Cara, from Dover, handled all of this graciously — always supportive, ever helpful. On March 19 we got an amended SSA-1099, with the offset $58,958 less than that originally reported. I had time to do our taxes.

Thank you Mrs. Shaheen, Cara …, all at Mrs. Shaheen’s multiple offices, and all those at SSA that helped us out. [Yes, my wife has had two lawyers. The ever impeccable Shawn Nichols of Wescott, Dyer, Fitzgerald, & Nichols, PA, who handled her Workman’s Comp and another who handled the SS hearing. My wife contacted them both. There was nothing they could do. This problem had to be fixed by the SSA.] So, I hope this helps anybody else that finds themselves in a similar bind.