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Selfies My Way — ‘Lakehouse Tavern’, Hopkinton (N.H.), October 10, 2019.

by Anura Guruge


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Yes, you are free to steal these pictures.


A new location for ‘selfies my way‘. Went there for dinner last night — somebody’s birthday (but, no, not mine). Nice, big, well lit mirror. Couldn’t resist. Plus, I was wearing a tie. Haven’t taken a selfie with a tie in some time and didn’t want you all to think I had become a slob.


53 posts in the “Taking Selfies My Way” series.

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by Anura Guruge

Boris Johnson Pityfully Panders To Donald Trump By Aping His Ultra-Long Tie.

by Anura Guruge


From September 24, 2019, meeting in New York during U.N. General Assembly. From YouTube. Google to your heart’s content.


Trump!

What is he trying to hide?

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Boris KNEW Better.

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This is SAD, very sad, but it was not a good day for Boris Johnson. So, I guess he felt that he had kowtow to the BIG BOSS — the only one in power of power on his side.

I used to like Boris. Not sure what is happening to him. This long tie affectation is not going to help him, and no, it does not hide his growing and inescapable pudge. He is looking and acting like Trump by the day. I guess he can’t make up his mind whether he wants to be like Churchill or Trump — and NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO: Trump in NO WAY looks, acts, thinks like Dear Winston. Plus Trump doesn’t drink. Dear Winston would be, rightly, appalled.

Ah, poor Boris. He really does know better.

This is so sad.


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I Was Wrong About Trump’s Ultra-Long Ties — They Were NOT Freudian In The Phallic Sense.

by Anura Guruge


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Well, well, well.

Chris Christie explains what it is all about.

Yes, it is definitely size related, but not size in a Freudian sense.

Trump thinks long ties make you look THINNER.

Wow. What a clown? Nothing short of a drastic diet will make Trump look thinner. As for Chris Christie. Come on?

A long tie. These two fatsos are crazy.


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Trump’s Insistence Of Wearing Ultra-Long Ties Is A Sure Sign That He Is Insecure About His Size.

by Anura Guruge


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Do you own Googling and check it out. I have been wearing ties for over 40 years.


Trump!

What is he trying to hide?

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Forget about the size of his hands.

Concentrate on the length of his ties.

He is a tall man. To wear them THIS LONG he has to have EXTENSIONS sewn onto them.

Yes, I do know my ties. I wear ties even today. I have been wearing ties since 1969. I was taught to tie my ties in Britain. And yes I do use a perfect, double Windsor.

Trump has insecurity issues.

The tie is supposed to POINT.

The tie is NOT supposed to COVER.


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Free Holiday Parking In Portsmouth, NH: December 14, 2012 to January 2, 2012.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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>> We Did 2012 Thanksgiving Brunch At The Sheraton, Portsmouth, NH.
>>Nov. 16, 2012.


Deanna had seen this on Facebook and happened to mention it when we were in Portsmouth for Thanksgiving.

Given that parking, understandably, is a big revenue source, I was curious and decided to check. I am glad I did.

It appears that providing free holiday parking is now becoming a holiday tradition in Portsmouth. Bravo. But, it is carefully controlled.
If you just do a quick Google the entry you most likely get is for the ‘2011’, and the dates are slightly different. I nearly fell for that.

I ended up finding the actual meeting minutes, from Nov. 15, 2012, when it was approved. Contrary to what some had imagined it is not from Thanksgiving onwards. That would have been ultra generous and a huge drain on funds.

Extract from the actual town meeting that approved the free parking. Click if you want to access the original, as a PDF.

Extract from the actual town meeting that approved the free parking. Click if you want to access the original, as a PDF.


One of the many fine colonial houses in Portsmouth. This was opposite the Sheraton. Deanna took a picture. Click to ENLARGE. You can see the moon.

One of the many fine colonial houses in Portsmouth. This was opposite the Sheraton. Deanna took a picture. Click to ENLARGE. You can see the moon.


Christmas window basket in Portsmouth that tickled Deanna. On the road to the side of the Sheraton. Click to ENLARGE.

Christmas window basket in Portsmouth that tickled Deanna. On the road to the side of the Sheraton. Click to ENLARGE.


It is indeed a welcoming city, my 2nd favorite in NH. I used to live a similar distance away from the REAL Portsmouth, once a famed naval port. The real Portsmouth is bigger, the newer one is cuter. Click to ENLARGE. The real one has a big cricket ground too.

It is indeed a welcoming city, my 2nd favorite in NH. I used to live a similar distance away from the REAL Portsmouth, once a famed naval port. The real Portsmouth is bigger, the newer one is cuter. Click to ENLARGE. The real one has a big cricket ground too.

We Did 2012 Thanksgiving Brunch At The Sheraton Harborside Hotel, Portsmouth, NH.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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>>— Nov. 16, 2012.


This was at least the 5th time we have been to the Portsmouth Sheraton for a holiday buffet; Thanksgiving 2010 the previous.
So will we be going again next year or the year after?
Not sure, but I wouldn’t totally rule it out
— and I think that that is a fair summary of our experience yesterday.

The folks were GREAT, though the ‘Director of Operations’, who was delightful,
Mr. Steve Merrill, really should wear a tie.


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One of the unmitigated highlights Stan Bednarz. Dazzling and very kid friendly. He, rather than (the rather insipid) dessert table (compared to 2010), did much to add sorely needed ‘glitter’ to the proceedings. Bravo Stan, you made the day. Thank You.


The tightly packed buffet and the uninspiredly laid out appetizers.

The carving station with the tieless but nevertheless apparently tireless Steve Merrill, with bonhomie a plenty.

The centerpieces were colorful and festive. I met the young lady who did them. She was everywhere. Seemed to be doing a great job. Credit to the Sheraton.

The foyer. The piano, with the superlative Stan is directly behind her with the buffet beyond that. Carving station is at the top left.


To keep this as succinct as possible, lets start with what they did NOT have:

Pecan pie. 

A dress code.

Appropriate space for the buffet.

Necessary, functional serving utensils for the appetizers.

Detectable flavor in the Prime Rib.

Adequate lighting to highlight the wood.

Moisture in the stuffed chicken breasts.

Apple pie with the crust intact.

Horseradish with any kind of kick.

Stuffing better than what I can make from a packet.

Ice to keep the crab claws cold.

Firmness to the New England corn pudding.


What they DID have:

Enthusiastic, motivated staff.

Absolutely divine wild mushroom Ravioli with spinach & a Gorgonzola cream. WOW!

A fresh baby spinach and bosc pear salad that could convince you that you could live just on salad.

Excellent piano accompaniment by Stan Bednarz.

Above average baked haddock.

Decent smoked salmon.

A mouthwatering butternut squash.

Par for the course cheese cake.

Great panoramic views of the river and bridges.

6 PCs with Internet access in a common room next to the dining room.


Well the above should be fairly self explanatory.

Not counting the (rather overpriced) $9 for a glass of Mimosa, the one Sprite, one coffee and the 9% NH ‘meals and rentals’ tax, it costs us $100 for the 4 of us. That is not too bad.

Not sure why they crammed the buffet and the carving station into the foyer of the hotel this year. I went and checked the room in which the food was served in 2010. It was empty; a few stacked chairs and boxes of breakfast cereal. Not sure what prompted them to make the change. I was not impressed. It lacked adequate lighting, inspired layout and utensils to properly get at the appetizers.

For what was supposed to be a semi-formal Harvest Buffet at a fairly posh hotel the attire of the diners was shocking.

Yes, I know that people think that it is cool to wear jeans to restaurants, but in my opinion it doesn’t really work when you are in you are past 65 or less than 5′ 4′ in stature. To be fair I can even put up with faded, grubby blue jeans. It is the T-shirts that irk me, especially one sported by a guy that extolled the supposed virtues of a diner in Maine! That was beyond the pale. All I can say is that the guy was obviously from Maine, and he probably thought that he was dressing up. [It is OK. My wife is from Maine (born and bred) and as such I do have the right to stand my ground when it comes to the amount of Red Neckery I will tolerate from across the border.] That the ‘manager’ didn’t wear a tie set the tone. [I used to work as a manager for ITT in the days we owned Sheraton. This kind of dress would never have been tolerated.]

Lets be fair, for $40 less we could have gone to the ‘Great Buffet II‘ down the road and had as much food — though it would have, overall, been a tad inferior in quality. But, if I have to dine with riff-raff wearing merchandizing T-shirts, sweats and grubby blue jeans I might as well go to a Chinese buffet. Sorry.

So, that is about it.

Anura & Deanna Guruge 10 year anniversary

It was ten years since we met. This picture also allows me to see how I looked compared to Thanksgiving at the same place in 2010 when I had a cracked rib and severe bronchitis. Steve M. very kindly took this picture. Thanks Steve.