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This Counsel About ‘Making Others Smile’ Was Totally Wasted On I; I Have Practised This For 33-Years.

by Anura Guruge


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SMILE.



I am a living contradiction and I like living as such.

I have been diagnosed, by psychologists as an ‘off-the-scale’ extrovert. That is why I, in my storied life, managed to snag so many plumb sales/marketing jobs. SMILE. But, I am also, by choice, a recluse! I can go for five, six or more days without ‘going out’. No, I am never housebound. I go out and walk/run for at least 90-minutes a day, but I do not need to go shopping, eating, drinking or anything else.

But, when I go out, I make sure that I make people SMILE. That I make them feel warm inside. I have done that, each and every time I have gone out, for 33-years.

Something about “bringing sunshine into other people’s life“.

It is easy for I. People just smile when they see my face. They have all my life. I kid you not. I think they feel sorry for them.

Today, I know for a FACT, that I made at least TWO people, one male, one female, smile.

Oh, I also hand out chocolates. That really makes people SMILE.

But, I can also SMILE.

I SMILE a lot. I am happy most of the time.

I also know how to smile. SMILE.

Well, this sign was at our orthodontists. Kind of self-serving. But, it amused I.

SMILE.


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by Anura Guruge

Summer Finally Arrives To Lakes Region Beaches Of New Hampshire — June 8, 2017.

by Anura Guruge


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It has been quite the wait. Even today it was breezy and that made it a tad chilly. I am not even going to try to dip my toe in the water. It is going to be cold. We are going to need a few weeks of 70F weather to warm the lakes. I will keep you posted.


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Ticks Are Already Here — New Hampshire Lakes Region — Spring 2016.

by Anura Guruge


I guess with the warm winter and early Spring it was inevitable. We started finding ticks on the two dogs earlier this week. Today Deanna picked huge one off Braxton. So this is March 25, 2016. That is early. Ironically we have a coating of ice on the ground this morning.

Last year it was the first week in May! So that is a 6 week head start. Yes, we have Frontline and they will get their first treatment today. SMILE. So Heads Up!

Happy Easter.

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Alton Historical Society “J. Jones & Son” Freight Building — Night Of 2015 Christmas Light-Up.

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by Anura Guruge


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The collection and how it is displayed keeps on getting better. Some ‘cute’ items. It was fun to spend time in the building on a winter’s night — albeit a rather warm one.

Merry Christmas.  


Alton, N.H. 2015 Christmas Light-Up Night.

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It, for a nice change, was ‘warm‘, maybe around 40°F. Wow. It was barmy. You didn’t need gloves and you didn’t have to stamp your feet. No snow. We have yet to have any snow this winter. I think that that is atypical. Deanna wanted to go on the (truck-pulled) hay ride. So we got there early, before 6pm. We were surprised. There was hardly anybody there. We thought that it was because it was a tad early. We were wrong.

Less than 100 people at the Christmas tree lighting at 6:30! Maybe around 60. That is crazy. We have seen more people when it was cold. I actually think that that was the reason. It wasn’t cold enough. Trust me. After 30 years in New Hampshire I know how they think. They are going to say that it wasn’t cold enough to feel like Christmas.

P1020962The caroling, as ever, was enthusiastic with well chosen pieces. I always enjoyed that.

The ‘Alton Historical Society‘, as is their wont, had an ‘open house’ at their ‘J. Jones & Son’ freight building behind the Town Hall. We checked that out. We always tour it if it is open. It is always rewarding. I will do a separate post on that. That was good. As was the huge cookies and very hot chocolate at the Town Hall. We went to Chinese afterwards.

Merry Christmas.  


New Hampshire Lakes Still Very Swimmable In September 2014 — Though It May Already Be Start Of Foliage Season.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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That is Teischan with Braxton (the Beagle) around 5:45 pm, September 1, 2014 on Halfmoon Lake, N.H. The blob to the far right is Maya, the non-stop swimming Golden. She is swimming to the swim platform — the one I swim to. Click to ENLARGE.

Halfmoon Lake, looking towards Barnstead, from the Fernhill beach. Notice that there is but a tinge of foliage. Those are the two dogs. Click to ENLARGE.


I, for various reasons, hadn’t swum in 10 days. The last two times I had swum, both at our beach on Halfmoon Lake, Alton, N.H., it had been borderline cold.

We went to the beach around 5:30 pm yesterday, Labor Day — which happened to be September 1, 2014. That was a bit early for us, BUT ‘Sept. 1’ is a landmark for us on our beach. As of September 1 until Memorial Day we can take the dogs to the beach whenever; during the ‘Summer’ they can only go after 7pm.

I decided to give the water a try. Given the Biblical deluge that we had had the night before I fully expected the water to be too cold — at least for me. There was nobody out swimming — but that is par for the course ‘that late’ most evenings. Two very young kids playing close to the beach, but that doesn’t count because they don’t feel the cold as much as I do.

But when I ventured in, beyond my knees, I was pleasantly surprised. It was warm! It had actually warmed up since I last swam. Well the day time temps. have been higher we are going to have at least four 80°F days in a row this week.

So just want to let you know that the lakes in Central New Hampshire are still eminently swimmable right now — i.e., first week of September 2014 — even though we may also be talking Fall Foliage.


We are still messing around with the my refurbished Canon EOS Rebel T3i with 18-55mm IS II Lens.
Took these two pictures before we headed for the beach.


Went Swimming In The Lake, i.e., Halfmoon Lake, Alton (N.H.), For The First Time In 2014 Yesterday — June 30.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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>> Halfmoon deserted … — Aug. 24, 2013.
>> Water temperature in Halfmoon Lake … — June 30, 2013.
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I thought I was at least a week behind ‘schedule’ and I was going to ‘blame’ it on us having been away much of last week. But I knew that I had the exact date of last year’s first swim enshrined, for posterity, on this blog.

WOW! I was actually 9 days ahead of last year. I am amazed, but pleased.

In my ‘middle ages’, given that I have lived in N.H.’s Lakes Region since 1991, mid-June used to be my traditional target date to start swimming in ‘the lake’ — the lakes over time having been ‘Shaw’s Pond’ in New Durham, the ‘Big Lake’ in Meredith (1997 – 1999) and Gilford (2000 – 2006) and now ‘Halfmoon’ in Alton since 2007.

Now much older and with considerably less insulation I need the water temps to be higher. Yesterday was tolerable. Maybe even pleasant. I did a decent swim.

I still feel the loss of 2 pounds of buoyancy as a result of losing weight. It is still very noticeable. All I can say is ‘WOW’ … who would have thought. I now make allowances for it.

Well, now that I started swimming I will try and swim, near daily, well into September. I like swimming. So in the Summer it becomes a run up Prospect Mountain in the morning and a swim in the evenings. Works for me.

So Summer is here. Come up and enjoy it folks.


Halfmoon Lake Has Been Deserted (And Unseasonably Cold) This Last Week. I Am Still Swimming.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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That is a lonesome and kind of cold me.

Deanna takes the dogs early in the morning.


This has been quite a Summer. Lots of rain to begin with — but nowhere close to a record. Then a brutal heat wave for one week. More rain and then this cold spell in August that precipitated an eerily early fall foliage.

The lake, i.e., Halfmoon (which we use most often though I, as usual, swam in Winnipesaukee 5 or 6 times), is cold. Kind of a bummer. It was cold in June. It was too cold for me to go swimming till July 8 — and that is 2 weeks beyond my normal start. But, I am persevering with the swimming because when I stop swimming I know that the Summer is over. That it has been hot over the last few days have helped a tad, but the temp. at night is what we usually get in September.

We went to the beach around 5:40 pm on Monday — that being usually when we go since none of us like baking in the Sun. The whole beach, from one end to the other, as you can see from the pictures above, was empty. August 19. Beautiful afternoon/evening. It is as if people have given up on this Summer. We also went Wednesday and Thursday and there were a few people around. Yes, I know that schools have started in MA and in some parts of NH. But, it is sad. This is way too early to call quits on the Summer.

At least the ducks, Maya and I will try to get as much swimming as possible before it gets really cold. Maya will carry on swimming till November! Loves the water. Doesn’t mind the cold.

Losing 20 Pounds In Body Weight Has Really Done A Job On My Swimming Buoyancy.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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>> Water temperature in Halfmoon Lake … — June 30, 2013.


I have to admit that I am still rattled by the lack of buoyancy I discovered, to my cost, on Sunday when I went swimming.

Wow. I have been doing some research. It appears that I have lost about 2 pounds of lift. That doesn’t sound much but that is about 40% of the buoyancy required to keep a person afloat.

The biggest thing I noticed was that I was floating vertically! That was scary. But, now it makes total sense — and this diagram shows it all.

Most of the 20 pounds of fat came off my waist and a bit off my chest.

Having that fat on my waist previously lifted my waist up so that I was horizontal. Now without that fat, my lower body sinks.

I am sure that I will get used to this.

Divers know about this. When they lose weight they reduce the amount of free weights they use.

But, I am not sure whether this issue is ever talked about in normal weight loss discussions. This could be dangerous. Somebody who has say lost 50 pounds might think that he/she can now swim better and dive in — without realizing that they are going to experience one heck of a shock.

I Went Swimming In ‘The Lake’ (i.e.,Halfmoon) Alton, NH, Today — First Swim In A Lake This Year.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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P1030793As I said in the above post I typically plan to go for my first swim in the lake around mid-June — a ritual since I moved to the NH Lakes Region in 1992.

It was too cold for me at the end of June.

Then we had the brutally hot weather. It was probably warm enough a few days ago, but we were not around.

Today was the first day we had gone to the beach in nearly a week.

We had all been working in the yard and were anxious to go in the water. The temp. was just right. It was not cold.

It was nice to be in the water, though I have discovered another downside to losing 20 pounds since last Summer. I am less buoyant. I noticed it right away. Plus my physics is good enough that I worked it out while I was swimming. Deanna did believe me. So I checked it out. I was right. Link 1 & link 2. Less heavy, less fat, less buoyant and I could feel it right away. That Teischan decided to climb on my shoulders while I was swimming vividly pointed out that I can’t support her weight.