7-May-2004

Celebrated Cinco De Mayo yesterday. Well, sorta. First, I went over to Pintu’s house. He had invited Mayhul and myself to dinner at their place. His mom was making Pav Bhaji, and it was scrumptious!! Afterwards, we went to the temple coz Pintu had to meet an uncle regarding convention security issues. Finally, we headed on over to Neha’s place in Milpitas. Picked her up, and drove back towards San Jose. We called Prerna and told her to come with us, and after agreeing to meet us somewhere, ended up calling back and saying she didn’t feel like going out. We ;couldn’t really decide where to go, so we just decided to go back to Neha’s place and drink. ;So us 4 intrepid adventurers went to a liquor store in Sunnyvale, bought some tequila, margarita mix and salt, and headed back to Milpitas. We played cards while Pintu mixed some pretty good margaritas. He put two shots in each one, but you could barely taste the alcohol. I only had one glass, since I still had to drive home from Pintu’s place. Mayhul has no such compunctions, and had at least 3 glasses. Considering he’s about 6 feet tall and only weighs 136 lbs (honestly! ), he basically got lit up like a Christmas tree. ;Neha was feeling pretty happy too. Anyway, we spent a few hours playing different card games and chilling. We left at almost midnight, and I got home at 12:45. It was a fun time. There might be another (larger) outing this Saturday, so that should be good too.

In Netflix news, I recently saw Scarface, which was a pretty good movie. Very raw and powerful, but wildly entertaining. My first reaction when I saw a lot of the scenes was “Holy crap, that’s GTA: Vice City!!” It was almost like the game makers had directly lifted scenery shots from the film and digitised them into the game. Pacino was awesome, obviously. I just get the feeling a commentary track would have been pretty good. ;And yes, the film has a LOT of great quotes. ;I also saw Citizen Kane for the first time two days ago, but I’ll wait to see it with the commentary tracks before I say too much. Suffice to say, it was very impressive for a 1941 movie. In a lot of ways it still holds up today, and that is saying something.

Finally, in response to Sirm’s comment about my watching Yu-Gi-Oh, I don’t think the owner of a ” Spirited Away ” DVD, (who prefers watching in the original Japanese, no less) is well-placed to comment on my watching anime. ;Besides, Yu-Gi-Oh isn’t real anime. It’s essentially a game promotion device, albeit a weirdly fascinating one.

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