Archive for February, 2005

25-Feb-2005

February 25, 2005

I’ve mentioned earlier on this blog that I have an active profile on Shaadi.com . It’s been an interesting experience. So far, I’ve initiated contact with 40 girls, and gotten acceptances from 6 of them. Of the rest, I either haven’t heard back at all, or they just have bad taste in men. ;My roommate says that’s actually a very good success ratio, so I’ll just take his word for it.

The thing I probably find most interesting about the website is how many people post their pictures, but then restrict access. For example, I’ve seen lots of profiles where I get the message, “Photo will be visible if member accepts you”. My question is, what’s the point of posting a picture if the only people who can see it are the ;ones you approve? ;To someone like ;me, who’s deciding which profile to contact, a restricted picture is as useful as no picture at all. ;I personally have put my picture up there for the entire world to gawk at. That way, if a girl wants to contact me, she knows upfront what she’s getting. ;And no, I won’t provide the link. I open myself up to quite enough ridicule as it is, thank you very much. ;And I’m not providing any details on any girls I’m in contact with either, at least not yet. Best not to be premature.

One amusing incident, though. I personally have been contacted by 3 girls, all in India. I wondered why it was so low, because I’m such a great catch (reasonably good-looking , US citizen, working in California, engineer), but I realised it’s probably because of my age. If I were 26, I’d be getting 10 times as many messages, I bet. Anyway, the most recent message came from this girl in New Delhi, and she’s doing her Masters in English Lit. I’m just wondering… what is it with me and the English majors? I mean, seriously.

23-Feb-2005

February 23, 2005

Well, recruiting was fun. I found out when I got there that my time was chargeable. Meaning? I got paid to sit there and watch the propaganda videos. I talked for about 5 minutes about the program I work on, as well as the rotational program, but that’s about it. I’m definitely doing this again.

So, Vin Diesel has decided to resuscitate his film career by acting in a family comedy, The Pacifier . I must admit, it looks amusing, and I am curious to see how Vin handles it. But my cousin loves the trailer. Specifically, he loves the scene when Vin parks the family minivan after a particularly outrageous drive to school, and as soon as it stops, the girl dives out on to the ground screaming, “Land!!” He cracks up every time he sees it.

23-Feb-2005

February 23, 2005

Check this out. Interesting, though I don’t think I’ll ever reach that stage. Can’t write much now. I’m going to Stanford tonight to talk in an info session, and try to recruit people to hire directly into my rotational program. ;It’s my first recruiting experience, so let’s see how it goes.

By the way, after a day, the link above becomes part of the archive for the San Jose Mercury News website. So you might as well hurry and read it now.

22-Feb-2005

February 22, 2005

I took off work 30 min early so I could write here. Otherwise, I probably wouldn’t have gotten around to it for another week.

So, last week I had my first major review experience. I had to make a presentation in front of the review board, which consisted of senior management, including the #2 guy overall. I was a little nervous starting out, but my stuff was pretty straightforward, and I didn’t expect there to be too many roadblocks. The two presentations before me took 40 min ;each (though they could have been done sooner), so my main goal was to get in and get out. I was going, (and I’m bring deliberately vague here)
“So this is the information I gathered, and these are the different things, and these are the other things, and this is how changes will be made in the future, and there’s no impact from my stuff, and it won’t cost anyone anything, and I need approval because it’s important so I’ve come to ask for approval so please give me approval.”

I looked around to see if anyone had questions. The senior manager there looked at me, gave me a small smile, and said with finality, “Approved!” Heh… ;Of course, he wanted my stuff to be approved anyway, because it would have made his team’s work easier. But it was still a funny moment.

Friday, I went to Sunnyvale Middle School ;to talk to an 8th grade Algebra class about the importance of Math, and Engineering. This was part of a service project that I volunteered for through work. ;I finished my planned topics about 30 minutes into the class, with 30 minutes left to go, so I started improvising. Fortunately, I was still able to come up with interesting stuff to say (I think so, anyway), and relate it back to the main topics. So that was fun. The fact that the teacher was HOT ;made things even more fun. She was married (to an Italian, no less), so obviously I didn’t think of trying anything. But I am always one to appreciate eye candy wherever I can find it. And if that sounds sexist, then you have never been an Electrical Engineering major at Cornell University. It was like trying to find water in the middle of the Sahara.

Saturday night, I went to an engagement party for a couple of friends of mine from work who’re getting married. I made myself official bartender, and I got some compliments. I tried recommending drinks for people, and even tried inventing a drink. For those of you adventurous types, try this one on for size:

Tropical Iced Tea (I just invented the name while writing this)
In a tall glass with ice:
1/2 oz (or 1/2 shot) vodka
1/2 oz (or 1/2 shot) gin
1/2 oz (or 1/2 shot) rum
1/2 oz (or 1/2 shot) Peach Schnapps
1/2 oz (or 1/2 shot) tequila
2 oz Sweet & Sour Mix
Top off with readymade Pina Colada mix
Mmmm………

The past two weeks have been very interesting for me, in terms of communicating with people. Whether it’s ;creating new contacts, or rekindling old ones, I’ve been getting in touch with lots of people lately. Probably the one most out of left field happened almost a week ago. ;I signed up for a NetIP ;ski trip to Lake Tahoe this coming weekend, and RSVPed on the Evite that was sent out. Later that day, I got an email from someone who asked if I had ever studied in Navrachana School in Baroda (I had). The email was signed Vivek Patel. Now, I had had a classmate named Vivek Patel for a few years in Navrachana, so I sent back a reply saying, “Patli? Is that you??” Apparently, it was. It seems he went to grad school at the University of Florida, and is now living in San Jose. *cue It’s A Small World * Not only that, but in the past 2 weeks, I’ve probably spent over 15 hours on the phone with people. Madness!! That might not seem much to some of you people, but those are huge numbers for me. I’m just curious to see my cell phone receipts. Obviously, the vast majority of those calls were during nights and weekends, but still. That’s a lot of talk time.

By the way, I saw Il Buono, il brutto, il cattivo ;this past weekend (still have 15 min left). Definitely a movie worth watching. And the music is absolutely awesome.

15-Feb-2005

February 15, 2005

I was going to write some more, but I got caught up on the phone. Anyway, here’s a poem I wrote a couple of years ago. I wrote it for a girl that I saw in my mind. I didn’t know who she was, and couldn’t see her face, but she was definitely there. Unfortunately, she didn’t stay long.

Angel

Your gentle smile, that sweet caress
Doth fill my being with happiness.
A whisper’d word, a fleeting chance
‘Tis all I need, just one more glance.
And if you left, and said goodbye,
I would survive, yet always try
To find you again, come what may
For you are my angel,
And in my heart you’ll stay.

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone.

15-Feb-2005

February 15, 2005

Well, time for some pictures. Yay!!

1) First, a top-down perspective:

2) A side-angle:

3) Me and my big round face:

4) From behind:

5) And finally:

A more Valentine-y post will go up later today. In the meantime, leave comments.

11-Feb-2005

February 11, 2005

I just saw my worst Netflix film yet, Duck Soup . It’s a Marx Brothers film, and it’s ranked 104 on the IMDb Top 250. That means it was voted by IMDb members as the 104th best film of all time. Honestly though, I don’t see it. I don’t see it at all. The songs weren’t funny, and while some of the one-liners were amusing, I can count on one hand the number of times I even chuckled. What surprises me is how beloved this film is. Maybe I just don’t get it. Either way, I won’t be getting another Marx Brothers film again. Yeesh.

10-Feb-2005

February 10, 2005

I finished seeing Love Actually ;this past weekend , and I must say, it is quite an enjoyable movie. But the thing that affected me most about the movie, aside from a few of the stories, was the music. If ;any of you get a chance, find and download the Glasgow Love Theme from the movie. It defines the term “haunting melody”, and I’ve been listening to it over and over again for days. It’s only 2 min long, but damn! It’s powerful, yet sad and intimate at the same time.

10-Feb-2005

February 10, 2005

The heart is a funny thing. You never know when you’re going to fall for someone. You don’t know who you’re going to fall for. You don’t know why you fell for them. Those things can be tolerated. After all, the heart works on its own agenda that none of us can ever figure out. One has no choice but to deal with whatever happens. The most annoying thing of all is not knowing what to do about it. After all, it’s difficult to control what happens to us (making it easier to take unexpected developments in stride), but we can decide our response, which gives us some small measure of control over the situation. But when we don’t know how to respond, even this token bit of control is taken away, doubling the frustration.

I need to shake things up a bit. Change the status quo. And I’m going to start this weekend. Since no one’s going to give me a Valentine’s Day gift, I’ve decided to give myself one. Good, bad or ugly, I will post a picture here this weekend. All (4) of you can decide how it looks. Personally, I’m kinda excited.

I’ve been going pretty healthy the last couple of weeks:
16 days ago: 201.5 lbs
9 days ago: 199.5 lbs
2 days ago: 197.5 lbs
I’ve been getting stronger too. My first reward will be at 190 lbs. A Pecan and Cream Passion . Good stuff.

6-Feb-2005

February 6, 2005

In other weekly news, I got myself a new cell phone , as well as a new service provider. Goodbye T-Mobile, hello AT&T Wireless (or Cingular). I get a 25% discount on monthly rate plans through work, as well as 50% discounts on phones and ~30-50% off on accessories. So this plan ended up costing the same as T-Mobile, but it has more benefits. Kind of a no-brainer, actually.

I’m going to see Damon Wayans tonight at The Improv. I figured that would be more entertaining than some silly foosball game. It does strike me as odd though, that they would cancel the Friday shows, but keep two shows on Superbowl Sunday. Oh well…