22-Feb-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.

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