Archive for June, 2005


June 30, 2005

Every Indian person needs to see this link . It’s a music video, about 4 minutes long. You’ll enjoy it even more if you understand Gujarati. Either way, it’s really impressive.



June 29, 2005

I think the key to staying updated on Xanga is by doing smaller posts more often. The drawback is that recent ones get pushed off the front page more often. My response? Deal with it. If you wanna read it, you’ll go to the next page.

I’d mentioned earlier about some of the cute girls coming to the JAINA convention. One of them had mentioned in her profile that she was a fan of 24 , so I decided to email her a couple of days ago. Nothing fancy. Just said that I wanted to say hi to a fellow 24 fanatic, and that I’d see her at the convention. I thought to myself later that it probably wasn’t the best idea in the world. Might come off as kinda desperate. Imagine my surprise when she sent a reply a few minutes ago. Just that it was nice to see a fellow fan, and she’d see me at the convention this weekend. Now, the question is, do I push my luck? Hmmm…


June 29, 2005

Sirm asked me what my moment of inspiration was, and that I’m being vague. Ok then, I’ll give some more details, but nothing too concrete. I don’t want to count any chickens. A few weeks ago, my dad talked to me about a possible opportunity for a new business, and he asked if I was interested in being involved. I said I was, and he told me to read up on the subject. Later this year, we’d go talk to some other people about a possible business plan. I’d been procrastinating about it, but I decided this morning that I really wanted to do something with my life. I need to stop looking outside of myself for reasons to do something, and focus instead on what I can do for myself. Like I said, I’ve had moments of inspiration like this before, but they’ve usually fizzled out (or amounted to nothing). We’ll just see. I guess this is the first step in a little bit of personal spring cleaning that needs to be done. Hopefully, I’ll get to everything else in time…


June 28, 2005

I was sitting in a cube, talking with my manager and another engineer about some stuff I needed help with. Then they started chatting about stuff, and started talking about hunting. I gotta tell ya, it was really bothering me. The other dude was telling us about a friend of his who had a full-mounted lion, and polar bear hanging in his house, and ;my manager was really impressed, and wished he could go hunting. I was sooo tempted to say something. But, I figured I’d keep my opinions to myself, unless I was asked. Thankfully, no one asked.

It’s always nice when I can find inspiration to do something. The biggest problem I have (and it’s something that several people have noted, including my dad) is closure. I can’t quite seem to finish things off, or at least to make use of what I’ve done. Nonetheless, I had a moment of inspiration today. Let’s see how far I can take it.


June 27, 2005

I was running yesterday afternoon, when a couple of middle-aged ladies in a car were checking me out. And they weren’t terribly subtle about it. Talk about an ego boost.


June 27, 2005

So, I had my new apartment all ready and waiting. Then yesterday, my cousin Hemal asks me if I want to be roommates. *groans* Anyway, long story short, we found this really, really nice apartment complex called The Hamptons (yeah, really). After all is said and done, the monthly payments aren’t too bad, and the apartment is pretty sweet. Moving will be on July 17th.

Salsa was on Friday night. Class was ok. Ended up going to Kunal’s place, where we played a few frames of pool. Then he and I went over to their friend Sara’s place, where I met Sara, Kim and Krissy. And I gotta tell you, if Krissy hadn’t been dating Kunal’s roommate, I would have been really tempted to ask her out myself. I can honestly say that I don’t think I’ve met a girl like her ever before. I only met her for 3 hours, and probably won’t see her again. But ;I’m glad I met her. Now, if only I could meet an Indian girl like that…

Was in San Francisco last night. Pintu had gotten a really nice suite at The Clift hotel. We chilled there till 11p, then went to Suite 181. And I gotta tell ya, I did not have a great time. Nothing specifically bad happened. I just didn’t have much fun. It was one of those nights, I guess.


June 24, 2005

“you drink more than I do these days >_<”

So says Sirm. To be fair though, I hadn’t done much drinking until last Friday. On Friday, I had a vodka on the rocks and a screwdriver, both at home. On Saturday, I went out clubbing in downtown SJ (WOOHOO!! ), and had a few more drinks. But it had been pretty dry for several weeks before then. Let’s see what happens these coming weeks ahead.

I’ve been following the cricket rather often these days. India is in their “off-season”, so to speak, so all eyes are on England, who will be facing Australia for the Ashes ;in a few weeks. Australia had a nightmare start to their tour, even going so far as to lose to Bangladesh. To put this in perspective, the current Australian team is considered to be among the best teams ever in the history of the sport. The ;Bangladeshi team had won only 9 official games over the last 20 years. This was more than an upset. This was like the Cornell basketball team beating Michael Jordan’s Chicago bulls… well, not quite, but you get the idea. England, on the other hand, has been playing really well, and ;looks to have its best shot at regaining the Ashes in the last 20 years (when they last had possession of them), and it should be an absorbing contest.

Oh, and I’m moving in 2 weeks. I’m going here . Looks pretty decent, I think. Should be fun. I do hate moving though. Oh well…


June 24, 2005

It’s a slow day at work, so I thought I’d finally update this thing. Stuff has happened these past two weeks, but I honestly won’t remember all of it, and I don’t want to write a boring news report. ;Plus, there was some stuff that wouldn’t have made it here anyway. Hehehe…

Convention is next weekend. Strangely, I feel almost no tension whatsoever. All I’m thinking about is my one event, and that’s it. Oh, and all the pretty girls who’ll be coming. I saw some pictures on the JNF database, and I gotta say, I’m looking forward to it.

Salsa dancing tomorrow night. Should be fun. Hopefully, there’s a bar nearby so I can get a shot or two to loosen up.


June 10, 2005

Time to finish the trip report, finally. From Vegas, we drove to Los Angeles. After stopping by to see Kunal, we went to dad’s friend’s place for the night. On Saturday, Roshni and I went to Universal Studios. We got the Front Of Line pass, and let me tell you, it was completely worth it at $100. We finished the entire park (all rides and shows) and 6 1/2 hours! It was a lot of fun, I must admit. On Sunday, we drove back.

The next weekend (i.e., this last weekend), I went with NetIP to Yosemite for a hiking trip. On Saturday, I hiked over 10 miles. We went to Vernal and Nevada falls. It was really nice, actually. The most amazing thing was, I didn’t get sore. My feet were feeling it a little bit, but that was probably because I was wearing running shoes. Next time, I’ll buy proper hiking boots.

I’ve been spending a lot of money this week. Bought plane tickets for 3 plane trips. Going to Atlanta for Labour Day weekend. Going to Houston for the twin British concerts at the end of September. Then I’m going to London for Thanksgiving. And I might have to go to India for my roommate’s wedding, but I haven’t bought that ticket yet. Oh Lordy…

This post seemed a little dry, but I just wanted to finish the news reports before too much time passed.


June 1, 2005

If I don’t start writing this stuff down, it’ll never get up here. I’ll take it a couple of days at a time.

We drove to Vegas on Wednesday afternoon. Didn’t encounter much traffic, so it was a relatively smooth 8 1/2 hour drive. I also discovered that my car doesn’t like going uphill with 4 people inside and luggage in the trunk. Let’s just say I spent some time in the truck (i.e. slow) lane. Before checking into our hotel , we went to pick up the tickets for the show we were going to watch that night. First of all, the Bellagio is very impressive. Second of all, Penn and Teller are very good. My favourite part of the show (for obvious reasons) was the final act, when I was one of the two volunteers who helped them. I won’t go into the gory details here (you can ask me for those later… please ask me ), but I did get a souvenir from it. Also, I discovered something very interesting. Teller can talk!! Then we decided to walk down the strip a bit. I was just starting to wonder if ;I would actually see people handing out flyers for strippers when I saw a line of Mexicans (not a white or black man among them), male and female, handing out flyers to everyone who passed by. Half of them had headphones on and none of them even tried saying anything. I wouldn’t have been surprised if most of them didn’t know a word of English.

The next day, we slept in and had lunch at a local Indian restaurant. We went to The Wynn , and I gotta tell ya, I can see where he spent the $2.7B. It wasn’t showy or glitzy. It was just … nice . Anyway, after a nice siesta, we went down to the tables. I sat myself down at the $5 blackjack table, put in $100 and was on my way. From 6:30p to 9:15p, I went up $61. And I gotta say, it’s amazing how time flies. We decided to leave for dinner then, and that was a BIG mistake. My hot hand went to ice. By the time we returned at 12:30a, I lost the $61 profit, then went through my $100 investment. By 3:30a, Vegas had won. I still had another Benjamin in my wallet, but decided I’d had enough.

Funny thing that night… as we were walking back to the hotel, I saw an attractive blonde lady in a slinky black dress, sitting on a bench in the Bellagio driveway next to a black man. This other white guy came up to them, and sat down next to her. She was sitting on one end of the bench, and he basically sat on the edge, up close to her. I was standing nearby, and ;I heard him introduce himself. I didn’t hear the whole conversation, but I heard him talking about ;places to go, and so on. Both of them were smiling. In the meantime, the black guy had gotten up and walked to a nearby light pole, and just stood there. That’s when it hit me… I’d just seen a “Vegas Transaction” take place! The black guy was even wearing a hat, and had purple clothes (either his shirt or his pants, I can’t remember). All he was missing was a cane, and a Cadillac.

Oh, and next time I’m in Vegas, I’m spending a lot of time at New York, New York ;and The Palms . And I’m definitely coming with friends. ;We left Vegas on Friday and drove to LA. I’ll finish that story next time. Won’t be as long, but we had fun there.

Mom and dad left today. Mom got a little more emotional than usual (given that she was seeing me after only 5 months), but what surprised me was how much I missed them already. My parents have this uncanny ability to get on my nerves, but they are also the only two people (as well as my sister) who I know I’ll be able to count on for as long as I live. I have a few friends and relatives ;who come close, but no one whom I can trust so completely and blindly to drop everything on their plate and come rushing whenever I ask for help. There was other stuff going on in my head too, but I don’t want to get too melodramatic here. ;Suffice it to say, I’m already looking forward to seeing them again. Until of course, they start getting on my nerves again. *sighs* Que sera sera.