Archive for December, 2005

A busy few days

December 29, 2005

I gotta admit, Sea World was a lot of fun. Yes, I went by myself. And yes, I would probably have had more fun if I’d gone with people instead of by myself. But I’m glad I did it. Don’t know if I’d want to do it again, but it was a positive experience. The funniest ;aspect of ;the whole ;trip was people’s reactions when I told them I was by myself:
So, who’re you going with?
Just me.

My biggest regret was that I didn’t leave earlier on Saturday, so I missed getting to the beach by sunset. But it was pretty hazy, so I wouldn’t have seen much anyway. As for the park itself, it was really fascinating. My favourite part was, obviously, the Dolphin Interaction Program. Took a cool photo of me hugging the dolphin. I seem to have this odd look in my eyes, almost like a wild gleam. ;Guess it was just weird putting my arms around a living creature that felt like wet rubber. The shows were fun too, with all the performing animals. The only problem was that the scheduling for the shows made it impossible to look at all the animal exhibits in one day. Maybe a return visit?

I actually did make it to a beach as I was driving out. Figured I was there, so why not? Turns out it was a dog beach, so I had to careful where I was stepping on the sand. ;It was cool to see all the people playing with their dogs, though.

Also saw two movies while I was there, and two more since I’ve been back. Here are some capsule reviews:
King Kong: Go see this movie. Seriously. It’s got stuff for everyone. For the guys, there’s the amazing special effects and the fight sequences. For the women, there’s the love story. Because basically, the relationship between Kong and the woman is the crux of the film, and my personal favourite part of the film. They really did an amazing job of conveying emotion on Kong’s face, and in his eyes. ;The guy who performed the motion capture acting for the gorilla was Andy Serkis (he also did the same thing for Gollum in Lord ;Of The Rings. ;I honestly think they should consider nominating him for an Oscar. Oh, and I want to marry Naomi Watts. So beautiful…
Munich: Eh. It wasn’t bad, but nothing to write home about. ;Spielberg was trying too hard to make it a “thought-provoking political drama”, and it got to a stage where I’m thinking, What’s the point of all this? Plus, even though it was 30 min shorter than Kong, it felt like an hour longer.
Sideways: Good movie. Maybe a little over-hyped, but it was really sweet. A little pseudo-intellectual, but still sweet. Then again, it might just have been that the writers wanted the characters to seem pseudo-intellectual. Either way, a good film. And the commentary track with the two lead actors was pretty funny.
Harry Potter 4: Better than I thought it would be. They obviously made a lot of cuts and changes, but they made sense to me. Of course, I haven’t finished the book yet (only 150 pages in), but I think there’s enough stuff they cut out that I’ll still enjoy it. I did get the feeling from time to time that the main three child actors didn’t necessarily get the emotions right with the performances, especially Hermione. She didn’t seem as natural as in the previous films. Almost like she was trying to act. Of course, Ron is still my favourite. I personally think he’s got the brightest future of all of them.

And I have two New Year’s Resolutions planned for next year. More details on those later.



December 24, 2005

I forgot to mention… 760. And now, I’m going to Sea World.

Holy Crap!

December 24, 2005

Who said cricket wasn’t a big sport? Jeez

Ten years ago today…

December 22, 2005

It’s amazing to think that it’s already been ten years since that night, especially when I consider ;its continuing ripple effects on my life since then. And it’s a very interesting coincidence that, exactly one decade after my life was forever changed, I’m about to set in motion events that will change my life again. Tomorrow, I take the GMAT. Tomorrow, I start things anew.

I’m excited.

In other news, I decided to finally get off my ass, stop being miserable about having ;a sucky winter break, and actually do something about it. Sooo… I’m going to see Shamu ! I’m driving down on Saturday, playing with dolphins ;on Sunday, and driving back on Monday. Yes, I’m going by myself. And yes, I’m ok with that. ;I still don’t know what I’m doing for New Year’s, but this is an option.

Had a nice dream last night. Very affectionate, if a little surprising. Hell, even in my dream, I was taken aback.

Oh, and this is a very nice picture of me taken when Nishma was visiting. I think I found my new biodata pic.

Why can’t all weekends be this nice?

December 20, 2005

On Friday night, a bunch of us went out to the Suede Club in SF. The place must have been 75% East Asian. It could have been worse, I guess. It could have been a desi party.

Spent Saturday hanging out with Rakhi and friends, helping her pack and such. After seeing her off at the airport, I saw Jeff Dunham . If you haven’t seen this guy perform before and you have a chance, go. I promise, you won’t regret it.

Sunday was a good day. First, India recovered from a poor start to dominate their game against Sri Lanka. Then I saw a rainbow amidst the rain while driving to GMAT class. Then I got a 770 on the practice test. Then I took a nap at home and did some GMAT homework. Nothing exceptional, but just a good, productive day. ;Of course, the highlight was when I picked this up from the leasing office. I’ve heard one of the three CDs so far, and it’s been amazing ! I just wish I had a DVD-Audio system in my car…

There’s other stuff ;I ;feel like ;ranting about, but I think I’ll pass for now. See if it’s still bothering me tomorrow.

And in other news, I succumbed to the siren call of Netflix. I just couldn’t stay away anymore. Renewed my membership this morning. I’m weak.


December 17, 2005

I asked for a do-over, but I did it in an unobtrusive way (at least, as far as I’m concerned) and without making the situation worse (I think). Now we find out if there’s still a game. Either way, the ball is officially not in my court anymore.

One of the recent events that I wanted to blog about was my registration for the San Jose Rock ‘n Roll Marathon next October. I decided to register early as a way of getting my ass into gear when the time rolls around. When I actually start ; the official “Half Marathon Training Regimen”, I’ll try to keep near daily blogs on how it’s going. Of course, my ultimate goal is to try to work my way up to a full marathon. The way I have it tentatively scheduled, the half marathon can be part of my training for a full marathon in early December. To that end, I have two options:
1) Sacramento : Very highly rated marathon. Especially good for marathoning newbies. Plus, it’s close by, so I can ask/convince/threaten some friends to show up for moral support if need be. It’ll also be a lot cheaper, since I can drive there the day before, crash at a motel, and drive back the night of.
2) Honolulu : This would be a harder marathon ;to run, especially because of the tropical weather. Also, I’d have to pay for airfare and hotel for at least 3 nights, and I’d have to go by myself. The upside is, it’s Hawai’i!

Neither of them have even opened registration for 2006 yet, so I still got plenty of time to decide. I’m leaning towards Sac myself, if only because it’s more convenient, and I don’t want to go to Hawai’i by myself.

Happy Birthday To Me!!

December 16, 2005

I just remembered, I’m 2 years old at work today.

*Edit* Ok fine, it’s not a birthday, it’s an anniversary.

Fine, fine… I’ll stop being an attention whore!

December 15, 2005

The two people I named in my last post as reading my blog both commented to confirm that yes, they do indeed read my blog. Fine. I was kinda missing this thing anyway. Had some things I wanted to write about, but first, something that came to mind this morning. Be warned, I’m going to talk about this subject using cricket as an analogy. However, the comparison will be tangential, and no prior knowledge is required. You just need to know that it’s a bad thing for a batsman (aka batter) to get out.

As a child, when I played cricket with my friends, we used a concept known as the “Trial Ball”. Basically, the first ball didn’t count. It wasn’t mandatory, but there was no harm in it, so people never complained when someone wanted to start out with a Trial Ball. If you played well on that first ball, you took it as a confidence booster. And if you played poorly on that ball, you shrugged your shoulders and treated it as a warning. No big deal. The thing is, you had to call the ball a Trial Ball before it actually happened.

The problem arises when no one asks for a trial ball. The first ball is delivered, and something goes wrong for a player. For example, the batsman gets out. That’s when he asks for the ball to be treated as a Trial Ball, after the fact. In other words, he’d like a do-over, maybe because he did something stupid and wants a second chance. Unfortunately, the odds of him getting that second chance are slim to none. Still, he’s gotta try, right?

The reason this analogy came to mind is because I recently “played a ball” very poorly, and I am wondering whether or not to ask for it to be a Trial Ball. In other words, I’d like a do-over, because I definitely did something stupid and want a second chance. The risk here, however, is rather great. Here are the possible outcomes:
1) The game might still be on, and if I ask for a do-over, I might just get it. Obviously, there’s no guarantee I won’t fuck up again, but at least I got a second chance to try. This is the good outcome.
2) The game might still be on, but is in a very delicate phase. Asking for a do-over would just make things worse and definitely end the game. This is the bad outcome.
3) The game has ended. Asking for a do-over is pointless. I should just pack up my gear and go home. This is the default outcome.

So, what do I do? And yes, I know I analyse these things too much. *sigh*

Aren’t you glad I’m back?

Anyone there?

December 9, 2005

So, I know that at least two people (Stix and Nish) read this blog. Kalpesh ;occasionally logs in when he wants to print out some bathroom reading. And Sayani sometimes remembers to take a look at it. Deepti hasn’t mentioned it in a while, but I think she still reads it. Is there anyone else? Would anyone really care if I stopped updating? ;Not sure ;if Kumar still maintains his blog. ;Sirm has pretty ;much ;gone off the radar. Dik ;seems to have embraced the NYC lifestyle completely. Ishani has just flat out ;disappeared (or she’s avoiding me like the plague). ;I’m just starting to wonder if this is even worth the effort anymore. I know some people like to ;write private entries and treat this ;as their own personal diary, but that’s not my style. I like writing this thing because I assume that people are interested in what’s going on in my life, and as all my friends know, I like telling people about my life. It’s the kind of catharsis that comes from story-telling. A sort of unburdening, if you will. But if there’s no one reading, then this becomes more or less me talking out loud to myself, and Lord knows I do enough of that already.

The way I figure it, if I turn this thing off and no one misses it, then it doesn’t really need to be on in the first place. So I’m putting ;the blog ;on an indefinite hiatus. If you’d like me to keep writing, let me know. Otherwise, I’m officially going to stop feeling guilty about not updating this thing regularly.

Take care, and keep smiling. It’s been fun. Usually. Adios.

*edit* By the way, I still reserve the right to update this thing if something really cool happens. Just so you know…

I shoulda stayed home…

December 9, 2005

The NErF dinner last night wasn’t terribly exciting. Rakhi wasn’t feeling well, so I ended up swinging solo again. But I had considerably less fun this time than at the gala last week. The “contact” that I thought I made last week? Yeah, I think that might have been wishful thinking more than anything else. ;Anyway, the “entertainment” was quite underwhelming, and there was significantly less contact among the attendees. One of the events that I enjoyed the most last year was when they randomly reassigned people to different tables, and played games so that the new table-mates were forced to get to know each other a little better. Nothing like that happened this time, and the whole thing turned out to quite a drag. Of course, it didn’t help that I couldn’t find a place to sit next to anyone I knew. The whole event reminded me a little too much of my time in college. ;I really need to get better at this whole “clique”-joining thing.