Sunday, December 31, 2006
At 8:30 a.m., we had breakfast at the guest house and then left for the airport to pick up Madelyn. She landed at 10:15ish and she was out within an hour and a half. We added her luggage to our pile and headed for my hometown, Ludhiana.
We had 8 people in the car, my uncle up front with the driver, my dad with me and Jeff in he middle and Nate, Madelyn and my sister in the back:
On the way home, we stopped at Haveli, a really cool restaurant where they have depicted the rural Punjabi life. I have to mention how much cheaper it is to eat Indian food at a very nice restaurant here; e paid about 800 Rupees for the 7 of us to eat (that's a little over $18 for us in America).
We had a long drive to Ludhiana, amidst a lot of diesel fumes and traffic. When we arrived at my parents' house, the place was all lit up and my mom was waiting with a ceremonial plate. Except, as soon as Jeff stepped out, he almost fell. My sister had to call the Doctor who lives next door who suggested we get antibiotics for him. After eating Chinese food (chicken manchurian, chow mein, fried rice, crispy tangy noodles and much much more), we put this long and tiring day to bed. Oh, Prakash, Madelyn's friend from Dubai, had also arrived in Ludhiana before we got there.
Whew! Long flight. It wasn't too bad. We slept as well as we could, we were well fed and we landed safely. What else could we want?
We put our gazillion suitcases in the car and tied on top. We got yelled at by a cop because the driver parked in front of the police station. But, no arrests. On the way to the International Council of Agricultural Research's (ICAR) International Guest House, the driver got on an on ramp where he was supposed to follow the road on the left. Now, in the U.S., we'd go on and find the next off ramp and find our way back. Not in India. The driver just backed up off the ramp and wet the right way.
By the way, they have driving lanes and traffic lights but nobody follows any of the rules.
We stayed the night at the ICAR guest house in the VIP Suite (Jeff and I had one, Nate had one and my family had one).
Monday, December 25, 2006
Hasta la vista! Talk to you from India, folks.
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Childhood: Carom, badminton, chess, scrabble, chinese checkers, hangman, cricket
Schoolyard: basketball, volleyball, dodgeball
When I discovered computers: Alleycat, pacman, billiards, various card games on Yahoo!, bricks, tetris
Now that I have video games: Area 51, DDR, Karoake Revolution, Tony Hawk, Soul Caliber, Call of Duty
Board games: Monopoly, Cranium, Taboo, UNO
There have to be more but I cannot remember!
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
So, bottom line, I enjoyed the movie except for the ending. Will talk about that a few weeks from now when I might have a better chance of not spoiling it for somebody out there.
Monday, December 11, 2006
See the rest of the pics from the dance at my Yahoo Album.
Sunday, Jeff and I went to the National Aquarium in Baltimore. They had a really cool movie on Australia and how a certain region floods half the year and has drought and wild fires the other half. Then, we saw cool fauna from Australia. We also saw dolphins being trained. We didn't see half of the aquarium because of hunger issues but we have free tickets to go back. Check out the cool animals in the Aquarium photos on my Yahoo!We also ventured out to Historic Fells Point after the aquarium. It's a really quaint little area, with small shops and cobblestone roads. We had lunch there at a place called Burritos en Fuego. I have to agree with Jeff that that was the best Mexican food we've had since we moved out of CA.
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Wow, what a big issue for the people of this country.
The luggage made it. The boxes didn't. The boxes had all my important documents, files, gifts from people. FEDEX had to refund me the shipping money. The boxes resurfaced 2 weeks later at another apartment building 2 blocks down from my apartment building. Some things were broken. FEDEX had to further pay me for my broken stuff.
Fast forward to 2006. I bought a garment bag from Oerstock.com that was shipped via FEDEX. Online tracking system says it was delivered to an alternate address and signed for by LLEASING. Nobody in my leasing office saw the FEDEX guy yesterday.
You decide: incompetency, coincidences or a conspiracy against me?
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Monday, November 27, 2006
Click on your state and see the number and type of hate groups that exist around you.
WHAT??? Let's list the pros and cons of this guy.
- He's a doctor
- He's an OB-GYN
- He believes that abstinence is THE only form of birth control that should be used
- He believes that distributing contraceptives demeans women
- He believes contraceptives increase out-of0marriage pregnancies
- He opposes abortion, birth control and sex education
- He's said that premarital sex makes women unable to form long lasting relationships
And so on.
I went to the website for A Woman's Concern where Keroackw as Director and in one of the FAQs, this is what I found:
"Q: How can I know if my boyfriend really loves me or is just with me for sex?
A: One way to find out how sincere he is would be to stop having sex. You don't want to use sex as a way to get something from him, but the risks that you are exposing yourself to and your concern about his motives suggest that putting sex off might be a good plan. If he really cares about you, your guy will respect your feelings and not pressure you. "
Am I the only one who wants to slapt he person who wrote that answer?
Another pearl of wisdom:
"Q: If I have sex at an early age but don't get pregnant or get an STD, how could it affect me?
A: Having sex at an early age often has an intense emotional impact on the people involved. In particular, breaking up can cause serious emotional pain including anxiety, heartache, guilt, and regret. "
Are they saying if you breakup with sombody you did not have sex with, it won't cause heartbreak, guilt, regret etc.?
I really cannot believe what Bush is doing, wait a second, I don't KNOW what he's doing. IS he just mad at the Democrats takign the House and the Senate back? Is he mad at the American people who voted for the Democrats? Is this his retaliation?
I think I might just move back to the Middle Ages. At least I wouldn't be expected to raise kids, cook, keep a clean house AND bring home a living wage. I could just be discriminated against and given no rights, but look pretty in poofy dresses and high heels and not be expected to have brains. If I am going to have my rights taken away, just take them all away. Make my man take care of me because my brain is too small.
What can we do about this issue? Maybe nothing but NOW has decided to send petitions to HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt to remove Keroack from the position or move him elsewhere. If you care anything about this matter, please go and sign the petition now!
Saturday, November 25, 2006
Friday, November 24, 2006
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Jeff and I had people over again because our first guest from the Bay Area is visiting us. Gagan and I went to school at Cal Satte Hayward for our undergrad together and taught at the tutoring center. She is a PhD student in Math at UConn and is spending her Thanksgiving break with us. I had a few people from work over and we PARTAYED like it was 1999.
Monday, November 20, 2006
About a week and a half ago, we had a note on our door telling us that they would be reinforcing our cielings (whatever that means) and we had to either keep our pets in their kennels all day for a week or on the patio. Now, the temeratures here were in the 50s that week, so the patio was out. And, cats don't really have a kennel. So, poor Bandit was a hermit in my car. He had his litter box moving at 70 mph as he's trying to do his business. His food's sloshing around. But, after his initial fright, he had a lot of fun as you can see from these photos.
Monday, November 13, 2006
Thursday, November 09, 2006
What is the plan?
That's a very important question for whoever's in power. Just the label "Democratic" does not mean everythign hunky dory. They need a plan too. They are in THE hot seat now. For months we've heard them say they have a plan but never really what that plan is. They can't just keep spewing the same line over and over again and expect the country to just lie back and take their word. We need to see something solid. What is their plan? For the soldiers in Iraq and for the people here. Is there a step by step plan to end the occupation (yes, it's an occupation; do not argue with me. ) in Iraq?
I don't have answers but as an American national, I believe I am allowed to ask questions of my leaders without knowing the answers. I expect them to have the answers to the BIG questions. Afterall, that's why we have them leading the country, right?
The Democratic party needs to realise they have 2 years now to show they have some spine and some cojones.
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
We didn't get to the restaurant till after 7 and they didn't get our orders till 7:30. We got a chicken and a lamb tapas dishes. The lamb was cold! The dessrts, flan and coffee mousse, were wonderful! So was the apertif I had, Licor 43. I need to find that in a store someplace.
We didn't get to the Symphony till Intermission, making us miss a Cello Concerto, but we made it in time for the Requiem. A coworker of mine had bought tickets with us and I was supposed to pick her up. I had to call her and tell her we'd meet her there during Intermission. Except, we get there and I couldn't find my phone! Then, I couldn't find our tickets. Thankfully, we found our tickets and our seats.
The show was amazing. It was my first Symphony. People had warned me that the Requiem was a dark piece but I had a completely different experience. I enjoyed it immensely. As long as I didn't read the translation, I thought it was uplifting.
So, all in all, I got to dress up and eat some good food and watch half of a really good Symphony.
If you don't know yet, it's Baklava!!! I finally did it! I looked at some recipes on AllRecipes, and then did a hybrid. I used a mix of almonds and pecans. I forgot to cut the whole thing before baking it which made the edges soggier when I poured the honey mix over the top. That just means all the edges will be eaten first :-D.
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Do you notice something? No? Let me tell you!!! There is a scratch on the side of my 6 month old car that somebody made from the front bumper to the rear bumper like they were ust walking long with a key stuck out and didn't notice that it was scratching my car!!!