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Pickup Lines #1

Are you an orphanage? Cause I wanna give you kids.

I was feeling a little off today, but you definitely turned me on.

Are you my Appendix? Because I have a funny feeling in my stomach that makes me feel like I should take you out.

Sorry, but you owe me a drink. [Why?] Because when I looked at you, I dropped mine.

Are you a parking ticket? ‘Cause you’ve got fine written all over you.

You look cold. Want to use me as a blanket?

I was so enchanted by your beauty that I ran into that wall over there. So I’m going to need your name and number for insurance purposes.

Is there an airport nearby or is that just my heart taking off?

I’m not staring at your boobs. I’m staring at your heart.

You’re the only girl I love now… but in ten years, I’ll love another girl. She’ll call you ‘Mommy.’

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Sixteen & Life

Tell us all about the person you were when you were sixteen. If you haven’t yet hit sixteen, tell us about the person you want to be at sixteen.

I was a regular teen but extremely naive, innocent and positive. I had such a positive outlook on life. I trusted blindly, I believed in people, I thought the best in everyone until proven wrong and I went into everything with a blind eye. I was eye open wide, deer caught in the headlights, babe in the woods kinda 16 years old. I was well liked and people trusted me back but I was also the kinda person who got into trouble for trusting too much because when someone wanted to take advantage of the fact that I was an easy target.

I never recovered from things that happened between the ages of 16-21. I am the person that I am because of those years. I was in the wrong crowd, the wrong place, with the wrong set of people for me. I never had a chance. I don’t blame any of them though – I blame myself! I should have known better and been more wiser and choosier. I didn’t and wasn’t. I fell for it. I paid the price. I still am paying the price. Regrets are what I think of most about the person I was when I was 16. It will haunt me for the rest of my life.

I do miss the 16 year old me though.

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Food Review #46

As posted recently, while I Chennai I found myself in the Phoenix Mall where they had the Chennai branch of the Hard Rock Cafe. I was delighted that I got a chance to go there and really did enjoy the lunch. Now this is a burger! Awesome huge BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger & a Liquid Lust drink at the Hard Rock Cafe. That burger tasted like an orgasm! Amazing! The fruit mocktail was really good too. I also took a quick video of the rock band posters on part of their walls.

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Work Week Schedule For Food & Coffee

I suddenly have suddenly stopped eating breakfast on weekdays. It just happened like that. Weekends I follow my usual routine of getting breakfast by 8:30 or 9 am at the most along with two cups of coffee. However, while Monday might be an exception, I skip breakfast altogether during the weekdays and only have 2 cups of coffee all morning until I have my lunch at around 1:30pm-2pm. This has become a regular thing for me.

Although when I go out I feel like having some really good food and lots of it, my work week has been like this in terms of food – I wake up around 8-8:30 am and drink one large cup of milk coffee after I wash my face and brush my teeth. At around 10:30 am or 11 am I drink another large cup of coffee but without milk. By 1:30 pm I will have shaved and showered and I eat lunch. Anytime between 5 pm to 6pm I have a coffee and a small snack with my colleagues at the office cafeteria and by 8:30 pm I have dinner.

On some days, depending on how tired or sleepy I am, I will have a cup of coffee at the office between 11pm-12am. That is not regular but I do need it on some days.

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Arsenal 0 Liverpool 0

Liverpool maintained their unbeaten start to the Premier League season as they played out a thrilling goalless draw with Arsenal at Emirates Stadium. In a game littered with chances, brilliant goalkeeping and defensive mistakes, it was almost beyond belief that neither side could carve out a victory and deliver an early psychological blow among the contenders at the top of the table. Liverpool dominated the first half but found Petr Cech in magnificent form as the former Chelsea goalkeeper saved miraculously from Christian Benteke and turned Philippe Coutinho’s shot on to a post.

Coutinho also struck the bar in the third minute – and while Arsenal’s opportunities were few, they were furious that Aaron Ramsey’s early strike was ruled out for offside. Arsenal regrouped and dominated much of the second half, Alexis Sanchez hitting the post and Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet producing a fine reflex save from Olivier Giroud. When Arsenal bought Cech for £10m from Chelsea in June, the instant wisdom was that his presence alone could be worth an extra 10 points to the Gunners. Time will tell, but this was the night when the 33-year-old showed just how important a signing he could be as the Gunners try finally to mount a serious Premier League title challenge. He spread himself brilliantly to turn away Benteke’s close-range effort when it seemed certain the Belgium striker would score, then showed he still retains the old athleticism to stretch and tip Coutinho’s curling shot against an upright. If any Arsenal fans harboured doubts about his purchase, this was a display to dispel them.

Arsenal showed great spirit to recover from a first half in which their defending was horrendous to have the better of the second. It should be placed in context by the fact they were robbed of their first-choice central defensive partnership of Per Mertesacker through illness and Laurent Koscielny with a back injury. But this game and the results of the 1st 3 games have shown me that we won’t be ready to challenge for the league this year or the next unless things change. And they have to change a lot!

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Fate Or Choice

Do you believe in fate or do you believe you can control your own destiny?

I don’t believe in fate. Not as in fate that has already been set out for you and you are just following like a wind-up toy monkey! No that kind of fate I do not believe in at all. But I do believe that our “fate” is determined by the actions and choices and decisions we make earlier on in our life. Especially in key moments that can decide the rest of or atleast a larger part of our lives.

Unfortunately there is no way that you can reverse a decision in life once it becomes a fact. Hindsight always being 20/20 you can’t change your decision. I wish I could have done so many things differently. I can’t change things. Hence I cannot do much to change things that are directly affected by the decisions (for the most part). Hence yes those things do affect the rest of your life or hopefully just some of it. But I do think that when one gets the chance to make a change that will enable you to control your destiny, grab it with both hands and go with it with full gusto.

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Food Review #45

For the 45th review it is the airplane food served to me on an Air India flight on the 10th of August. Quick little video of what they served – a veggie sandwich that was cold and about half the size of a proper sandwich meal, a box cartoon of Mango juice and a small bottle of water. Ohh exciting!

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Pitch Perfect 2

I had watched the first movie twice last year (once on cable and once on dvd) and liked it a lot, much more than I expected to. The sequel, simply titled Pitch Perfect 2 came out this year and is once again directed & co-produced by Elizabeth Banks and stars Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow, Alexis Knapp, Hana Mae Lee, Ester Dean, Chrissie Fit, Kelley Jakle, and Shelley Regner as The Bellas. Banks, Skylar Astin, Adam Devine and Anna Camp return in their previous roles while Katey Sagal has a supporting role as a former Bella and Snoop Dog has a cameo.

It’s been 4 years since the events of the first film and the Bellas have won the nationals 3 years in a row. During a performance at President Obama’s birthday gala, disaster strikes when Fat Amy’s airlifting solo goes awry with her bottoms ripping and both her butt & front being displayed for all to see and they are suspended from performing in any a cappella showcase. Beca makes a deal to allow the Bellas be reinstated if they win the Worlds a cappella tournament. While the girls start practising for the worlds, Becca meanwhile has been secretly also working as an intern in a real studio impresses her boss with her mashup skills for Snoop Dogg’s Christmas album and is given a chance to become a producer. Only her boyfriend Jesse knows but Fat Amy soon finds out and advises Beca to tell the other Bellas.

The Bellas welcome freshman Emily Junk, who auditions for and impresses the ladies, to the delight of her mom who was a former Bella in the 80s. That night, the Bellas have a party with the Treblemakers and several other a capella students, where Benji awkwardly develops a crush towards Emily. The Bellas later attend a car show where they were initially due to perform, to meet their replacements, German powerhouse “Das Sound Machine” (DSM) – led by intimidating duo Pieter Krämer and Kommissar. They then attend an exclusive riff off, but lose to DSM in the final round when Emily flubs an attempt to sing her own song. The Bellas have another disaster when at another event things go wrong mid performance when Cynthia-Rose has her hair set ablaze by pyro. In response Chloe takes all the Bellas on a retreat, which is run by former leader of the Bellas Aubrey Posen, saying that they need to regain their lost harmony. While there Becca admits that she has been working as an intern because she is worried about her future after graduation. Each Bella talks about their dreams and hopes and they sing and talk about how much being a Bella has meant to them.

The senior Bellas graduate and all head off to Copenhagen for the Worlds a capella tournament, with Jesse and Benji to cheer them on. The Bellas perform along with Emily’s original song with the help of several former Bellas, including Aubrey and Emily’s mother, winning them the competition. Afterwards, Emily is given a proper initiation by the senior Bellas.

Funny and cool like the first one, though I still can’t stand most of the songs and style of singing. It’s good that the movie is funny plus I love Anna Kendrick and Brittany Snow. Good fun movie for the weekend. 8 outta 10!

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Green With Envy

Tell us about the last time you were really, truly jealous of someone. Did you act on it? Did it hurt your relationship?

I’m jealous all the time. Of a lot of people. People who have more money than me. Who have a nice apartment or a house. People who have married the love of their lives. Who have a nice, cute family with a couple of kids. Jealous of people who can play instruments really well. Who stay in fancy hotels and drive expensive cars and get to jet to all these great places.

Why should some people be so lucky? Tall, slim, well built, great clothes, nice shoes, latest gadgets, beautiful women with them, great perks, fancy meals, fame, success, money and lots of other things. Why them and not me? Some of them don’t even deserve it at all. I should have some luck. But I never do.

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Krispy Kreme – Donut & Coffee

Another first for me while in Chennai was trying out a Krispy Kreme coffee and a donut! Now this is yet another international franchise which I had heard so much about (it’s what Homer Simpson loves right?) but I had never ever seen one before. A surprise was that when I reached the Chennai airport on my way back home to Cochin, I saw that they had a Krispy Kreme outlet in the airport, past the check in section.

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Not having had lunch – or rather I had bought a sandwich at the airport but it was cold and tasteless so I threw it away after a couple of bites – I bought myself an iced cappuccino and a chocolate glazed donut (I forgot the name of the donut).

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I selected the donut after much oogling, drooling and staring at the selections they had on offer. I must say that that display really looked amazing. I loved it. Enjoy the pics!

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Nothin’ But A Good But Not Too Exciting Time

Imagine that tomorrow, all of your duties and obligations evaporate for the day. You get the day all to yourself, to do anything you please. What types of fun activities would make your day?

It will be the usual stuff and nothing too exciting. I might go out for a while, spend the morning in a cafe drinking a nice large cold coffee with a snack or a sandwich. I might read a book or listen to some music while I am there or even log on to social media on my phone. A good 2-3 hours like that would be great. After that I would head to a bar or a beer parlour and drink a couple of beers while watching football on the television and enjoy the afternoon. A late lunch would be something like a pizza or maybe a burger or even Chinese or tandoori food.

I could also watch movies or tv shows all day and hang out in my bedroom. Or listen to music all day and sleep in. Order in some food, bring out the vodka or white rum with coke and chill in the living room watching stuff on tv. Or go hang out with some friends and or cousins and have a good time. Or maybe just bring my sister and her kids to my place and enjoy a nice dinner with my folks as well. The simple stuff that I tend to do most weekends or a holiday in between.

I guess I am simple, boring, nothing much exciting happening in my life kinda guy.

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Rumour Or Truth? Benzema Deal Almost Done

The latest ‘news’ is that Arsenal have reportedly chartered a private jet to bring Benzema to England and have arranged for him to stay at a ‘five-star hotel in London’ ahead of undergoing a medical with the club… on Monday! These claims are being made by Italian journalist Emanuele Giulianelli, who has become a familiar figure to Arsenal fans for his regular updates on the Benzema saga. His stance seems to be if you throw enough spaghetti at the wall, some of it might stick. Other reports too suggest that Arsenal are edging closer to signing Real Madrid’s French striker Karim Benzema, and a deal could be completed as early as next week. Indications are that a £48m fee has been agreed between the North London side and Real, with the deal to be completed and announced next week.

Rodney Marsh believes the deal is close to happening too. He told TalkSport: “I had a phone call from a mate of mine, and he’s been right on many things. “He said that he believes Real Madrid have accepted a bid somewhere in the region of £48m for Benzema from Arsenal.” Benzema has made almost 200 La Liga performances for Real since signing from Lyon in 2009, and scored 87 goals. He signed a new five-year deal at the Bernabeu in August 2014, and earned himself a little bit of Real history by Benzema scored Real Madrid’s 1,000th goal in European competition after netting a goal in a 5–1 victory over Basel in the first match of the Champions League Group Stage the following month.

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Food Review # 44

My very first visit to a Starbuck’s – I had the Iced Caramel Macchiato & Basil, Tomato & Mozzarella Sandwich. I’m skipping quite a few videos to post this one here because my visit to Chennai was a short one and I just blogged about this visit to the famed coffeeshop franchise. So here is my review of the Starbucks food & coffee.

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RIP Yvonne Craig

Yvonne Craig, an American ballet dancer and actress best known for her role as Batgirl from the 1960s television series Batman, and as the Orion slave girl Marta in the Star Trek episode “Whom Gods Destroy”. died this week after a long two-year battle with breast cancer. She was 78. Craig was a pioneer of female superheroes on screen. As an actress, she originated the role of Batgirl in the 1960s “Batman” television series. As a trained dancer, she did her own stunts. The cancer metastasized to her liver, and she died Monday in her home in Pacific Palisades.

She originally trained to be a ballet dancer and was a member of the corps de ballet of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in the 1950s. Gradually, she moved into acting, and in 1959 appeared in three films: The Young Land, The Gene Krupa Story, and Gidget. She also had a guest role as Beverly Mills in the 1959 episode “Little Miss Wow” of the television series Mr. Lucky. In 1960, she appeared with Bing Crosby in High Time. In the following year, she appeared with Cesar Romero in Seven Women from Hell. Romero would later play the Joker in Batman. Another connection to Batman occurred when Craig appeared in “The Case of the Lazy Lover”, a 1958 episode of the television series Perry Mason, which also featured Neil Hamilton as her stepfather. Hamilton would later play her father, Commissioner Gordon, in Batman.

Yvonne starred in roles with Elvis Presley in two films: It Happened at the World’s Fair (1963) and Kissin’ Cousins (1964). She also starred in the cult sci-fi film Mars Needs Women (1966), and appeared in In Like Flint (1967) as a Russian ballet dancer opposite James Coburn. In the 1960s, with film roles beginning to taper off, she moved into television, appearing in several shows, including The Barbara Stanwyck Show, Death Valley Days, Hennesey, and My Three Sons. Craig appeared five times on The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, portraying five separate girlfriends for the titular character between 1959 and 1962. One of her more memorable roles came in 1969 when Craig appeared on Star Trek as Marta, a green-skinned Orion slave girl in the third-season episode “Whom Gods Destroy”. Craig’s highest profile would come with the cult 1960s television series Batman as Batgirl (and her alter ego, librarian Barbara Gordon, Commissioner Gordon’s daughter). She appeared in the final season (1967–196.

She eventually moved into private business. For a time, she was a co-producer of industrial shows, after which she worked successfully in the real estate business. She maintained her own internet Web site.

Yvonne Joyce Craig (May 16, 1937 – August 17, 2015)

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The Lonesome Stranger

So I just attended my cousin’s wedding, the one I blogged about a few days ago. The function was held in a nice airconditioned hall attached to one of the nicest hotels in the city. Having only slept by 3am and woken up at 7:30 am I was really in no mood to go early. I stayed in bed till 8:15 and lounged about in my room till 11 after which I showered and shaved and got ready to get to the venue. I reached there by 12 just before the bridegroom and bride reached.

I met my relatives and several people I rarely ever get to see. Including a cousin and his wife I see every 2 years or so, another younger cousin who I haven’t seen since 2000!! And boy has she grown up and changed but she treated me the same way she always did as a kid – a big hit on my shoulder! Sigh, being the big brother to little cousins never change! Several relatives who have gotten older and in some cases some who I may never see again unless there is a similar function. I tend to stay away from functions like weddings but this one I just had to attend.

I always feel sad after an event like this as I see all the happy faces. The inevitable question did pop up twice; by the same people who I expected to ask it as well. Actually 3 times but one person asked it twice. “When is yours”, “yours is next” and “shouldn’t you also tie the knot”. Questions I have no answers to at the moment. And that does make me sad. It’s not that I don’t want to but it’s not something I see on the horizon for me. It might never happen. So I the fine bachelor, the only one cousin remaining yet to be hitched. I am not in the mood to go to work now. I might leave early if possible.

It’s something I never foresaw when I was younger. That I would be a lonely guy scared to attend functions with family just so I could avoid the questions and the gossip.

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My First Tattoo – Tribal Dragon Design

Ok so I have been wanting to get a tattoo done for ages. I think I was 15 or so when I wanted to get a tattoo done because most of my favouite rock bands and artists had one or more than one. I’ve even blogged about it on a couple of times. One reason is that tattoos, even as they are getting more and more common, are still frowned upon where I live. Sure a lot more guys and girls have them these days but even 10-15 years back it was seen as not normal. Unless ofcourse it was a religious symbol (hypocrisy at it’s finest)!

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Also from the age of say 21-31 I never knew of any tattoo parlours (a good one or even just a single one) in my hometown or in Kerala. I asked around and never found any. Most people here would go to Mumbai or Bangalore or Delhi to get theirs done and I never travelled. In the recent years a couple of tattoo parlours have sprung up in Cochin and other cities in Kerala but I just never got round to getting one done. This year I remember telling my cousin that we should go together and get inked but he wasn’t that enthused about it.

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In Chennai it is more common so while I was at the mall on Friday I asked around for any tattoo parlours. There weren’t any in the mall or nearby but a store owner, who had a couple of tattoos guided me to a tattoo artist and his shop in Guindy, which is the area I was headed to next, and gave me his card as well. So off I went and met the tattoo artist, selected one design upon knowing that he wouldn’t do colour tattoos like red as the weather and our skin turns it into an ugly brown in a few weeks or months. So I went for all black. He took about an hour to do this and yes it did hurt but it was bearable pain.

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Initially I could see a bit of red sores and swelling. I took care of it and applied the ointment he recommended to me. 2 days later on Sunday I took this snap, once I was back home in my apartment in Cochin. It’s starting to feel a lot like a normal tattoo. I am very happy with the tattoo.

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Trying To Let Go

Tell us about a habit you’d like to break. Is there any way it can play a positive role in your life?

I’m not really sure if this can ever be positive in the least. The habit that I’d like to break is falling for the wrong girl. And by that I mean unattainable women and not that there is anything wrong with them. Other than the fact that I have no chance with them.

I guess that is why I am lonely and a still a bachelor at 39. The heart desires what the heart desires and I have no control over it (note – I know that it’s not the heart that chooses and that it’s actually the brain and chemicals but it’s a hard thing to change) and I guess that is a recurring thing for me. This time it’s probably the worst – I have fallen and fallen hard with a woman who is married and has a baby! Yes, I am that bad.

Yes she is gorgeous and beautiful but that isn’t what that attracted me to her and is making me feel this way. When I first met her, I thought “damn, she’s gorgeous” but nothing much beyond that. And I became her friend and started to get to know her. Now it’s almost 5 months later and I’ve gotten to know her pretty well and she’s amazing, funny, smart and she enjoys a lot of things that I enjoy and I can joke with her and make her laugh. I realized a few weeks ago that I had started thinking about her a lot and that I didn’t even realize that it has happened.

I even tried avoiding her for a while but it just made her think something was wrong with me. Two weeks ago I spent some time with her over two days and I enjoyed it so much and yet my heart was breaking inside as I knew that nothing would ever happen. I was away for a week for work purposes and all I could think of the whole journey to and fro and the days in between was here. About how I wish I had met her a few years ago. About how much I wish things were different.

I know eventually I will get over it and I have no plans of even giving her a hint of how I really feel about her. But it is tough to get over. I wish I didn’t feel this way. But while I am on the subject of wishing, can I wish to go back in time and be the one who wins her heart?

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