Sena 4 Phoenix 2

Losing games to Anaheim, Los Angeles & San Jose was hard. Winning their games in Arizona against the Phoenix Coyotes snapped their 3 game losing streak but it doesn’t change the fact that the Sens are in big trouble. Their defense is leaking goals and they aren’t scoring as many in return to counter that.

Mike Fisher scored two goals, his first in 19 games, adding to Phoenix’s home woes with a 4-2 victory over the fading Coyotes. He has 21 goals this season. Dany Heatley scored the go-ahead goal, his 32nd of the season, on a power play 1:33 into the third period, then Antoine Vermette’s rebound goal made it 4-2 at 9:59. Ottawa improved to 2-3-1 since John Paddock was fired and general manager Bryan Murray returned as coach.

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Ottawa was without leading scorer & captain Daniel Alfredsson for the third straight game because of back spasms.

Cartoon Fever

The last few days I’ve been coming home late, after 11 or 12 hour work hours. I hate leaving the office that late but it was just necessary these few days. But I’m too tired to do much once I get home. Anything other than watching a bit of tv or a movie or playing some music is taxing enough. Add the fact that I’ve been losing sleep, it makes me very tired. I try to watch some wrestling or catch a tv series or some…cartoons!

So yeah, I’m 31 and I like cartoons. So sue me, eat my shorts. Not all of them, just a few that I like. Like Tom & Jerry or Popeye! Here’s Popeye with his gal Olive Oyl. We have a girl in the office who looks like Olive, with a similar nose! She kinda blushes when people call her that. So what do I do? When she passes by I go “toot, toot”!

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Today I got a call from a friend, Shiju, who I haven’t spoken to in 9 years. He had got my current number by chance and decided to call me up. It took me a while to remember who he was. We spoke about the last time we met, when he came by my house and gave me a small bottle of Absolut vodka. He was working in the Merchant Navy at the time and then had left it to join a company in Bangalore. Currently he was working for a Bank in Hyderabad and was married with two kids.

After the usual catching up and stuff, I asked him about James. The expected silence was followed by a sigh. James was his best friend from the age of 10 and a mutual friend of ours. They were inseparable and did all kind of things together. They even worked in the stock market together for a few years – until James went missing. The rumours were that he had a huge gambling debt or that he had borrowed a large sum of money for his sister’s wedding and stuff.  Whatever the truth about the reason is, the fact remains that James has been missing and is presumed dead for the last 10 years.

Today would mark the 10 anniversary of his disappearance.

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Keys + Chains

While getting ready today, I decided that the key chains to one of my cupboards in my room was too large & silly to be of any practical use. Its a plastic bubble with a form of an AC Milan jersey inside it. It looked fun to have such a key chain at the time but now it just feels silly. My apartment keys are attached to a key chain with the old Hutch logo. Then I have a bunch of keys with no key chains attached to them. Its kind of easy to keep a track of your keys if you have a key chain to go along with.

I have seen my share of key chains – cigarette shape, shaving razor shape, tennis racket, cricket bat, lighter, guitar and several other shapes. I think I need to buy a few key chains just to keep things easier to pick off doors & tables.

For Life

Learning about Jeff Healey’s death due to cancer is one thing. The fact sinking in is totally another. It makes you think. Guy, who was already blind, heavily talented, successful, helpful to other people’s careers, made a name for himself, has a loving wife & two kids, and yet he loses his life to cancer at the age of 41. Makes me ask myself “What do you have going for you?”

Also it puts another thing into perspective. My friend and colleague, who is throwing her life away for the sake of an asshole druggie & wife beater. She tried to commit suicide and she has made almost everyone hate her because of the things she has done. She knowingly went to marry this moron who has a drug taking & violent history and gets beaten up herself and then goes back for more. A few days back when she left things were hopeless, she took an overdose of pills and it was only due to her landlady’s concern that she is still breathing today.

Makes me wonder.

Jeff Healey RIP

The world is not right. Its a shame that the great man couldn’t live longer in this world. Jeff Healey, blind blues rock guitar wizard & jazz musician died in a Toronto hospital today due to cancer. He was just 41 years old. His lifelong struggle with the dreaded disease that took away his eyes at the age of 1, finally gave in and the cancer won. The Grammy-nominated Healey rose to stardom as the leader of the Jeff Healey Band, a rock-oriented trio that gained international acclaim and platinum record sales with the 1988 album See the Light. The album included the hit single Angel Eyes. Healey was considered a prodigy and earned numerous Juno and Grammy nominations in the course of his career.

I got to know about Healey and his music back in 1990 when a friend of mine loaned me his copy of Hell To Pay and I played it 20 times during the following week. I soon bought my own copy of the album and was a huge fan to this day. I came to know about his blindness in 1998 and my admiration for him grew. His death came weeks before the release of his first rock album in eight years. Mess of Blues is slated for a North American release on April 22.

Rest in peace Jeff.  The cancer can’t get to you no more.

Cosmic Troubadour

When I think of the world’s best rock bass players, Billy Sheehan is one of the top 5 names to immediately come to my mind. He is one of the best, if not the best, bassists to have ever played. Billy has been called the ‘Eddie Van Halen’ of bass, but since the first really great guitarist that he has played with was Steve Vai, I often refer to him as the bass world’s equivalent of Vai. Having played with Talas, Mr. Big, Niacin, David Lee Roth & Steve Vai, Sheehan has come to be known as a real road warrior & a great musician. His second solo album Cosmic Troubadour was released in 2005 and last night and today, I was able to get a copy through an online friend of mine in Florida. Songs from the cd might be strange for the casual listener as, unlike in normal rock songs, the guitar is in the background and the bass is in the soloist (shredder) spotlight and in your face.

Toss It In The Flame starts things off with Billy singing, something he rarely does. Although he isn’t bad, the vocals pale in comparison to the man’s bass playing abilities. That being said, its a good song. Back In The Day follows; sounding a semi-Neo-Classical and traces of Dream Theatre influences. The title of the album is taken from a line in this song. The Suspense Is Killing Me comes at you with the intensity of a high speed train running off the tracks and sounding like it could belong at home in a James Bond movie soundtrack. From The Back Seat is a look at the world from a different perspective.

Don’t Look Down starts all mellow and then speeds up, with jazz tastes in the beginning. Something She Said is one of the best tracks on the cd. Up comes Dreams Of Discontent with its sci-fi soundtrack feel, definitely the album highlight along with Suspense…. Dig A Hole, Taj, The Lift, Long Walk Home, Tower In The Sky & Indisputable Truth follow.

Hope is the only ballad on the album and is one of the best instrumentals I have heard. Finally the bonus track A Million Tears Ago completes the album which showcases Billy’s indisputable talent and reputation as one of the best musicians to have come out with material during the last 20 years or more. I have had the chance to correspond with Billy via email, a couple of years ago and he is as down to earth as he is talented. For those who thought the bass can’t star in a rock album – take a listen!


Mike Myers is a comical genius of the highest order. He is best known for creating larger than life characters through which he makes the world laugh. Shrek, Wayne Campbell, Austin Powers, Fat Bastard, Dr. Evil etc. Now add to that – Pitka! In his latest movie, Myers acts as an American who was raised by gurus in India and has become a commericial love guru for the masses. This is just too funny. The Toronto Maple Leafs offer him $ 2 million to make their star player get better again by reuniting him with his estranged wife. Jessica Alba, Ben Kingsley & Vern Troyer also act in this movie. I saw the trailer on youtube and man it is hilarious. I am so looking forward to this movie, if the trailer is that funny, my side are bound to split when I see the entire film. Something I am looking forward to is the version of ‘More Than Words’ that Mike sings with a sitar! Holy shit!

Something this good must have a flaw, rite? Yes it does! Justin Timbersucks is in it! Yuck!

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Sens End 3 Game Skid

What is wrong with the Ottawa Senators? They dominated the early part of the season, along with the Detroit Red Wings, building up a very strong lead over the rest of the East. They finally lose a few matches but are still strong. Then they beat Detroit, in what was billed as a possible Stanley Cup final preview – and they went off the rails.

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The Sens lost sight of who they actually are and they started losing games. Badly. They lost 5-0 to the Toronto Maple Leafs a few games ago for crying out loud. The Leafs, who the Sens usually rake off the ice at the end of the game. They got shut out twice in a row and that almost never happens. We got some good players before the deadline, in Mike Commodore, Cory Stillman & lately Martin Lapointe. While adding size, speed & veteran leadership respectively, and not to mention 5 Stanley Cups between them, they team hasn’t been able to gel yet. Just a couple of wins recently and lost the top spot in the East to nearby rivals, The Montreal Canadiens. All is not lost, they will still make the playoffs and I prefer that they lose a few games here and win the Cup. That is most important.

Last nite they beat the Pitssburgh 5-4, with a couple of goals by captain Daniel Alfredsson and goals by Antoine Vermette, Lapointe and Dany Heatley. We need the defence to stop the goals, the offence to keep slapping in those pucks and great goaltending.

Share Mp3

Taking a bit of a page from Mike Boon’s book, once in a while I shall share the link to some really good songs (in mp3 formats) with whoever comes here and choses to download it. I have no claim over this mp3 and its not hosted on my server, I’m showing you the path for something that was already there. For the first song, let it be an instrumental, focusing mainly on the bass guitar. Its a really cool song and sticks in your mind long after the song has gotten over.

The Suspense Is Killing Me -  Billy Sheehan