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I couldn’t eat lunch but gulped down 4 hot coffees trying to sooth my throat. Pretty soon I couldn’t do much else other than slump in my seat while trying to finish off pending work. It became really bad as everyone who saw me kept asking the same thing “what the hell happened to you?” followed by a “go home”. I sneezed and cough and bared it till 5 :45 pm when I knew that I couldn’t continue further and I asked for a cab to drop me home. It would be 6:30 pm however when I left the office.

In 25 minutes I reached the shop near my house, where I wanted to buy some shampoo & some buns since I was hungry. No I wasn’t going to mix the shampoo with the buns! I wanted to buy a couple of packets of Knorr soup but the shop didn’t have any and neither did the small supermarket opposite them. I was in my apartment by 7:30 pm and ate a bun with chicken gravy. Nice! Then it was off to bed.

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I’m still sick today and my voice feels like I’m auditioning for the part of Deep Throat or Darth Vader! So I called in sick after arranging for a couple of things to be done. Gotta sleep some more now. And I need another coffee! Ooohhh, sneeze, achoo, cough, cough! Sorry!


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With a few seconds Arnav replied confidently, “Four!” The dismayed teacher was expecting an effortless correct answer (three). She was disappointed. “May be the child did not listen properly,” she thought. She repeated, “Arnav, listen carefully. It is very simple. You will be able to do it right if you listen carefully. If I give you one apple and one apple and one apple, how many apples will you have?”

Arnav had seen the disappointment on his teacher’s face. He calculated again on his fingers. But within him he was also searching for the answer that will make his teacher happy. This time hesitatingly he replied, “Four…” The disappointment stayed on teacher’s face. She remembered Arnav loves strawberries. She thought maybe he doesn’t like apples and that is making him lose focus. This time with exaggerated excitement and twinkling eyes she asked, “If I give you one strawberry and one strawberry and one strawberry, then how many will Arnav have?” Seeing the teacher happy, young Arnav calculated on his fingers again. There was no pressure on him, but a little on the teacher. She wanted her new approach to succeed. With a hesitating smile young Arnav enquired, “Three?”

The teacher now had a victorious smile. Her approach had succeeded. She wanted to congratulate herself. But one last thing remained. Once again she asked him, “Now if I give you one apple and one apple and one more apple how many will you have?” Promptly Arnav answered, “Four!”

The teacher was aghast. “How Arnav, how?” she demanded in a little stern and irritated voice. In a voice that was low hesitating young Arnav replied, “Because I already have one apple in my bag.”

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When someone gives me an answer that is different from what we are expecting, not necessarily they are wrong. There may be an angle that we have not understood at all.

A leader talks to the people & also look out for the apples in their bag!

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Jani Lane Arrested For Drunk Driving

Here’s a name from the 90s! Remember Warrant? Remember Cherry Pie? Remember that infamous video? Remember Jani Lane?

The on again, off again former singer of Warrant, Jani Lane, was recently arrested by the LAPD cops for drunk driving. Records show Jani was arrested late Wednesday in the San Fernando Valley. Police say the 45-year-old singer posted $30,000 bail on Thursday.

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Why do rock stars & other celebs get into such silly trouble as drunk driving? I mean, do they do it on purpose in order to get some spotlight on them? Their names in the papers & tabloids (and blogs) when their career ain’t so hot anymore?

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Well other than that, here’s the reasons why this endearing movie has so enamoured me.

  • The two lead actors; Tom Hanks is probably my favourite actor of all time and Meg Ryan is Meg Ryan.
  • A wonderful supporting cast with Greg Kinnear, Steve Zahn, Parker Posey, Dave Chappelle, Dabney Coleman & Heather Burns. Michael Badalucco has a tiny role as an elevator operator.
  • The setting – Manhattan’s Upper West Side is gorgeous, with a small town feel in the big city. An open market, coffeeshops, book stores and people who actually walk from their houses to work!
  • Meg’s & Hank’s townhouse apartments (I learned today that shopgirl’s abode is called a brownstone) – I just love the design & roomyness.
  • Brinkley the dog. A golden retriever that keeps running about in the scene in which Tom Hanks is deciding whether or not to reply to her mail, after he finds out who shopgirl is. Needless to say, I love goldens and would love to keep one in my apartment.

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A Fine Way To Spend Sunday

I had arranged with Binny to meet at Barista Cafe at around 12:15 pm today. Agenda – I was to bring my portable hard drive so he could copy Season 1 & half of Season 2 of Star Trek Voyager into his laptop. We’ve been planning this meeting for a few days but it got delayed due to my ankle sprain. Anyways, I also offered to give him a couple of other movies & tv stuff while he would give me a few movies from his giant list.

At around 11:45 am, Binny finished watching a movie and headed out to Bay Pride Mall only to find Barista closed (with a sign that read ‘Sorry for the inconvenience) and so the venue was changed to right next door – the Bay Pride Mall’s food court! By 12:15 I was there and we sipped our cold drinks and chatted while he copied the files. I got a few movies – You’ve Got Mail, Logan’s Run, Evan Almighty, Hot Fuzz & Apocalypto – copied into my external drive.

About an hour later, he went to meet his brother at the movies and I left to meet a friend at Velocity for drinks & lunch. Turns out my friend had to cancel but I was hungry and thirsty so what the fuck, I’m in a bar and so I ordered some noodles & pork and down four vodkas. The bar had a dvd of Boney M videos and live songs playing on their large tv. There was a group of 6 huge men in their late 40s and early 50s bouncing around and bopping about in their seats to the beat of Boney M. Bopping – I just love this word!

I enjoyed my lunch and drinks and it was time to get back to the apartment for a little snooze. I watched an episode of Star Trek Voyager before I slept and I woke up to get a cup of coffee and watched You’ve Got Mail. I’ve seen this movie about 10 or 12 times and I love it. There’s a couple of things that I want to post about this movie, so hold on for a bit.

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Ok, this is where I confess and admit that I might be a dirty, old goat in disguise. I know I should know better at my age but I can’t stop my dirty mind from fantasizing.

There’s this 18 year old girl that I know who recently came to join the company and from the moment I met her, I’ve had sexual thoughts about her. Her eyes look at you with that ‘come hither big boy’ look and when she fixes her big brown eyes at you, I swear I was getting aroused! I know, throws stones at me and flog me 30 times!

Lips, face, body – hot! But she’s just 18! She’s 14 years younger than I am. I twiced dreamed that I had sexual relations with her. It’s making me feel silly. When I even think of her, all I want to do is grab her, rip her clothes off and hump her! I’m almost ashamed of myself.

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Arsenal Add Vermaelen To Ranks

Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Belgian stopper Thomas Vermaelen on Friday evening. The deal is reported to be around 10 million pounds. The 23-year-old defender joins from Ajax Amsterdam on a long-term contract and has plenty of experience having played 143 matches for the Dutch team.

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Good move for the defence, I think, but Wenger – we now need to see attackers.

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The album starts off with the number Believe Me, a song berating the object of the singer’s affection. The album itself is more rockier than her usual style. Unrequitted love seems to be a common theme here; Bluebird, which just features her lovely sad voice accompanied by an organ is a woeful lament of not being loved back in return. The Enemy is a surprising dig at big music labels; not wanting to confrm to the ‘tits & ass’ and hip shaking of pop music, she states that ‘if you can’t market me, then I see you’ll see the end of me”.

Falling Out has a danceable beat, courtesy guitar & bass lines,  Here I Am is about the fame that accompanies celebrity status. This song also features Theresa singing in her famous scat style towards the end. River Bend is a ballad about longing to see more of the world. This is just a lovely song with longing lyrics. Sandy Eyes is a sweet song and her second single of the album.

Something Is Expected is the next track and it’s moody lead guitar break almost steals the show but for the almost psychedelic structure of the song. Tell Me Why is the best song in the album, with it’s laid back musical style and her introspective lyrics. I’m not sure who the ‘she’ is that is reffered to in the lyrics but I suspect it’s her soul or her music. Waiting is about accepting your short comings but it’s lyrics seem to tell that the far more experienced person is not necessarily the better person. Without Waking is another song that seems to be about the music industry and expectations. Yours Is Yours is about a jealous  lover (hidden meaning) who wants a lot but will not give or share.

Here’s Theresa singing Tell Me Why @ The Red Room in Vancouver.

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Hobbling On One Foot

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I slipped on some rain water as I went to the balcony of my apartment this morning and sprained it but thought nothing much off it at the time. I went to work and it started hurting a bit. Walking around and climbing two sets of stairs and by 4 pm my left foot was hurting and I thought I could feel some swelling on the ankle.

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Well, I’m not if you would lable me “nice” but I see a lot of myself & my cousin Manoj in Paul Blart Mall Cop . Enthusiastic about becoming a New Jersey trooper, Paul almost makes through the trials in good speed. But he suffers from hypoglycemia and dizziness costs him the job. He is cheered on by his mom and his daughter. Paul is lonely as his immigrant wife dumped him with a baby once she got her green card. He is low on confidence and misses companionship & love.

When the mall is attacked by a gang of robbers and take hostages (including Amy, the girl Paul pines for), it’s up to a misfit hero to save the day. He uses the training that he has had for 10 years while trying to pass the test to be a cop to his advantage and knocks out the robbers one by one. He uses his skills and his brain to outwit the thieves.

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I felt better today so I went back to work. Coming back home, I grabbed a cup of coffee…and proceeded to knock it onto the floor & break the cup, atleast half filled, and make a mess. I had to wipe the coffee off the floor, on my table and the right speaker. That another cup that I have destroyed in the recent past.

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I have asked the admin guys to look into it but it’s kinda urgent since I have to confirm my participation by 10 am tomorrow. I guess I’ll just get to the office a little early and try to arrange my trip. I would love to visit Bangalore for a couple of days but spending money is at a bare minimum! Oh flipping well!

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Notes For 15th June, 2009

  • Been eating a whole lot of fish, mackerel (aylla) to be more precise the last two days. Yesterday for lunch & dinner and this afternoon. Probably tonite for dinner as well.
  • I wasn’t able to go for the Cochin Bloggers meetup yesterday evening as I wasn’t feeling all that good. I took a sick leave today.
  • It’s been decided to go to Allepey for an office trip. This is for all the support staff at the office but as my team is not going, I don’t want to go either. My team (training), the Quality department & Ops TLs are to have a seperate workshop+party on another day. I’d rather be with my team.
  • I watched Russell Peters’ special Red, White & Brown on Youtube today. It’s hilarious.
  • I’m planning to watch either Twilight or Paul Blart : Mall Coptonight. Not sure which one to choose, so it’s depend on my mood at that time.
  • I’ve had some mixture mixed with half a ladoo, like the old times for an evening snack.
  • As I type this, I’ve had 2 cups of strong & sweet black coffee. I need them to keep me going.
  • I’ve just oiled & shampooed my hair in the shower. My hair, although thinning & with a balding spot, feels soft & luxuriant. I keep flicking it like one of those models in the shampoo ads!