Three Things I Would Toss Out

Other than old books, magazines, tapes & old clothes, here are a few things that are just collection dust.

Steel cupboard in my bedroom
It’s huge and bulky and in the way. My mom pushed it onto me as there was less space in my parents room. I use the bottom two shelves for storing old tapes and my cd collection and some books that I never read and may never read again. I usually keep it locked up as I rip all my cds and store them as m3s on my laptop and on a separate external hard disk. The top most and biggest shelf in the cupboard is filled with sheets & shawls & cloth material that was bought a long time back and will probably never be used at all. Not in my lifetime anyway. It’s an absolute waste of space as I also have a built in wall closet that I can store my books and cds in.

Old coffee table
My dad broke the glass table top while carelessly trying to move it. Now the coffee table is placed under our dining table so as to not attract undue attention & embarrassment. So we bang our knees against it while we eat dinner. My dad breaks things.

Old tvs
The two old tvs will probably be tossed out soon when I buy a new tv set. The decade old BPL tv is broken and can’t be fixed and the older than old Sony is an embarrassment of biblical proportions. Come to think of it this old tv was probably manufactured around the same time as the bible was first written.

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Can You See Them Out On The Porch?

Here’s an example of why Pearl Jam is the world’s best band ever. Yellow Ledbetter was a Ten outtake and one of the first songs Pearl Jam wrote as a group. It’s a huge fan favourite and a staple of their live shows and this song had such humble beginnings! Yellow Ledbetter was selected by the band to be the second B-side to the 1992 single for the song Jeremy, which was where it first appeared. The song eventually found its way onto radio, peaking at number 21 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. The song was included on the 2003 B-sides and rarities album, Lost Dogs, and on Pearl Jam’s 2004 greatest hits album, rearviewmirror (Greatest Hits 1991–2003).

McCready’s guitar playing on Yellow Ledbetter bears strong similarities to the guitar style of Jimi Hendrix with the mimicking of Hendrix’s “May This Be Love” from the 1967 album, Are You Experienced, and Little Wing from the 1967 album, Axis: Bold as Love. The version of Yellow Ledbetter that was eventually released was the second take of the song. Without being released as a single, Yellow Ledbetter peaked at number 21 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and number 26 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart in 1994. The song has managed to become a staple among fans of the band. Although the song has never been released on one of the band’s studio albums, it remains to this day one of the band’s most popular songs.

‘Tis Better To Have Loved And Lost

Ever had your heart broken? Ever felt like it was not only, broken but it had been shot, sliced & ripped apart from your chest? Yeah you have? Well join the fucking club!

I’ve been heart broken a few times, had a long term relationship slowly deteriorate and die about as painfully as possible. I still have the scars and bruises (metaphorically speaking). I have had a situation where someone liked me and I liked her back but because of multiple issues we both left it unspoken and I kinda found out about her side a month after she left the country. Good call.

I’ve also recently harboured strong feelings for a colleague for over a year and kept it well hidden (or so I thought) only for her to call my bluff two nights before she was to leave the company and head back to her family. The morning she was leaving, she called me from the airport she cried and actually said that she shared the same feelings but then she went cold once she reached back home and we fought and haven’t spoken since. I was devastated for a while and couldn’t think of anything else for months.

I also fear that I will end up alone and not know the comfort of a loving relationship with a woman and will likely never get married or have a partner.

Inspite of this I still think that it’s better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. It makes you stronger, it’s part of what being a human is and what life is about and even though it hurts, I guess if I do finally get married it will make me be that much more sincere & genuine with my woman and never ever think of taking her for granted.

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My Preferred Writing Medium

For quite a few years now, I barely use pen & paper unless it is for attending a training of some kind. As a rule, I always carry a pen with me at all time when I go out. For work, I carry two pens, one black & one blue, and a diary. You will find an assortment of pens and atleast 3 notepads and 2 diaries in various stages of being used inside the drawers of my desk at work. Every Jan 1st I get a brand new diary for that calendar year for taking down notes and stuff. I scribble ideas, points for later reference, important information and sometimes even hastily read out numbers and phone numbers too.

As a rule, pens are the most unsafest things in our office and I suppose in the last offices that I have worked at as well. I must have lost atleast 50 to 70 each year that I have been in this office – 2007 till date. For a while I only bought he cheapest brands of ball pens in order to keep the cost to a minimum but someone still ends up stealing them. Or borrowing them and not returning/forgetting to return them. Most of the time even I forget who borrowed my pen and thus end up at the end of the day pen-less.

But I use pens & paper quite less and less as each year passes by. Atleast I and my team take a lot of printouts at work and hence use up a few bundles of A4 paper every month. But the art of writing in a book or paper is dwindling for me as I prefer using the computer. From the age of 15 till 23 I used to maintain a journal and write a few sentences each day (the original form of this blog). I find that my hand starts to tire or cramp up after writing for a bit. And I usually end up losing the paper/book and then have to start all over again. This is not so when using the lappy and hence the preference.

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Drinking With Madhu & Anil

After the week that I’ve had it’s only fair that I enjoy myself on Saturday night with my two best friends. A couple of days back Anil had called me to finalize on our plans for the evening. It had been way too long since the last meeting between Anil, Madhu & myself. We plan and plan but something or the other always comes up and either one of us is unable to come that evening. But a few weeks is way too long between best friends meeting each other and when they had suggested this evening I was sure that I would make it.

So post work the three of us made plans to meet up somewhere. Kakkanad and a bar over there was discussed but the distance was too much of an issue. So we kept thinking about meeting up somewhere in the city itself and we discussed about possibilities on a 3 way conference call. Finally the roof top garden at Mercy Estate in Ravipuram was decided upon and we agreed to meet there around 7:00 or so. I had to work uptil 6:15 pm and then made my way to the city. A little traffic jam at a couple places meant that I got delayed by about 30 minutes and reached the bar at about 7:30 pm. I took the elevator to the 5th floor roof top garden bar and restaurant and saw that other than Anil & Madhu, the place was empty.

Within a few minutes the place began to fill up just as a Saturday night should be. They had already ordered 2 whiskeys & 2 brandies and 2 vodkas as well as a soda and a 7up. I poured some 7up into my vodka glass and sat back. Dry chilly beef, omelets, salads, chilly beef, finger fingers and sweet corn chicken soup followed. We chatted a lot and laughed a bit and swore against the assholes in our office who make our lives miserable for us. We made rude comments and stories about the semi-nude statue in the premises. We tried having chappaty and chicken roast at the end but we were quite full. However, not too full for desert and we ordered ice creams. Then we  came down after paying our expensive dinner and while Madhu went on his bike, Anil and I got into an auto. After dropping him at the bus stop, as he was heading for Thrissur, I came home.

I’m feeling a lot more relaxed but tired and sleepy so I might just go to sleep now.

Five Things To Do Before I Die

Buy a home
Buying your own home must rank high on most guys’ minds. Certainly on a lot of women as well. And I’m no different. I would prefer an apartment for myself a big three bedroom apartment, 10th story or above, a big balcony, kitchen, with one bedroom converted into a den/home office for me, one guest bedroom and the master bedroom. A section of the living room for guests who come in and a separate alcove for watching my giant LCD tv.

Get married
A man needs a maid. I can’t put it anymore clearer than that.My home wouldn’t be complete without a loving woman to come to every evening. I want to find my life partner and get married to her as soon as possible. I don’t like big weddings so I’d prefer a small function.

Attend a big international rock festival
Music is my life, my life is music. I want to see my favourite bands perform live on stage in a series of concerts as part of a huge rock music festival that lasts for a week. KEEP ON ROCKING IN THE FREE WORLD!!

Be the first human to welcome an alien race to eath
I’m taking my cue from ‘Zephram Cochran’s’ first contact with the Vulcans when they landed on earth and met humans for the first time. Star Trek forever!

I want to have the perfect happy moment right before I die
The content of a man who knows that he has no regrets and nothing more to achieve. The perfect moment where everything collides and nothing else matters. That one minute in time where you attain bliss & perfection & total harmony with the rest of the universe. I want that just before I pass away.

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She Hits 400

Yes sir, she’s done it again. She’s reached another milestone in my blog, as humble as my blog is. I get showered with weekly comments by none other than the wonderful, gorgeous, awesome Meleah.

Back in February of this year I had posted as to the fact that Meleah had posted 300 comments in my blog, not only being the first to reach that figure but leading the charge all the way. 300 comments is a huge deal for me; it was like reaching the 1000 career point mark for an NHL player or 500 goals for a professional footballer (soccer player) – well for me it is anyway.

Now, ladies and gentlemen, she has hit he 400 comment mark. I feel so good that this lovely woman chooses to read my blog on a regular basis and sticks loyally by my writing. Thank you so much Meleah. What ever would happen to my blog without you as my personal cheerleader!

A Great Flirting Line

I don’t know if you’d call it a a pick-up line per se, it’s more like a flirtatious & harmless little line that always seems to do the trick for me as far as breaking the ice and making a girl laugh and open up to me. The last few times I have used it has had tremendous effect and I know that this seems to be a memorable line for them women who I have used it. So what’s my favourite line:

“Do  you know that you’re so angry when you’re beautiful?”

I’ve tried this over the phone, face to face in person with women and it’s guaranteed to get me a laugh and quite a few smiles. I usually do this during a little flirting session or even when we are casual chatting. Even did it once during a mild argument and the effect was fabulous. The woman who was arguing with me, a friend & colleague, stopped as if she was hit by lightning as soon as she heard me say the words, I could see her trying in vain to hold back her laughter but I could see the twinkle in her eyes. I then winked at her and smiled and watched in pleasure as she laughed out loud and pinched my cheek and said that I was impossible!

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Deep Fried Beer Recipe

Here’s a great piece of news for those who love going in for those beer binges frequently. A chef in the US has come up with what he claims to be the world’s first recipe for deep-fried beer.

According to chef Mark Zable, the beer is placed inside a pocket of salty, pretzel-like dough and then dunked in oil at 375 degrees for about 20 seconds, a short enough time for the confection to remain alcoholic. Five ravioli-like pieces will sell for $5 (£3) and the Texas Alcoholic Commission has already ruled that people must be aged over 21 to try it.

When people take a bite, the hot beer mixes with the dough to give a delicious taste sensation, British newspaper The Daily Telegraph reported.

Zable said it had taken him three years to come up with the cooking method. “Nobody has been able to fry a liquid before. It tastes like you took a bite of hot pretzel dough and then took a drink of beer,” he said.

His deep-fried beer will be unveiled in a fried food competition at the Texas state fair later this month. The Texas Alcoholic Commission has already ruled that people must be aged over 21 to try it.

Zable previously invented dishes including chocolate-covered strawberry waffle balls and jalapeo corndog shrimps.

Smoking Cannabis ‘Alleviates Pain And Depression’

A team of Canadian scientists conducted a trial to test inhaled cannabis in 21 patients with chronic neuropathic pain caused by traumatic injury or surgery. The researchers used herbal cannabis, or ”grass”, at four potency levels. Patients aged 25 to 77 were asked to smoke 25 milligrams of the drug from a pipe three times a day. The highest-potency cannabis, containing 9.4% of the active ingredient THC, reduced pain, decreased anxiety and depression, and aided sleep.

Lead researcher Dr Mark Ware, director of clinical research at the Alan Edwards Pain Management Unit, McGill University Health Centre, said: ”We found that 25mg herbal cannabis with 9.4% THC, administered as a single smoked inhalation three times daily for five days, significantly reduces average pain intensity compared with a 0% THC cannabis placebo in adult subjects with chronic post-traumatic/post-surgical neuropathic pain.”

No serious adverse effects occurred during the trial. All the patients taking active cannabis reported one occasion of feeling ”high” and euphoric, and some complained of headaches, dry eyes, a burning sensation, dizziness, numbness and coughs. No significant changes in vital signs, heart rate or kidney function were recorded. The authors recommended more studies with higher potencies of THC, longer follow-up periods, and flexible dosing. Long-term safety studies of smoked cannabis for medical purposes were also needed, said the researchers.

Smoking the drug also lessened anxiety and depression, said researchers. Pill preparations of cannabis extract have previously been successful in treating certain types of pain.