RIP Gordie Howe

Gordie Howe, the most legendary name in the history of professional hockey, died on Friday morning. He was 88. Known simply as “Mr. Hockey,” Howe played 26 seasons in the NHL and six seasons in the World Hockey Association. He’s the all-time leader in games played in the NHL with 1,767. He’s second in career goals (801) and fourth in career points (1,850). He won four Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings, and was a 23-time All-Star selection. Howe suffered a serious stroke in October 2014. The hockey legend later underwent stem cell treatment in Mexico and his family saw significant improvement in him – enough that he was well enough to attend a dinner in his honor back in his hometown Sasktoon in February 2015. But he battled dementia, according to his son, Murray Howe.

Making his NHL debut for Detroit on Oct. 16, 1946, against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Howe played 32 professional hockey seasons, more than any other man. Howe was famous for his brute strength and toughness, combined with an unparalleled goal-scoring ability. He was also famous for his longevity, having played for the Hartford Whalers in 1979-80 at age 52 – the only NHL player to have played in five different decades. Another part of that longevity: Having the most points by a father/son combo in NHL history, scoring 2,592 with son Mark Howe. He won the Hart Trophy six times as NHL MVP, and won six Art Ross trophies as its leading scorer. Howe was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1972.

Howe spent most of his career with the Detroit Red Wings, winning the Stanley Cup four times. He was in the top 10 of scorers for 21 consecutive years and was named Most Valuable Player six times, before finally retiring in 1980. He made his debut in 1946, played 26 NHL and six World Hockey Association seasons and held many of the scoring records until the rise of fellow Canadian-born legend Wayne Gretzky. Howe retired in 1971 but made a comeback with the Hartford Whalers in 1979-80 before finally quitting at 52, making him the only player whose career spanned five decades. When the NHL launched its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008, Howe was the first recipient. Some recalled Howe’s tremendous physical presence. But although he was said to have inaugurated the “Gordie Howe hat trick” – a goal, an assist and a penalty for fighting in the same game – he only did it himself once. And after a particularly bruising treatment of opponent Lou Fontinato in 1959, most chose not to challenge him.

Howe was in the crowd with other hockey heroes like Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier when Canada defeated the United States to win the gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. He also carried the Olympic flame in the Games torch relay. Howe met his wife, Colleen, at a bowling alley when she was 17 years old, and they were married four years later on April 15, 1953. Colleen Howe was one of the founders of the Detroit Junior Red Wings and represented both Gordie and Mark financially during their careers. She died in 2009 at age 76 after a long battle with Pick’s disease.

Hand-Me-Downs

Clothes and toys, recipes and jokes, advice and prejudice: we all have to handle all sorts of hand-me-downs every day. Tell us about some of the meaningful hand-me-downs in your life.

I think toys are a good hand-me-down from older siblings to younger. It’s always gonna keep you entertained and well, good toys will last a long time so it;s fun to share them. You can also give them to your kids or your nephews and nieces.

Books are probably the best hands-me-downs and it is a must that you do share your childhood books and stories with your younger siblings. We all have over here and it is fun as a new generation or just younger people get to discover whole new worlds for themselves, with a little help from you.

Movies, music and tv shows are great to do so. I have had some enjoyment sharing some tv shows and movies to my sister’s kids. The fact that they too liked and enjoyed the shows that my sister and I did when we were kids means a lot to me.

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Cochin & Kerala Experiencing Heavy Rainfall

Annual monsoon rains arrived at the Kerala coast in southern India on Wednesday, a day later than forecast, a weather office source said, easing fears over farm and economic growth after two straight droughts hit rural income and agricultural output. The monsoon delivers nearly 70 percent of rains that India needs to water farms, and recharge reservoirs and aquifers. Nearly half of India’s farmlands, without any irrigation cover, depend on annual June-September rains to grow a number of crops.

After its April forecast of above average rains this year, the weather office on May 15 said the monsoon would arrive by June 7. Despite the slight delay, the monsoon would not set back crop sowing and rains are expected to make rapid progress after their arrival, India Meteorological Department chief Laxman Singh Rathore told Reuters last month. Farmers plant rice, cane, corn, cotton and oilseeds during the rainy months of June and July. Harvest starts from October. Of its 1.3 billion population, more than 60 percent of people in India depend on agriculture to eke out a living.

As monsoon set in over the city on Wednesday, there were reports of flooding from several areas. The heavy showers that the city received in the morning inundated M.G. Road, Banerji Road, Shanmugham Road and Broadway. Heavy flooding was reported from Providence Road (where I live), areas near KSRTC bus stand, Chakkaraparambu and Punchathodu. Complaints of inundation also reached the civic authorities from the P and T Colony near Karshaka Road.
Vehicular movement along the flooded roads was affected as rain battered the city. Pedestrians found it difficult to move along the flooded roads.

Yesterday and today, my day has has been filled with hiding indoors from the rain as it continues to lash on the city and fill the roads and side gutters with rainfall. It’s kinda cold (for us this is cold) yet it’s a huge respite from the terrible February-May that we have had with blazing heat and energy sapping humidity. Now, you don’t sweat and you stay mostly fresh (as long as you don’t get wet) but going out is a choice I have yet to make as I don’t want to get soaking wet in the rain. Hopefully things will calm down a bit and we get pleasant showers that keep things cool but not drown us.

Tattoo Me

Do you have a tattoo? If so, what’s the story behind your ink? If you don’t have a tattoo, what might you consider getting emblazoned on you skin?

Yes I do and I have shared the story of me getting my first ink done last year while I was in Chennai for a week. I have a Japanese tribal style dragon on my right arm. That was my first and only one so far; my first tattoo which I got done at the ripe old age of 39. I had waited for so long to get ink done. But it’s not like we had good tattoo places to get one done in my city or anywhere nearby when I was in my 20s or my early 30s! We had a dearth of them and it has been only in the last few years that tattoo parlours have sprung up here. Just a couple here and there and you have more in cities like Bangalore, Chennai or Delhi.

So I finally have one and it’s been 10 months and I would like to get more. Atleast another one or two more. But the next time I would like to think up in advance as to what design I would like to get. This first one was a spur of the moment decision and I love it but I didn’t get much time to think. I would like to plan one out next time and find one design that means a lot to me and get that done. I have some ideas and I will pick a date and plan a visit to one place that is there in my town and they really have a great portfolio of awesome tattoos done and I guess I can safely pick them to do one for me.

What is left is to pick the design. And I’d like some colour this time.

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It’s A Long Day

It’s back to the grind again. Day shifts are so difficult for me especially when I have to conduct training. I am begining to get memories of December – January when I had anything between 11-13 work shifts due to a crunch situation and short staffing in my department. And I swore that I would never go through that again. And yet here I am again. Atleast I hope that this time it’s only for today and that it is just an aberration.

I have just had a very long day. I woke up by 6 am and left for the office by 7:50 am. Having reached there by 8:30 am I went to get things ready and due to a training room crunch I was to get the new joinees to the company into a van and take them to another, smaller office we have 8 kms away and conduct the training there. I met the new folks, told them to get ready and that I would wait for them at the front door lobby. I then went to get print outs and met the new guys at the lobby and guided them to the waiting van. Me and the 13 of them rode to the other office for 25 minutes and by 9:30 am we were at the center.

After sorting out stuff there I started the training, broke for lunch at 1:30 pm and at 5:30 pm I stopped the training and got the return van back to the main office. I had coffee at 6:20 pm and started more work, completing the work and reports and left for home via an Uber at 8:45pm! I reached home and cooked my dinner of instant noodles with some scrambled eggs and drank water as I sat in front of the computer. It’s now 10:45 pm and I will sleep by around midnight and wake up by 6 am tomorrow. What a day!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles : Out Of The Shadows

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows is a 2016 American 3D science fiction action comedy film directed by Dave Green and written by Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec, featuring the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles characters. A sequel to 2014’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the film stars Megan Fox, Stephen Amell, Will Arnett, Brian Tee, Tyler Perry, Brittany Ishibashi, Laura Linney, while featuring the voices of Pete Ploszek, Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Tony Shalhoub, Gary Anthony Williams, Stephen “Sheamus” Farrelly and Brad Garrett.

The focus of the movie is really on the Turtles and the fact that they will now be literally “out of the shadows” as in the world or atleast the NYC public is getting to know of their existence. After the end of the previous movie, the Turtles have a deal with Vern, who takes the credit for getting Shredder locked up and in prison. When Shredder escapes with the help of two dimwit goons named Bebop and Rocksteady and the Foot Clan, operating under the direction of scientist Baxter Stockman, it’s up to the Turtles to get him back. Assisting them is a reluctant Vern, April O’Neill (who is doing a lot of independent investigation by herself) and corrections officer Casey Jones who ends up using a hockey stick and a mask to get the bad guys. While Shredded escapes, he is transported to another dimenson by alien warlord Krang whogives him a mutagenic compound in exchange for his promise to find three components of a machine Krang sent to Earth in ages past, which when united will open a portal to his dimension. This sees Bebop & Rocksteady get their familiar Warthog and Rhino forms.

So it’s up to the Turtles with help from their three friends and the police who, under chief Rebecca Vincent, go from their initial fear and mistrust of the Turtles to joining forces after proof if shown to them of big trouble ahead, to stop the bad guys and avoid Krang’s modular war machine, the Technodrome, to be completely assembled here on this dimension. An all out battle rages on to stop this from happening and the Turtles must also get by their infighting and distention in the ranks and unite as one to win it for the good guys. There follows some funny scenes, some good fight scenes and CGI and all out action before the movie ends. The humans in the movie are pushed more or less to the background and are less utilized here as the focus is completely on the four brothers. And that is sad as Megan Fox’s April looks to have come into her own and Stephen Ammell does well in the beginning and starts off with a bang. But by not showing Casey Jones as the masked vigilante who does his own crime fighting in the streets and rebooting him as a young cop who wants to be a detective some day, earnest and eager to make a difference and all yes, the character loses that edge that was there in the original 1990 film.

Krang’s effects are awesome but the voice work really makes it look quite cartoonish and a hark back to 80s bad scifi movies. The CGI is too dominant and the explosions and car chases and crashes (it is Michael Bay’s production anyway) non-withstanding, this movie is better than the first reboot. Dare I say it, I actually did enjoy this one a lot more. It still pales compared to the fun of the original 2 movies especially. I will give this one a….7.5 outta 10!

The World On My Coffee Cup

I have this obsession with coffee cups. I like coffee…..no wait, that is not right….I have a sexual relationship with coffee on a regular basis. It should come as no surprise then that I also have a thing for coffee cups. Coffee cups are something that I like collecting and at the moment I have a few, not too many, just a few that I like and I hope to add more to the last as the months go by.

Yesterday while at the mall, I picked up this one. I really liked the look of it “Genius at work” is so perfect for me that I just had to buy it. So I picked it up for the terribly high price that it had and bought it at the shop.

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I picked up it and paid for it but it was only after I came back home that I realized that those cool looking almost 70s hippie colourful images on the mug was actually the continents of our world!!! Isn’t that great? I picked up something (the lighting in the store wasn’t all that great so no wonder I missed seeing what it was) thinking it was nice and it turned out to be even more cooler than I first imagined!

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Life can be awesome like that somedays. Silly me, it’s only a coffee mug. But yeah, I like it. Cheers!

Sting : New Clothing Store on M.G.Road

Was cruising through Youtube videos when I happened to see this ad on the side of one of the videos I was watching. The add, catching with the red motif and with the white stylized lettering that stated that Kochi is getting a new clothing store right here on M.G.Road not far from where I live.

I have never heard of this brand or chain of store before. From first glance it looks like a men’s only clothing range. I see t-shirts, shirts, blazers, trousers/pants, jeans and shorts. Some accessories like belts, hats, socks and wallets. Nice! And even footwear with sneakers, shoes and canvas shoes.

They apparently started in the year 2002, a clothing brand created to inject dynamism into the dreary world of men’s wear and the brand was given an apt name STING, the brain child of Blaze Clothing (India) Pvt Ltd having its base in Chennai. I like the look of some of their stuff and especially their wallets look really good. They also have an online sales option and have a live chat support. Looks good.

Arsenal Close To Signing Jamie Vardy?

The Premier League champion has all but agreed his move to Arsenal as the club pencil in a medical before he travels to Euro 2016 with the England squad on Monday. Arsenal are hoping to seal the signing of Jamie Vardy within the next two days, as per several reports. The 29-year-old will travel to France with the England squad ahead of Euro 2016 on Monday and Gunners officials are desperate to complete the deal before the tournament gets underway after activating his £20 million release clause. Vardy scored 24 goals last season as Leicester City won their first ever Premier League title, finishing 10 points above the second-placed Gunners.

After rising from non-league to top flight football, Vardy was named Football Writers’ Player of the Year after his scintillating performances in attack for the Foxes which included goals against Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool. Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri has confirmed Arsenal’s bid for Vardy, telling Gazzetta dello Sport that “it’s all true” when asked about the Gunners’ interest in the forward. Vardy is represented by the same management company as Arsenal stars Theo Walcott and Gedion Zelalem, along with youth team prospects Jay Beckford and Daniel Crowley. Apparently it seems that Vardy’s England team-mate Jack Wilshere has played a huge part in persuading his compatriot to join him at Emirates Stadium and that a medical has been pencilled in for Sunday afternoon at the club’s London Colney training ground. Vardy, 29, wants a four year deal worth around £120,000-a-week which is double his current Leicester contract. But it is understood Arsene Wenger has given the go-ahead and Arsenal are looking to move quickly to stop any other clubs coming in.

Leicester are desperate to keep him, may offer bigger terms but his representatives have been hawking him round and he looks set to go. Vardy’s buyout clause is only open to Champions League clubs and no one else has made an acceptable offer. England boss Roy Hodgson has made it clear that he does not want medicals or negotiations being done while on Euros duty and Arsenal believe they can get it done quickly. Further discussions are expected this weekend but the deal is moving quickly.Arsene Wenger has identified Vardy as the top class striker Arsenal need but business will continue in a busy summer. Wenger is also keen to sign a centre-back, along with a young forward.

RIP Cassius Clay Aka Muhammad Ali

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali – one of the world’s greatest sporting figures – has died at the age of 74. The former world heavyweight champion died late on Friday at a hospital in the US city of Phoenix, Arizona, having been admitted on Thursday. He had been suffering from a respiratory illness, a condition that was complicated by Parkinson’s disease. Ali’s funeral will take place in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, said his family. Ali was crowned World Heavyweight Champion 3 times, the Light-heavyweight Olympic gold medal once and had a 31 fights in a winning streak before being beaten for first time by Joe Frazier.

George Foreman, who lost his world title to Ali in the famous “Rumble in the Jungle” fight in Kinshasa in 1974, called him one of the greatest human beings he had ever met. American civil rights campaigner Jesse Jackson said Ali had been willing to sacrifice the crown and money for his principles when he refused to serve in the Vietnam war. Born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Ali shot to fame by winning light-heavyweight gold at the 1960 Rome Olympics. Nicknamed “The Greatest”, the American beat Sonny Liston in 1964 to win his first world title and became the first boxer to capture a world heavyweight title on three separate occasions. He eventually retired in 1981, having won 56 of his 61 fights. Crowned “Sportsman of the Century” by Sports Illustrated and “Sports Personality of the Century” by the BBC, Ali was noted for his pre- and post-fight talk and bold fight predictions just as much as his boxing skills inside the ring.

But he was also a civil rights campaigner and poet who transcended the bounds of sport, race and nationality. Asked how he would like to be remembered, he once said: “As a man who never sold out his people. But if that’s too much, then just a good boxer. “I won’t even mind if you don’t mention how pretty I was.” Soon after retiring, rumours began to circulate about the state of Ali’s health. His speech had become slurred, he shuffled and he was often drowsy. Parkinson’s Syndrome was eventually diagnosed but Ali continued to make public appearances, receiving warm welcomes wherever he travelled. He lit the Olympic cauldron at the 1996 Games in Atlanta and carried the Olympic flag at the opening ceremony for the 2012 Games in London.

Finders Keepers?

While walking on the beach you stumble on a valuable object buried in the sand — say, a piece of jewelry or an envelope full of cash. What do you do with it? Under what circumstances would you keep it?

I have actually once found a small bag filled with cash that someone had left on the bus. I wasn’t sure how much cash there was in it but I handed it over to the nearest police station and the owner was contacted. I never met the guy but I was told that he was indeed very grateful. There was about Rs. 20k in it or so.

That was at a time when I was still a teenager and did not think much about money as my dad’s business was flourishing and talks of money was never an issue at all. Just a few years later we would start struggling and it didn’t stop until around 2006. If it was during this time or even now, I might think twice about returning that cash.

It would depend on a lot of things. If it was a bunch of cash but not too much, I might keep it. But then what right do I have to spend someone’s money that is not mine? It isn’t the moral or ethical thing to do! I might be tempted and I guess it will depend on my situation at that time and how much money it is doe me to decide to keep it. I still think that I would report it to a police station like I did that one time but maybe I would keep it. And spend it! I really don’t know and won’t unless I actually come across that situation again.

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