Memories Of Radio : Songs Requests & Dedications

When I was in school, back in 1990 or 1991, we had a local radio station in the state that had the very first music request show. As in you could write in to the show’s address and request a song and dedicate to your family or friends for their birthday, wedding, anniversary or just for anything. It was a weekly show and aired every Sunday for a few years. Now, we only got cable tv in India around 1990 and had only 4 channels for a while. Kerala, my home state, got cable in 1991 and my area got it by 1992.

Hence a radio request show was a big deal back then and it was unique as they only played English language songs. So your pop songs, your rock & metal songs and anything that falls in between were considered but no Hindi or regional language songs. Which was rare and hence we used to look forward to it. Now no way it is or was unique except that it was only for English songs. My cousins and I used to send in our requests and occasionally we did get our song played and our dedication read out. I believe that in my 10th year, we sent out quite a lot. I particularly remember the DJ reading out my dedication for my friends in school and playing the song that I requested.

However for my 16th birthday, a couple of my cousins and my sister sent in a few songs and asked them to play one of them for me. Like rock songs that we all liked. The DJ read out the dedication but then read out dedication for other people and then played……wait for it….”Kung Fu Fighting” by Car Douglas! My cousins all groaned and I was like “WTF!” Is that the song that my cousins picked for me? The DJ later said, as one of my cousins knew him, that there were a lot of requests for that song hence they had to play it due to numbers. A sham, I tell ya!

Memories Of June Months Gone By

The first week of June always brings about the start of the school year. From the ages of 11 to 15 I studied in a school called Hill Valley High School, grades 6th to 10th. It was a quick walk away from my home and so I didn’t used the school bus or the van that they used for picking up kids who lived more close by. But since I had a couple of friends who also lived near my house, we would meet up at one common point and then walk together to our school, go up the small hilly road and then walk down the mud and stone ridden path to the valley below where our school was built.

Now the problem with this is that the beginning of June also coincides with the start of the monsoon season in our state. Unlike this year where the 1st & the 2nd of June (yesterday & today) has seen sunshine and humidity, the rains are usually in full force in previous years. So usually you see kids huddling under umbrellas and just hoping to make it into the school bus before getting drenched with rain water. Umbrella sales also go up during time as do raincoats. And ofcourse, kids and people do catch colds during this time.

One of my biggest memories of the start of the monsoon season and June is probably when I was in the 8th grade. The first day of school, June 1st was a Tuesday and we were all geared up for going back to school, seeing our friends and the new grade. But the rains gods had other plans and it was pouring down rain from Sunday. And I mean, cats and dogs, someone call Noah, that kind of rain. Now since I walked to school, I took my umbrella and walked under it and braved the winds as I made my way to the school. On the way up, I saw a friend & classmate of mine walking with his younger brother who was in the 6th grade. We walked up and then down to the valley only to be told by the caretaker/security guy that the school would be closed for 2 days. The rains were so heavy that the school got flooded and that it would take a day or two to clean it up.

So the three of us walked back to the main road, having got wet for no reason. As the buses did not go and pick the rest of the kids, they got to know that the school was off for a couple of day. Remember this was back in 1989 and we had no Whatsapp or email to share this info. But yeah, summer vacay got extended for a couple of days for us.

What Summer Looked Like When I Was 16

What Summer Looked Like at 16

So for me the summer when I was 16 was 1992 after my 10th grade after which I went for my 11th & 12th in a college as part of a pre-degree course. I turned 16 on August 2nd 1992. I remember the excitement my classmates and I felt as we wrote our SSLC exams, with our teachers being as nervous as we were and supporting us from the sidelines. I remember speaking to my buddies and saying that I couldn’t wait for the days of not wearing a school uniform and being a lot more free, as pre-degree & then degree in a college was a lot more casual than in school.

On the last day of the exams, I remember that feeling of elation and happiness. No more school! No more uniforms. I loved the friends that I had and I admired and appreciated the teachers that we had but I wanted out as I felt that it meant I was growing up. Once the exams were over, a large group of us hung around and chatted about our plans for the 3 months before our results would be out. By 4 pm we split off into smaller groups heading to our homes, but about 6 of us went to a small shop near our school for some juice and snacks. We stayed together for about an hour, talking about burning our uniforms in a few days.

By 5 pm I was in my room at home and playing music. Enjoying myself and playing my acoustic guitar (which I hadn’t learned how to play properly) and I remember it was to a song by Deep Purple that I was grooving and jumping and broke a string on the guitar. As I calmed down a bit and the excitement of school getting over died down, as the sun set I realized that I would never be with that same group of classmates and friends ever again. That reality hit me like a brick and I came down from my big high. As the days went by I did spend a lot of time with my cousins and some of my friends.

After about a month, I went and joined a 2 month basic computer course in DataPro. I was restless and needed something to keep me occupied and make new friends as well. Besides it was only a couple of hours a day, 4 days a week. So this 2 month course at DataPro seemed like a good option and I had fun there. I got fascinated by computers as well and during my lab hours I would try to make colourful images on MsPaint. Remember that this was back in the Windows 3.x years.

I remember these two very gorgeous girls who were in my classes at Datapro. Their names were Zeena and Geena D’Couto and they were fraternal twins. And my eye was on Zeena but Geena was hot too. I spent much time with them and in the afternoons I would go to the record store nearby and go through the various album releases and check out some of the music at the store. Ofcourse I also went to various places visiting relatives. Those were good times.

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MY TOP 5 FAVOURITE SCIENCE FICTION TV SHOWS I WATCHED DURING MY CHILDHOOD

Write a Post on Your Favorite Television Shows from Childhood

Battlestar Galactica : ¬†is an American¬†science fiction television¬†series created by¬†Glen A. Larson¬†that began the¬†Battlestar Galactica¬†franchise. Starring¬†Lorne Greene,¬†Richard Hatch, and¬†Dirk Benedict, it follows the surviving humans as they flee in¬†Battlestar Galactica¬†and other ships in search for a new home while being pursued by the Cylons. The series ran for the 1978‚Äď1979 season before being canceled after 24 episodes.This includes the 1980 sequel that ran for only 10 episodes and which is considered one of the worst scifi shows of all time. But the original is a groundbreaking series and the first show that is not a cartoon that I ever got into. I was into this show when I was just 4 years old when they showed the first and only season on Kuwaiti television back in 1980. They had it in reruns a lot and each time I was so excited to see the episodes.

V : The other show that reminds me so much of my childhood and is a big part of my life since then is V. V¬†is a¬†science fiction¬†franchise created by American writer, producer and director¬†Kenneth Johnson¬†about a genocidal¬†invading alien race¬†known as the “Visitors”‚ÄĒreptilian humanoids¬†disguised as human beings‚ÄĒtrying to take over Earth, and the human reaction to this, including the Resistance group attempting to stop them, while others collaborate with the aliens for power and personal wealth.This includes the original mini-series, the Final Battle and the regular tv series that lasted for 1 season and 19 episodes before getting cancelled. The mini-series is brilliant though the regular series suffered from a severe drop in budget and lousy writing. Major stats included Marc Singer, Jane Badler, Faye Grant, Jeff Yagher, June Chadwick, Robert Englund, Jennifer Cooke & the indomitable Michael Ironside.

Misfits Of Science : Misfits of Science¬†is an American superhero fantasy sci-fi drama created by¬†James D. Parriott¬†that aired on¬†NBC from October 4, 1985 to February 21, 1986. The series discussed super-powered humans and their madcap adventures. The team is formed by Dr. Billy Hayes, a research scientist at the¬†Humanidyne Institute who specializes in “human anomalies”. He works with shrinking Dr. Elvin “El” Lincoln, and together they recruit electrically powered Johnny Bukowski, a rock-and-roll musician, and Gloria Dinallo, a telekinetic teenanger. Starring the late Dean Paul Martin, the late Kevin Peter Hall, Mark Thomas Miller & a 19 year old Courtney Cox.

Automan : Automan¬†is an American¬†superhero¬†television series¬†produced by¬†Glen A. Larson. It aired for 12 episodes (although 13 were made) on¬†ABC¬†between¬†1983¬†and¬†1984. It consciously emulates the stylistic trappings of the¬†Walt Disney Pictures¬†live-action film¬†Tron, in the context of a¬†superhero¬†TV series. The series was later shown in reruns on the¬†Sci-Fi Channel. Automan¬†(the “Automatic Man”) follows the adventures of a¬†police officer¬†and¬†computer programmer¬†named Walter Nebicher (Desi Arnaz Jr.), who has created an¬†artificially intelligent¬†crime fighting program that generated a¬†hologram¬†(Chuck Wagner) able to leave the¬†computer¬†world at night and fight crime.

ThunderCats : is an American¬†animated television series¬†that was produced by¬†Rankin/Bass Animated Entertainment¬†and¬†Leisure Concepts debuting in 1985, based on the characters created by Ted “Tobin” Wolf. The series, for which Leonard Starr¬†was the head writer, follows the adventures of a group of catlike humanoid aliens. The animation for the episodes was provided by the Japanese studio Pacific Animation Corporation, with Masaki Iizuka as production manager. The studio was acquired in 1989 to form¬†Walt Disney Animation Japan.¬†Season 1¬†of the show aired in 1985, consisting of 65 episodes, followed by a TV movie entitled¬†ThunderCats ‚Äď Ho!¬†in 1986. Seasons¬†2,¬†3, and¬†4¬†each contained twenty episodes, starting with a five-part story.

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The Pangs Of The Heart That Longs For You

Write about your first love ‚ÄĒ be it a person, place, or thing.

I’ve had my crushes throughout my years. When I was 12 I had this major crush on a girl 2 years older than me. That last a little while and by the age of 13 I had a crush on another girl. And I have posted about my first girlfriend, the first girl who said she liked me but I also do think about this girl who didn’t tell me directly that she liked me, but apparently it was kind of known among her friends that she liked me and I was interested in her as well. But that was puppy love ofcourse as I was 14 and she was 12.

Yeah, so many, many years ago and I have sort of forgotten what her face looked like – at times it’s a blur but at times she appears in my mind as clear as if she was standing face to face to me. I rarely do think about her but since the last 2 years or so I keep thinking about her once in a while – mainly because I hear her name a lot more. And that is because, my next door neighbours have a teenage daughter with that name and I have a colleague who has the same name as well. So about this then 12 year old girl who had a crush on me she was in the 7th grade when I was in the 9th grade. Her name was Maryam and she was from a Muslim family.

Her parents were ultra strict with her but not mainly with regards to religion or religious upbringing. Infact, in hindsight, her family must seem quite modern to most now. They were very strict with her studies and things like that. So they had no television and no games and no radio! This is the year 1990! Her family were well off enough to afford a couple of tvs and a few radios and walkman but she and her younger sister were forbidden to have them at home. Anyways towards the end of that year, I came to know that she had a crush on me, based on a few comments her friends made and what she wrote in my book (like a year end autograph book we used to keep back then).

All summer I was dreaming of meeting her again and actually pursuing this and maybe get to know her even better. Unfortunately, when I came back to school and started looking for her, she was not to be seen. I spoke to a couple of her girl friends and they said that her parents had moved away to another city and hence she had left the school. I feel that it is a shame. I hope she has had a wonderful life so far and has a nice family to get home to.

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MY TOP 5 FAVOURITE TV DRAMAS I WATCHED DURING MY CHILDHOOD

Write a Post on Your Favorite Television Shows from Childhood

I love this prompt. However, as a big lover of tv shows, I couldn‚Äôt keep it to just 5. So‚Ķ‚Ķ.I decided to do it in different genres. This list will be all shows I watched and were heavily into during my pre-teen years. So a couple of days ago I shared my top 5 sitcoms from my childhood. Today will be a top 5 for dramas  / action oriented tv shows and science fiction as well as one for cartoons. Oooh the cartoons are going to be very difficult to do.  Anyways here is my list in no particular order:

Knight Rider is an American action crime drama television series created and produced by Glen A. Larson. The series was originally broadcast on NBC from 1982 to 1986. The show stars David Hasselhoff  as Michael Knight, a sleek and modern crime fighter assisted by KITT, an advanced, artificially intelligent,  self-aware, and nearly indestructible car. He is joined by Edward Mulhare as Devon Miles, the leader of FLAG, Patricia McPherson as Dr. Bonnie Barstow (Seasons 1, 3‚Äď4), KITT’s chief technician, Rebecca Holden as April Curtis (Season 2), chief technician for KITT & Peter Parros as Reginald Cornelius III aka RC3 (Season 4) driver of the FLAG mobile unit.

The A-Team is an American action-adventure television series that ran on NBC from 1983 to 1987 about former members of a fictitious United States Army Special Forces unit. The four members of the team were tried by court martial for a crime they had not committed. They were convicted and sentenced to serve terms in a military prison, but later escaped to Los Angeles and began working as soldiers of fortune, while trying to clear their names and avoid capture by law enforcement and military authorities. The show stars the late George Peppard, Dwight Schultz, Dirk Benedict & Mr.T.

Starsky & Hutch is an American action television series, which consisted of a 70-minute pilot movie (originally aired as a Movie of the Week entry) and 92 episodes of 50 minutes each. The show was created by William Blinn, produced by Spelling-Goldberg Productions, and broadcast from April 1975 (pilot movie) to August 1979 on the ABC network. It was distributed by Columbia Pictures Television in the United States and, originally, Metromedia Producers Corporation and later on 20th Television in Canada and some other parts of the world. The series stars David Soul, Paul Michael Glaser, Antonio Fargas & Bernie Hamilton.

CHiPs is an American crime drama television series created by Rick Rosner, that originally aired on NBC from September 15, 1977, to May 1, 1983. It follows the lives of two motorcycle officers of the California Highway Patrol (CHP). The series ran for 139 episodes over six seasons, plus one reunion television film in October 1998. The show was created by Rick Rosner, and starred Erik Estrada as macho, rambunctious Officer Francis “Ponch” Poncherello and Larry Wilcox as his straitlaced partner, Officer Jonathan (“Jon”) Andrew Baker. With Ponch the more trouble-prone of the pair, and Jon generally the more level-headed one trying to keep him out of trouble with the duo’s gruff yet fatherly immediate supervisor Sergeant Joseph Getraer (Robert Pine), the two were Highway Patrolmen of the Central Los Angeles office of the California Highway Patrol (CHP, hence the name CHiPs).

Remington Steele is an American crime drama television series co-created by Robert Butler and Michael Gleason. The series, starring Stephanie Zimbalist and Pierce Brosnan, was produced by MTM Enterprises and first broadcast on the NBC network from October 10, 1982, to February 17, 1987. The series blended the genres of romantic comedy, drama, detective procedural and (towards the end of the series) international political intrigue and espionage. Remington Steele’s premise is that Laura Holt, a licensed private investigator (Stephanie Zimbalist) opened a detective agency under her own name but found potential clients refused to hire a woman, no matter how qualified so she invents a fictitious male superior she names Remington Steele. Through a series of events in the first episode, “License to Steele”, Pierce Brosnan’s character, a former thief and con man (whose real name even he proves not to know and is never revealed), assumes the identity of Remington Steele. A power struggle ensues between Laura and Steele as to who is really in charge, while the two carry on a casual romantic relationship.

Honorable mentions : Moonlighting, Charlie’s Angels, Airwolf & Dempsey & Makepeace.

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My Top 5 Favourite SitComs I Watched During My Childhood

Write a Post on Your Favorite Television Shows from Childhood

I love this prompt. However, as a big lover of tv shows, I couldn’t keep it to just 5. So…….I decided to do it in different genres. This list will be all shows I watched and were heavily into during my pre-teen years. Today will be sitcoms and then I think I will do a top 5 for dramas/action oriented and science fiction as well as one for cartoons. Oooh the cartoons are going to be very difficult to do. Anyways, here is my list in no particular order:

One of my favourite memories is about watching the sitcom Gimme A Break which ran from for six seasons from October 29, 1981, to May 12, 1987. Although I do not think I have watched the last 2 seasons, this show is big in my family’s memories and, along with the second show in this list, form the first 2 sitcoms that I have ever watched. The series starred¬†Nell Carter¬†as the housekeeper for a widowed police chief (Dolph Sweet) and his three daughters – played by Kari Michaelsen, Lauri Hendler & Lara Jill Miller – as well as the adopted son played by Joey Lawrence (seasons 3-6). I also had my first ever innocent crush at the wee age of 6 or 7 on Kari.

Mind Your Language is a British sitcom that premiered on ITV in 1977. It was produced by London Weekend Television and directed by Stuart Allen. Three series were made by the London Weekend Television between 1977 and 1979 and briefly revived in 1985 (or 1986 in most ITV regions) with six of the original cast. The series shows people of different countries with different social background, religions, and languages existing in the same classroom, learning English as a foreign language.

Silver Spoons¬†is an American¬†sitcom¬†television series that September 25, 1982, to May 11, 1986The show focuses on the wealthy playboy Edward Stratton III, and his relationship with his young son Ricky Stratton. Ricky was the product of a brief marriage between Edward and Ricky’s mother. Edward was unaware that he had a son until Ricky comes to live with Edward at the outset of the series. The main cast stars¬†Joel Higgins¬†as Edward,¬†Ricky Schroder¬†as Ricky,¬†Leonard Lightfoot¬†as Edward’s attorney,¬†Franklyn Seales¬†as Edward’s business manager, and¬†Erin Gray¬†as Edward’s personal assistant and later love interest.¬†Jason Bateman¬†plays Ricky’s best friend over the first two seasons of the show, replaced by¬†Alfonso Ribeiro¬†over the remaining seasons.¬†John Houseman¬†plays Edward’s dour and disapproving father.

Small Wonder¬†is an American children’s¬†comedy science fiction¬†sitcom¬†that aired in¬†first-run syndication¬†from September 7, 1985, to May 20, 1989. The show chronicles the family of a robotics engineer who secretly creates a robot modeled after a human girl, then tries to pass it off as their adopted daughter, Vicki. The series turned out to be a surprise hit, specifically amongst the kid section, as many channels belonging to different nations witnessed while re-running the show. Owing to its popularity in some countries, the show had to be dubbed for different languages.

You Again? is an American sitcom television series that aired for two seasons on NBC from February 27, 1986 to January 7, 1987. It was based on the British show Home to Roost. Jack Klugman stars as Henry Willows, a man still embittered from his divorce ten years earlier, who had made no effort to see his son Matt (John Stamos) during that time. Henry had become fairly comfortable with his life as a supermarket manager and was not really looking to make major changes to it when Matt arrived looking to stay with his father, whom he hardly knew anymore. Matt was an ill-mannered but quite attractive youth who was very popular with the girls. He drove the gruff Henry almost over the edge, but of course in the end familial ties conquered all differences in sitcom tradition.

Honoroble mentions : Different Strokes, The Jeffersons, The Cosby Show & The Two Of Us.

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The Strangest Thing You’ve Seen In Real Estate

The craziest thing ever was way back in 2011. At the time I had just recently joined a startup company located at the Thrissur Infopark in Koratty. Since it took 90 minutes for me to reach by bus and then an auto to the center, it started to take a toll on me, especially when we moved to the late evening shift. Just getting back home was a torture and I would usually fall asleep in the bus. We moved to a 4:30 pm to 1:30 am shift after a while but still I felt that the wait times, especially at night for a bus was a real pain in the ass.

So I started to look for a place to rent out in either Koratty, Chalakuddy or Angamaly with Angamaly being my preferred choice, near the main bus stop as there were supermarkets, restaurants, medical stores etc all within minutes. However I was finding it difficult to get the nicer places to rent out to me as I was a bachelor; even telling them that I was 35 at the time and in a supervisory position at work did not parlay the fears of the home owners. And the ones that were ok wanted to rent out a big portion of their homes, like a big living room, 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms – meant for families and on the pricier side.

And then in between some guy who had heard me & one of the other guys talking while we were having coffee & snacks near the bus stop, said that he would would show us his cousin’s place which was walking distance from the office. I thought great, it would be ideal. So we fixed the time and I said that he could come to the office at 4pm and take us to the house. So my colleague and I went there and it was just a 10 minute walk but it was a house that was dilapidated and was utter crap! There were doors that were broken, switches that had been changed since the 1970s and it kinda looked like one of the old homes where ghosts haunt all the time.

So he was a guy down on his luck and some relative of his, who lived in Singapore told him to take the keys and maintain the house and rent it out, so he could keep the money for his needs. The rent was within my budget but the house was in terrible condition. He was hoping to save money there as well and not fix it up and expected the renters to pay for fixing things like cleaning, new doors, switches, lights, fans & toilets. No one had been living in that house for over a decade! We held our laughter until we got out of there with vague promises of calling him. I later told him that it was too big for me as I was just 1 guy and I wanted something more modern.

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My School Years When I Was A Kid In Kuwait

Describe the schools you went to

Ok, so I am only going to mention the two schools I went to in Kuwait over here. The 3rd and final school I went to deserves it’s own long blog post. So let’s get to it – being born in Kuwait, I first went to playschool and at the age of 5 I was enrolled into Upper KG at a proper school. It was called Carmel School Kuwait and was run by Indian nuns and was basically a Catholic school. I went there because my elder sister went there. Also, it was mainly a girls school in that the¬† majority of the students were girls and they accept like 10-12 boys per class.

It was a fun school, though we had to get up really early to get to the school. 6am I think and we reached the school by 7 am and came home a little after lunch time. I remember crying on day 1 as I missed my parents but soon I made a lot of friends. However they made us boys sit at a desk with 2 girls on each side and sometimes it was just you and 3 girls. Now at that age we hated girls. I remember we had a lot of fun and it was a good time growing up. The school only took boys till the age of 10 or the 4th grade and therefore in my final year in Kuwait, my parents enrolled me in a school called New Indian School.

They were almost the opposite of Carmel School in that girls studied in one slot in the morning and boys in the afternoon to evening slot. Weird when I think about it now. We never had the same classes even during the overlapping hours. So that one year my class was all boys and it was ok since we were all 11 years old and girls were “yuck”. That year was fun too and I made a lot of friends including some who were in my previous classes in Carmel School. Best thing was you didn’t have to wake up early.

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Rocky (1976)

Rocky is a 1976 American sports drama film written by and starring Sylvester Stallone, and directed by John G. Avildsen. It tells the rags to riches American Dream story of Rocky Balboa (Stallone), an uneducated, kind-hearted working class Italian-American and small-time club fighter who, while working as a debt collector for a loan shark in the slums of Philadelphia, gets a shot at the world heavyweight championship. The film also stars Talia Shire as Rocky’s love interest Adrian, Burt Young as Adrian’s brother Paulie, Burgess Meredith as Rocky’s trainer Mickey Goldmill, and Carl Weathers as reigning champion Apollo Creed.

Made on a budget of just under $1 million, Rocky proved to be a sleeper hit, earning $225 million in global box office receipts and becoming the highest-grossing film of 1976. The film was critically acclaimed and solidified Stallone’s career, beginning his rise to prominence as a major movie star. Among other accolades, it received ten Academy Award nominations, winning three, including Best Picture. In 2006, the Library of Congress selected the film for preservation in the United States National Film Registry for being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant”. Critics consider Rocky one of the greatest sports films ever made and the American Film Institute ranked it the second-best in the genre, after Raging Bull, in 2008.

Describe A Favourite Vacation From Your Childhood

When I was 12-13 my extended family got together and decided to have a road trip to go and see a few places in South India. Like a joint family trip during the holidays. I think this was during the year 1988 and 1989 and the cities we hit up were Mangalore, Mysore, Coimbatore, Palghat, Madurai, Ooty & Kodaikannal. And I do not think that this was during the summer but it was during the 2 week period that we kids got off during Onam. Atleast that is what I remember it being the time around. And yes we went both years.

To ensure that we could all go along, the elders hired two 14 seater tempo travellers – the vehicle that you see in the inset pic. They came set with a tv/vcr and stereo system. I don’t remember who did not join but some of our relatives did not come along for the 1988 trip but joined us in between for a few hours in one place and I think for the second trip it was everyone. I do not remember who and why that was so. Anyways – getting older blows – despite that part, I remember a whole lot of other stuff. Like us, kids having a van to ourselves so we can play songs and games on the ride. I think my eldest cousin brother who was 21 at the time was in charge plus we also had two drivers in each van. I think we also had two Ambassador cars as well in our little convoy so everyone had space to stretch about.

We would hire out a few rooms so we could sleep peacefully at nights. Us boys shared a couple of rooms in various hotels and we had a lot of fun playing board games in the night while having dinners at restaurants along the way. Taking turns to go the shower or toilet non-withstanding, it was a fun trip. We still remember going to an art museum in Mysore and a few other fun places. That was the first time I had been to Kodaikannal and I would go there 2 more times. I love hill stations and the colder weather there. The second time around I was in a large car with my cousin and a driver we had hired up front and our moms and another aunt in the back. Overall the trips were great but it’s a shame that we can’t find any of the pics from those days.

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Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955)

Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy¬†is a 1955 American¬†horror comedy¬†film directed by¬†Charles Lamont¬†and starring the comedy team of¬†Abbott and Costello. It is the 28th and final Abbott and Costello film produced by¬†Universal-International. Rounding out the cast are Marie Windsor, Michael Ansara & Dan Seymour. This is the last film that Abbott and Costello made for Universal Pictures, although Universal released a compilation film of clips from their films, titled¬†The World of Abbott and Costello¬†in 1965. The day after filming completed, Abbott and Costello arrived in New York City to ride on the first float of the annual¬†Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Two bumblers get mixed up with Egyptian grave robbers and a murderous mummy. Pete and Freddie (Abbott and Costello) overhear a Cairo archaeologist’s chatter about discovering a legendary mummy and decide to apply as chaperons for the corpse’s journey to America. But when they arrive at the archaeologist’s home, he has been murdered, the mummy seems to have have disappeared, and to top it all off, the boys become owners of a sacred medallion that holds the key to the location of an ancient buried treasure that many would kill for!

Laptop & Home Setup From A Few Years Ago

Lol, I was just going through my old files which I have saved on an external drive or two and then some of the stuff I have copied onto the hard disk on this laptop. I have a folder called Gallery which I probably started filling with images of various things that I like and which I started back in 2010! Jeez, that is when I first bought a laptop as before that it was usually only desktops for me. When my old desktop of over 5 years had issues, I bought a Lenovo laptop and sold off the old desktop for parts.

So anyway I had collected a lot of images and I was fascinated with various laptop models so I would do a lot of research on various HP, Dell, Lenovo, Acer & Asus models among others and compare it with what I have. I think around 2011 is when I saw this image that you see here. At that time this was my dream combo of a laptop and phone. The BlackBerry Curve 8320, which is the phone I bought on January 1st of 2010 and an HP HSX 18t, which is an 18 inch laptop aimed to be a desktop replacement notebook. The reason I mentioned these two items and share this pic is because, at the time, these were my dream laptop and mobile to own.

Of the two, like I mentioned I only have bought the Curve and I had that with me when I downloaded this pic from some website. I never got the chance to own that model of laptop and I still see it as the ultimate kind of device to replace a desktop and make it my daily driver which I do not carry around but is still easy to take for repairs or travel. The phone though is another thing altogether; but at the time I really loved having that BlackBerry Curve!

Do You Wanna Go Back?

What do you think it would be like to live in the past? What year would you choose?

While I do not want to go back to the past, there are some good things about living in the 80s & the 90s that I wish I could get back. Things were much simpler back then, ofcourse as anyone who has lived a few decades will tell you about the years gone by. My time spent as a child was pretty happy for the most part and I wish I could get back those years of enjoyment.

I read more back then, I watched a lot of cable yet I went out more and met my friends and spend a lot of time with my cousins. We hung out, we sung songs and we have a great time playing cricket or football. Despite the fact that I hate cricket! We also played board games in the evenings and played quiz games before we went to sleep. The guys slept in one big room, the gals slept in another. This was a wonderful time to grow up. Even later on in the later 90s I think I enjoyed my life a lot more.

Ofcourse technology wise we didn’t have it as advanced. No internet or wifi or laptop computers and no smartphones. Cable tv was better at that time though as we still had great shows that were on the air in reruns or in sync with the international releases. And we had great music playing all the time.

Prompt from Lalilo February ’22 Writing Prompt Calendar at Lalilo.com