Modem Dead

So I didn’t have broadband at home for the day. Last night, I switched the modem off as it was thundering and lightning and as I usually do, I pull the plug of the board that has my laptop, speakers and modem connected and I also remove the Ethernet cable that is connected to my laptop.

About an hour later as the lightning and thunder died down, I plugged it all back up, only to find that the modem lights were not switching back on. I tried it again and saw that it had died on me. This is the second Asianet provided modem that has died on me. I guess the last time, well over a year ago, as well was due to lightning or so it seems.

I have coverage on the modem so they had to replace it for me but it just seems odd that this happens. And what’s worse is they were supposed to come in this morning and then when I called in the afternoon on not seeing anyone they were supposed to come in this evening and yet here I am at 11:47 pm with Asianet not coming through on their promises yet again.

Their customer services have become bad on a regular basis.

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Do you share your real self online?

Mostly, yes. I would say….hell….I think I do share my real self online. Whether it is Facebook, Twitter, Youtube or this here blog, I am true to myself. I mostly have shares my life on this blog, some of which I have held back because those are deeply intimate thoughts. Everyone has a dark side, everyone has a shade of black where our deepest and darkest thoughts emanate from.

Those thoughts, for me atleast, are temporary and come when I have had a tough time and in moments of frustration and anger. A little while later, I will back to my usual self and these thoughts go away. I am fun loving most of the time and I believe in being fair and treating people in a nice manner (and hopefully get that back) but you know, the world is not like that and you have a lot of assholes who are out to ruin things for everyone else.

My fears and hopes, my likes and dislikes, my thoughts and ideas and my wishes for mankind (and dogkind and kittehkind) are etched in words and black & white on this blog. This is me, open and as I am. No bullshit!

Prompt from 31 DAYS OF OCTOBER WRITING PROMPTS at The SitsGirls

Money! Money! Money!

Write about your relationship with money.

I love money but I wish we didn’t need money for survival. I have a love/hate relationship with money in that I always want more but hate that I do. I need things and for that I need money. Also, I can never save. Every couple of months I end up saving a quarter of my salary and I prematurely pat myself on the back. Alas! It soon turns out to be short lived.

I have a good salary at the moment but for several years I was underpaid and I couldn’t do much about it. Now, it’s much better but I could use more. Twice what I am getting. Three times what I am getting. Infact I want to win a large lottery so I can retire and enjoy my wealth. I want to purchase more things and make my folks very comfortable. I would like to have the things that I want and have enough to travel abroad.

But I do wish that we are in the 24th century era of Star Trek and we didn’t have to have any form of currency to live. No one works for money but you can replicate the things that you want and need, including food, drink, clothes, luxuries, materials needed for homes, musical instruments and you don’t have to play for travel, etc etc. That is a dream!

Prompt from Cheryl Strayed’s writing prompts

Another Inconvenient Harthal

So now we have another harthal that will be inflicted on the state. The people of this state have got their priorities so ass backwards. We do not need or want and certainly could avoid more of these kind of strikes and disturbances in the daily life. It’s not certain yet but if what I am hearing is true, then this is going to be a 24 hour harthal.

If it starts at midnight then I will have to leave early from the office as I may not get cabs beyond 11 pm and it will be very difficult for me to get back home. This will also mean that we won’t be able to work on Thursday and will have to compensate for it during the weekend. With Friday being a holiday we will have to work on either Saturday or Sunday. Now, since I have people in the batch that live in towns or cities away from Cochin, it will be best to make them work on Sunday instead of Saturday so that they can get 3 days off continuously.

If I have to make them work on Saturday instead, then they will have 2 days off and then work on Saturday and then take Sunday off. That will be inconvenient but it’s not the end of the world. I guess I will find out later today.

Dealing In The Dark Arts

Although I am aware that such perceptions exists, whenever I hear stuff like this I am in awe of the stupidity. Yet another Christian, specifically Roman Catholic, was under the assumption that atheism means worshiping the devil and being involved in the black arts and stuff like that. Take a moment to soak in the level of the stupidity.

I know this is what several Christians believe. I am sure that Hindus and Muslims have similar beliefs no doubt taught to them by their so called learned wise men of the cloth and perpetuated by them. Though, I have yet to be called doing the work of Satan or similar such things by Hindus or Muslims. It is usually Christians who claim or say or ask that.

Though I must say that my sympathies lie with Lucifer in the stories of Christian mythology. Always! Hail Satan!

2018 Star Trek Movie Rewatch

Since 2014 I have decided to do my Star Trek movie marathon every two years. So in November of that year I started watching all 12 movies that were released until that point. Remember this is only the movies since the series will take a much longer, longer time to get through all the shows and episodes.

I did the same thing in 2016 but this time I had the 2016 release Star Trek Beyond to add to the list. So this year as well we will have the 13 movie Star Trek movie rewatching that is due every two years. I guess I will start in November but since I have a 3 day weekend coming up this week due to Friday being a holiday, I could actually start it earlier. Nah, I guess I will wait for the new tv to arrive and start then. Which could be next weekend!

Question is should I start with The Motion Picture (1979) which is the first ever movie or start with Star Trek (2009) the reboot/alternative timelime/Kelvinverse? I usually start with TMP but this year I guess I could start with the 2009 movie. Oh well, I will decide once I start it off.

Another 3 Day Weekend Coming This Way

Whaaat? I love this. We get another 3 day weekend and it’s next week. That is so awesome. This Friday is Durga Puja which is a Hindu holiday/festival. It isn’t celebrated much in Kerala but schools, colleges and most offices have a day off on the final day of the festival.

So once again, I will make plans and I will say that I will do this, this, this and also some of that. In the end….I will probably do none of them, which is like always, but I still plan and scheme for the long weekend plans. I think this time I am not going to say or plan anything. I will just let it flow and let things happen as they may.

But I am sure that there will beer and there will be pizza in those 3 days. And there will be watching of a few movies. Oh damn, did I just make a plan? I only wish I could have my tv delivered before this weekend.

Nightman

I am so tired. I have just completed a week at work doing the 1:30 am to 9:30 am shift. Yes, you read that correctly! The dreaded shifts of all dreaded shifts.

I would reach home by 10:30 or maybe just before and go straight to bed. I would wake up either by 3:30pm or 4 pm and have coffee and whatever little food is there. Nothing too heavy. Maybe a sandwich with just mayo and lettuce. During these past days I watched a movie on some days and a few tv show episodes on others. I would sit at the computer and try to relax.

I would try and get a couple more hours of sleep like at around 9:30pm and wake up at 11:30 pm so I can be a bit more refreshed. I would brush my teeth, get a coffee and by midnight I would shave and shower and get ready to go to work. I hail an Uber and go to work. I can’t do that for a long time but once in a while this shift is ok, even if it is tiring.

Bought A Smart TV Online

I finally bought my first ever tv! Yay! Now when I say that, this is the first ever tv I have personally bought. I haven’t watched anything on a tv for over 10 years but there is a tv in this apartment in the living room but only my parents watch that.

I watch everything on my computer, my current 15.6 in Dell. That is gonna change. I placed an order for the Mi LED Smart TV 4A 80 cm (32)

Highlights
  • 20 W Speaker Output
  • 1366 x 768 HD Ready – Great picture quality
  • 60 Hz : Standard refresh rate for blur-free picture quality
  • 3 x HDMI : For set top box, consoles and Blu-ray players
  • 2 x USB : Easily connect your digital camera, camcorder or USB device
  • Ultra-bright LED display
  • Powerful 20W stereo speakers
  • 700,000+ hours of content on PatchWall
  • 64-bit quad-core processor, 1GB RAM + 8GB Storage
  • One remote: Control TV, set-top box and more

Bloodied Knee Memory

Write about a memory of a physical injury.

I was about 16 or maybe 17. Probably 16 I think. I had bought my spanking new bicycle when I was 15 back in 1990, something called a Street Cat. I loved that cycle a lot. I mostly used it to go around the little suburban town my family lived in from 1987 onwards. I also rode it to my tuition classes that I attended for Math, Physics and Chemistry.

My childhood friend Renjish, who lived less than a kilometer away, attended the same tuition classes as me and we rode together in the mornings on the weekends and evenings on other days. We rode on the bad roads up and down and we had some slopes on the way. For two years I had no incidents. But one evening, I tripped and feel on my left knee which was bloodied and bruised.

I had to go to the doctor and I was limping. He advised me to stay off my feet for 5 days and rest at home. I also remember my sister and my cousin sister, who lived with us for 3 years while she was in an engineering college close to my home, fussed over me and got me soft drinks and snacks and pillows. Which was weird as they never did that any other time I got sick and was laid up. Oh well!

Prompt from CHERYL STRAYED’S WRITING PROMPTS

Where Do We Go Now?

If you were going on a trip to any place in the world today, where would you go and what would you do?

Easy, peacy! Canada. I want to go to Canada and I want to see all the places that I want to see. I have several cities and towns that I would like to visit and several places that I want to see for myself and take in the beauty and the sights to see.

Not just the big cities like Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa, Edmonton, Halifax, Calgary, Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, St. John’s etc etc but also the smaller cities and suburbs that dot the periphery of these big cities and have a character of their own. I want to drink Canadian craft beer and watch a few NHL games in the 7 Canadian cities that currently host a team. I want to go and see the shooting venues of some of my favourite movies and tv shows.

Take me there now! It’s perfect since they have their Thanksgiving on the 8th and I’ve always wanted to have a nice Turkey dinner.

Prompt from 31 DAYS OF OCTOBER WRITING PROMPTS at The SitsGirls

Dark & Stormy Day Dos

What do you like to do on a dark and stormy day?

The same thing I’d like to do on other days off and if I am staying in at home. I’d like to sit at my desk with my laptop and browse Youtube. I’d drink a couple of big cups of strong black coffee while I spend my time online. I would blog. I would check the highlights of football games played in various leagues.

I would play music and look for good quality live concert versions of songs from my favourite bands. I would order in some food or see what is available in the kitchen. Stare at the clouds and the rain from my balcony or my windows. Watch a couple of movies in my room. Sleep.

All the simple things in life.

Prompt from 31 DAYS OF OCTOBER WRITING PROMPTS at The SitsGirls

Back To Work I Go

This here is exactly how I feel right now. After 4 days of enjoyment and relaxation, only on one of which I actually ventured outside the apartment. 4 day weekend or mini-holiday from work and stuff. 4 days where I didn’t have to worry about the crap at work and relax and sleep in if I wanted to or watch as many movies or do whatever I wanted to. If I only hadn’t been suffering from that nasty cold and sinus infection then I would have had an even more enjoyable long weekend.

The cold subsided by late Sunday evening which meant I could still go out on Monday and enjoy a day out shopping and have a nice meal outside for lunch. But I still did get tired very quickly and couldn’t do everything that I had wanted to. Unfortunately there weren’t any good films that I wanted to see running in Lulu PVR Gold, the only theatre I go to anymore. So I did not go to Lulu although I could have on Monday as it would have been one of their less crowded days.

I didn’t drink beer or vodka during these days as I was ill. Maybe this Sunday I will get me some beer or drink some Smirnoff. Sigh! Anyways, it’s back to the grind again for 4 more days (as we have to work on Saturday to compensate for getting Monday off.

Humid Day Out

What a day! Today has been hot, though not too sunny, and humid as we had clouds hovering over and it looked like it might rain a bit. Well only drizzling is what we got later on in the evening.

Anyways, I got showered and shaved in time to leave home at 12 but there was a huge protest going on the main road. Political party workers and hired goons were blocking the main road and making it difficult for people to pass by in their cars, bikes and buses. The cops came in droves and chased away the protestors from this area. Hold your protest in front of the High Court, the government buildings or the collectorate office or wherever the fuck but not on the road.

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They used water hoses and threatened to douse the protestors who then slinked away to lick their “wounds” but there still were bog buses of cops around. I went to have some lasagna and cold coffee in Kawaha and then went to shop for shirts (look at the pic above) at Men’s Studio. By then I was tired and then went to my bank in Ravipuram. After that it was almost 4 pm and I went to Center Mall to buy some groceries and toiletries and when that was done it was 4:45 pm and I was hungry again.

So I had a burger at Burger King and then came on home. At 7 pm I had a coffee and I will have a light dinner after 9pm. So tired.

4 Day Staycation Coming Up!

We have a 4 day staycation coming up, people! This is actually due to an agreement with our company. Tuesday is Gandhi Jayanthi and thus a national holiday. With Saturday & Sunday off, we’d have to come in to work on Monday, which is usually ok. But we have 150 new hire employees who are currently in training and most of them aren’t from Cochin. Rather than having them come in on Monday, we give them an off on Monday and make them work on Saturday.

Simple and easy solution. And good for all of us too in the training department as we get to enjoy a 4 days vacation. Much needed one. And I can tell you this, with a sinus infection and a cough, no one needs it more than I do! I dunno what I will do these 4 days, as planning does not seem to work out for me whenever I have 3 or 4 days off. Instead I will wing it and see what happens and how I feel. If I feel good I will go out tomorrow and do a bit of shopping.

If I do feel better than I plan on staying in on Saturday and go out on Sunday or Monday. I would like to go to buy a few shirts and collect my pants that I have given for stitching. I hope I get to do that and enjoy a day out with a nice lunch. Doesn’t look like I will be drinking though.

Marriage

What Are Your Beliefs About Marriage?

This from a 42 year old bachelor who does not see things changing any time in the future due to various reasons. I love the idea of getting married and being married. I have no issues with commitments. I wish I had found the right woman for me, I wish my circumstances were different and I wish I could have gotten married by age 29-32. I just wish my situation was different.

I miss having someone to love and to love me. I miss having that companionship, a warm body to hold and to lay in bed with. I miss having a woman who loves me. I don’t think I will ever get that feeling again, it just doesn’t seem to work out for me. I am all for marriage. Get married by the age of 30, between the ages of 25-30 and stay married. Try to make the correct choice and work hard to make it work.

Compromise, adjustments, working together, partnership, companionship and the feeling of never ever being lonely as long as both of you are alive. Isn’t that what marriage should be? So yeah I am all for it.

Prompt from The Learning Network at The New York Times

S W Dvogon Wallet

I love shopping online mainly because I am lazy to go to more than one store in person and I like the flexibility that online stores like Amazon.in, Snapdeal, Flipkart, eBay and now the new for me Club Factory provides.

Club Factory does not have the range of Amazon but they do have a nice collection nonetheless and their app is pretty darn good. It was a sponsored post on Facebook recently that led me to them and that was the first time I had ever heard about them though, on checking, some friends/colleagues have bought from them in the past and continue to do so.

I hadn’t and hence I was a little apprehensive when placing my two orders but I have got them both and am happy with the packaging and how the product looks. The packaging, though minimalist, is good enough but they could do better on the shipping time (which is 10-12 days and that is crazy for India). I bought two wallets and am loving them both. Why 2? Well one is a back up and a simple one but the other is this gorgeous beast you see in the upper left pic.

This wallet is from S W Dvogan (designer name I guess) and it’s a beautiful short paragraph wallet for men. It’s damn fine and looks and feels luxurious.

Superhero Stuff

Is anyone fed up or getting superhero movie fatigue? Not me. I hope the MCU carries on and on for a long, long time. As well as the DCEU grows and makes more movies and becomes as successful as the MCU. I do not see myself ever getting tired of it, though I do think more than 3-4 superhero films a year can be tedious.

I am excited about the upcoming films like Auquaman, Captain Marvel & the as of yet unnamed 4th Avengers film. I hope there will be a Ben Affleck Batman movie (or 2 or 3) and we are going to get Shazam, Wonder Woman 2, Cyborg & The Flash as well a new reboot Green Lantern film as well  by the time 2020 is done and dusted. That is good pacing.

Unlike a lot of fans I never was a big comics fan. I read some Superman, Batman, a bit of the Avengers, some Iron man, Thor, a bit of Green Arrow & Green Lantern and The Flash as a kid. Spiderman on tv as the cartoon but never read many comics and watched Batman & Superman movies and Wonder Woman on tv. I had never heard of Black Panther, Dr. Strange,  Deadpool, The X-Men, Captain Marvel etc until the movies were announced. My superhero was the Phantom, whose comics were very popular in India and which I read after moving here back in 1987.