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Anil, Madhu and I wasted no time in ordering drinks and some snacks – mostly fish stuff, including some lovely squid plus my usual chilly gobi. We ate and drank and chatted loudly. Then the discussion got a little distracting – as religion always does. They both believe in a god (Madhu is a Hindu and Anil is a Christian) and I don’t. It went on for almost 90 minutes. Neither side was willing to give up and so it seemed wise to order a couple of more drinks and some soup.

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After soup, we had chappati and butter chicken (which was delicious) and then got to the payment part. Once that was done, we got into an auto and they dropped me off first, as I live closer. Now I am in my room after visiting the bathroom and washing my face, legs and hands. My belly is full and I feel a little fuzzy due to the drinks – a plesant kind of dullness. I’m going to watch Friends for a bit from my bed until sleep hits me and then it’s zzzzz’s for 8 hours. Goodnite everyone!

Ode To The 2 Days Off From Work

I can’t wait for tomorrow evening. As a person among millions in India and, I’m sure, many other parts of Asia who has to work 6 days a week, a 2 day weekend is a luxury to be treasured. That’s why I look forward to 6 pm tomorrow when I plan to leave the office and I only have to be back to work on Tuesday. Since, ofcourse, the 26th of January (Monday) is Indian Republic day and we get an off from our deary work life.

So for a person who is as of yet still waiting for his promotion hike, yet working equivalent or more of the position he has been promoted to for soon to be 7 months, a few things like this make it easier to bear the usual mind-numbing pressure. It is something that I have been looking forward to since January 2nd when the official holiday list was published for the year in our company.

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So what do I want to do during those two days – coffee, reading, coffee, a movie or two, coffee, some beer or vodka, music, coffee, sleep and….oh some coffee.

Hoping For A Few Drinks & Food With Friends

I’m excited about the chance of getting together with my buddies Anil & Madhu this Saturday. I haven’t seen them in a long while, 6 months or so, and I miss them both. Since Anil moved to Delhi, things have been quite on the friends front and Madhu and I have been promising to meet up once in a while but it just hasn’t taken place.

Mostly it is my fault. Things have been hectic at work but I should have made the time. It just didn’t pan out the way I wanted to. And I have been very lazy & tired on Sundays, preferring to stay in rather than go out and have some fun. It’s probably a mix of age and getting too stressed. And I have to admit that it’s been more hectic at the office lately.

So I look forward to this Saturday with some anticipation and hope that I can have 3-4 hours of drinking, eating & joking with my two best buds in the world. We have a great time together and it’s always the best when it’s us 3. I hope it goes according to plan.

Le Woof Stares At You

As most of my regular readers will know by now, I love dogs. I’ve had three dogs live with me at various stages and for various amounts of time. I miss having a furry friend who greets you with a wagging tail & a lick everytime you come home. Since I can’t keep a dog in my apartment and will have to wait until I get a new place, I post pics of dogs that I find on the net.

Just look at this pic of a handsome creature from photographer Scott in his website. What a cutie. An appropriately titled post ‘Le Woof’.

I Wish I Still Am 24

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Notes For 21st Jan, 09

  • I dunno if it’s a result of having been born (and raised for 11 years) in an Arab country, but my mouth waters as soon as I see dates (it also waters if I see women who I want to date)! I bought a packet of them this evening on my way home, just because I happened to see them.
  • Why would the new ‘Office Stationery + Gift Shop’, that opened near my apartment, be selling buckets? I have no idea.
  • Someone sent a mail that had images of ’80s Doordarshan (the state run national tv channel that only people without cable will watch now) as a nostalgic reminder to anyone who was in India during the 19080s? Anyone remember the old Mahabharata serial? Worse acting was never to be found.
  • It’s funny how the inauguration of the first ever African-American president (and a welcome relief, no doubt) has sparked off blog posts about Indians who should learn from it and settle differences of cultural & religious nature. Oh I’m all for it but it’s just funny!
  • I’m trying to change my ISP as they have been having an increase of technical & customer services glitches in the past few months. In the last 4 months, I have called them up more times that the previous 2 years!
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    Ding Dong, The Idiot’s Gone

    As Barack gets sworn in as the 44th President of the US of A, here’s a few quotes by the jackass who precedes him.

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    “I didn’t grow up in the ocean — as a matter of fact — near the ocean — I grew up in the desert. Therefore, it was a pleasant contrast to see the ocean. And I particularly like it when I’m fishing.” –George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Sept. 26, 2008

    “Amigo! Amigo!” –George W. Bush, calling out to Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in Spanish at the G-8 Summit, Rusutsu, Japan, July 10, 2008

    “Let’s make sure that there is certainty during uncertain times in our economy.” — George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., June 2, 2008

    “I heard somebody say, ‘Where’s (Nelson) Mandela?’ Well, Mandela’s dead. Because Saddam killed all the Mandelas.” –George W. Bush, on the former South African president, who is still very much alive, Washington, D.C., Sept. 20, 2007

    “As John Howard accurately noted when he went to thank the Austrian troops there last year…” –George W. Bush, referring to Australian troops as “Austrian troops,” APEC Business Summit, Sept. 7, 2007

    “The best thing about my family is my wife. She is a great first lady. I know that sounds not very objective, but that’s how I feel. And she’s also patient. Putting up with me requires a lot of patience.” –George W. Bush, Tipp City, Ohio, April 19, 2007

    “Make no mistake about it, I understand how tough it is, sir. I talk to families who die.” –George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Dec. 7, 2006

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    “I think the American people – I hope the American – I don’t think, let me – I hope the American people trust me.” -George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Dec. 18, 2002

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    RIP Kahn Noonien Singh aka Ricardo Montalban

    I’m 6 days late and if I hadn’t been browsing Mike Boon’s blog I would have come to know about it even more later. Ricardo Montalban died on the 14th of January, 2009 – the first celebrity icon to pass away in the new year as far as I am concerned. He was 88 and he had a heart failure.

    Montalban was born in Mexico city to Spanish parents and first made a name for himself playing role in Spanish language movies in his homeland. He would later become famous, after his move to Hollywood, in the tv role Mr. Roarke in the television series Fantasy Island, which he played from 1978 until 1984.
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    He also acted in two Planet Of The Apes movies and was the villian in the first Naked Gun movie as well as the role of the spy grandfather in Spy Kids 2 & 3. May he rest in peace!

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    We Rushed To Get Home But….

    There was this old timer political leader who passed away today. Communist party or something (can’t you tell that I hate fucking politics). All them buggers coming to the city caused traffic jams and rerouting during the day. Several colleagues who work in the afternoon shifts were about an hour or so late coming in to work.

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    • Ledger’s “Why So Serious?” line will be remembered as one of the top 10 movie dialogues of all time.
    • Gary Oldman can play good guys too! :)
    • Is there any big movie without Morgan Freeman? And is there anyone more cooler at his age?
    • Eric Roberts does a fine job in his small role as does Michael Caine (the perfect “Alfred”) in his not so small role
    • Is that Michael Jai White in a tiny role? He was SPAWN! C’mon man! What the hell happened to his career?
    • I was surprised to see Keith Szarabajka in a tiny role in the film. Angel fans will remember him as Angel’s arch-nemesis “Holtz”.
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    • Batman speaks in a rougher voice than Bruce Wayne – maybe the suit is too tight around the neck!!
    • Aaron Eckhart is awesome as Harvey “Two Face” Dent. He’s better than (gulp) Tommy Lee Jones! But did they have to kill him in the movie?
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    Garon Traded After Good Game

    I wonder how Mathieu Garon must feel right about the time when he heard the news. And how would you feel yourself? Goalie Garon had just been part of an Edmonton Oilers win against the Colorado Avalanche. He had a very strong period & a half about mid-way from the second and been chosen the second star of the game. Next thing he knows he has been traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Penguins acquired the Chandler (Quebec) native goaltender in exchange for goaltender Dany Sabourin, forward Ryan Stone and a fourth round draft pick in the 2011 Entry Draft.

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