Think Before You Speak

My cousin Manoj send this to me while we were chatting tonight:

Here are six reasons why you should think before you speak –
the last one is great!
Have you ever spoken and wished that you could
immediately take the words back…
or that you could crawl into a hole?
Here are the Testimonials of a few people who did….

I walked into a hair salon with my husband and three kids in tow
and asked loudly,
“How much do you charge for a shampoo and a blow job?”
I turned around and walked back out and never went back
My husband didn’t say a word…
he knew better.
I was at the golf store comparing different kinds of golf balls.
I was unhappy with the women’s type I had been using.
After browsing for several minutes,
I was approached by one of the good-looking gentlemen who works at the store.
He asked if he could help me.
Without thinking, I looked at him and said, “I think I like playing with men’s balls”

My sister and I were at the mall and
passed by a store that sold a
variety of candy and nuts.
As we were looking at the display case,
the boy behind the counter asked if we needed any help.
I replied, “No, I’m just looking at your nuts.”
My sister started to laugh hysterically.
The boy grinned, and I turned beet-red and walked away. To this day,
my sister has never let me forget.

While in line at the bank one afternoon,
my toddler decided to release
some pent-up energy and ran amok.
I was finally able to grab hold of
her after receiving looks of disgust
and annoyance from other patrons.
I told her that if she did not start behaving
“right now” she would be punished.
To my horror, she looked me in the eye and said in a voice just ! as threatening,
“If you don’t let me go right now,
I will tell Grandma that I saw you
kissing Daddy’s pee-pee last night!”
The silence was deafening after this enlightening exchange.
Even the tellers stopped what they were doing.
I mustered up the last of my dignity and
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walked out of the bank with my daughter in tow.
The last thing I heard when the door closed behind me, were screams of laughter.

Have you ever ! asked your child a question too many times?
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My three-year-old son had a lot of problems with potty training and I was on him constantly.
One day we stopped at Taco Bell for a quick lunch, in between errands
It was very busy, with a full dining room.
While enjoying my taco,
I smelled something funny,
so of course I checked
my seven-month-old daughter, she was clean.
The realized that Danny
had not asked to go potty in a while.
I asked him if he needed to go,
and he said “No”.
I kept thinking
“Oh Lord, that child has had an accident, and I don’t have any clothes with me.”
Then I said,
“Danny, are you SURE you didn’t have an accident?”
“No,” he replied.
I just KNEW that he must have had an accident, because the smell was getting worse.

Soooooo, I asked one more time, “Danny did you have an accident ? This time he jumped up, yanked down his pants,
bent over, spread his cheeks
and yelled
While 30 people nearly choked to death on their tacos laughing,
he calmly pulled up his pants and sat down.
An old couple made me feel better,
thanking me for the best laugh they’d ever had!

This had most of the state of Michigan laughing for 2 days
and a very embarrassed female news anchor who will,
in the future, likely think before she speaks.
What happens when you predict snow but don’t get any!
We had a female news anchor that,
the day after it was supposed to have snowed and didn’t,
turned to the weatherman and asked:
“So Bob, where’s that 8 inches you promised me last night?”
Not only did HE have to leave the set,
but half the crew did too they were laughing so hard!

Now, didn’t that feel good?
Pass it on to someone you know who needs a laugh
and remember
we all say things we don’t really mean,
so think before you speak

Sick Day

A few things I did while I was sick today:

  • Slept the afternoon away, for the first time in ages. It helped.
  • Drank a soothing cup of lemon-tea that I think I should try more often
  • Watched some WWE (Smackdown) action
  • Read most of the articles in the latest Reader’s Digest
  • Chatted with my cousin Manoj, who tends to disappear of the radar a lot
  • Created a photo gallery using Coppermine the last starfighter dvd Photo Gallery software
  • Wondered if it will ever replace Flickr in my life & site
  • Found out that my current company is going to attempt to retain me
  • Had some mineral soda and liked it
  • Discovered a family group in Orkut that was filled with strangers (except for Raju, Priya, Shanker, Manoj & Shalini
  • Found out later that those strangers were infact my second & possible third cousins
  • Found that a little weird
  • Found out that Mike Comrie has signed with my Ottawa Senators in a mid-season transfer
  • Ate only kanji (rice & water) with chammandi (coconut paste & chillies)

Song for the day – “Digging A Hole” – BIG SUGAR

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The Smell Of Leather

It was my weekly off from work today and I had a few things to do. But it didn’t quite work out as I had planned. First of all, I woke up past 10:00 am since I went to sleep only by 3:30 am. I slowly had breakfast and read the paper and was taking a shower by 11. However Lakshmi called me from Chennai and asked me about the change in jobs. Then as usual we chatted about all our friends from the office days and spoke about all the things that have happened. I learned that Gijimol is pregnant and is expected to deliver in a few more weeks. It is always good to talk to Lachu, who is one of my closest friends but I can’t get to see her anymore. Anyway, by 12 I had to end the conversation and left for Jos Junction.

At Jos, I first activated & recharged my new sim and then at the same shop, which was a shoe shop that also does mobile recharges & sells sims, I asked them if they had an executive style bag. They had a wide variety of them indeed and after a few minutes I selected a really nice one; the pic you see on the extreme right!

That done, I took an auto to Panampilly Nagar to pay my broadband bill at Tata-VSNL. It was 1 pm by then and from there I went to Shenoys to check out both Music World & Planet M. They both had extremely bad selections at the moment so I didn’t buy anything or spend my time there. Instead I went to have coffee at the CCD opposite Music World and had, what would be my only lunch, a choco frappe. The mood at CCD was not great as a bunch of noisy school girls were there chatting like mad and giggling into their cell phones. Some other more grown up crowd was there and I rarely enjoy it in CCD if they have a huge crowd, so I left early.

Then it was off to buy a couple of shirts, but they had a really bad selection (it must be because we are just into the New Year) that I only selected a black one. They really had some crappy shirts which I would not be caught dead in. As I was paying for it, I noticed the display of leather wallets and on close inspection, the one I have with me was tearing in a few places and at the stitches. It was getting ready to be put down and so I bought me a new cool wallet (Pictures 1 to 3). I just love the smell of fresh leather! After that, I was feeling tired and sleepy so didn’t bother to have lunch and just came home for a short nap.

Song for the day – “Silent All These Years” – TORI AMOS

Sunday Blues

I used to like working on Sundays; there’s less pressure, everyone is more relaxed, it’s less tense, there’s no upper management (lazing on their sofas no doubt) and it is overall quite enjoyable and casual. Ofcourse a really bad Sunday can ruin it and be a terror or a very slow and dull one can be a pain as well. My experience of working on Sundays are usually good.

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But, as expected, I just cannot sit at the office now that I given my resignation. It bores me to death and I was so restless the past three days since. I didn’t go ahead with my plan of aggressive training to improve quality since I would not be able to finish it. I basically can’t do anything there now. The 5th was a blur mostly, people coming to ask me if it was true that I had resigned and stuff. Then yesterday I spent my day doing…nothing. I spoke to many of the people and spent time with those who were closest to me. I won’t be able to do this much longer so I am taking my time with each person. I did more of the same today.

Last night I couldn’t sleep, and woke up very tired. I just didn’t want to go to work but forced myself to anyway. I couldn’t wait for evening to roll around so that I could leave as I was bored. I took up a new connection from the company that I am gonna join; they are gonna give me a good offer for a connection in a few days but I took one anyhow out of the sheer excitement of joining them. I dilly-dallied over coffee and stayed to talk with several people for quite a long time. Finally I took my leave and headed homeward.

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I wasn’t quite ready to go home, so I got down near one of the Cafe Coffee Days and who should I meet on the road – Kannanchettan! I pulled him in to have coffee; his was mochachillo and mine Irish. We spoke for sometime while we had our coffees, about my old company, my new one, about all the crap that has happened to our families and about getting out of India if given half a chance! He is awaiting his passport and will try to go abroad and make some money. After a while, we decided to go to a club and have some vodkas (with lime cordial & lemons) a couple of light snacks. We spent almost an hour and a half there and spoke about his brother Arun for most of it. Then we went out separate ways. I had a nice dinner and came back home.

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86 Rules Of Boozing


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1. If you owe someone money, always pay them back in a bar. Preferably during happy hour.

2. Always toast before doing a shot.

3. Whoever buys the shot gets the first chance to offer a toast.

4. Change your toast at least once a month.

5. Buying someone a drink is five times better than a handshake.

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Ripping CDs

This will be the year of ripping my Cds and making mp3s out of the songs. I don’t want to waste electricity by using the pc and playing songs on my stereo – in fact I haven’t used it in a long while. So, I’m doing the wise thing and creating mp3s of all the songs in my cd collection. It will take a while, even though I do not have that big a cd collection like some people. I wish I could do something about the massive stack of tapes that I have! Casette tapes suck and I can barely play most of them. Oh well, there’s always Limewire and Kazaa to fall back on.

So to start off, I just picked three cds from my stack; just took the top three nearest to me and the first three are (drumroll please!!!)

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I would be lying if I told you that I wasn’t more than a little scared about starting off at a new place of work. My security blanket that was the net of friends & colleagues and friendly colleagues that are in my current place of work in some capacity or the other won’t be available to me at the new company. Ok, I do have a few friends or rather acquaintances over there (which is how I got my foot in the door in the first place) but it’s nothing compared to what I have here. After I sent out sms after sms to most of the people here, informing them that I had just resigned as I got a new job, several called me back to enquire about the details while others sent back smses of the congratulatory kind.

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I know that they have my best interests in mind and that they have felt sorry for my state of being since Jan 06. So they are happy for me that I will be getting a better pay and a better status, even if it somewhere else. Do I dare assume that I will be getting similar kind of feeling from another place? I have always been able to make friends fast and people generally seem to like me & be fond of me. I know that, to some,for a guy of 30 it may seem….childish! But I assure you that it is no such thing, just a lonely guy’s thoughts. And in return I do get attached to people.

Well in a few minutes I will have to get ready to go to work. These next few days will be the hardest and the longest of the year that I have spent here. But they should not have any resentment to me leaving them. After all, it’s not like they have really done that much for me. I have done more than what they pay me for and I don’t even get any credit back for it; forget about payment. Everyone I met for the interview in the new company asked me the same thing – you were actually doing two jobs that was not meant to be done! My thoughts exactly. I could not concentrate on the training & quality aspects of my job since I also had to do supervision. It is a sad part of the fact that I did really enjoy my job but perhaps not really working there since certain people came in to higher posts.

Song for the day – “The Wonderful Future” – OUR LADY PEACE

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The Adventures of Tintin & Gang

The Adventures of Tintin has always been one of my favourite childhood comics. A few of my cousins & I being engrossed in reading and discussing the series is definitely a treasured childhood memory. As pictured above, the main cast of the comic book series is as follows: Captain Haddock, Tintin, Snowy the dog, Professor Cuthbert Calculus and the mumbling police detectives Thomson & Thompson. Pictured & certainly an essential supporting cast of the series includes Nestor, Captain Haddock’s butler, famed opera singer Bianca Castafiore & her maid Irma. Arch-villains are Muller the evil German doctor, and Rastapopolous the criminal mastermind.

Although the series start out with just Tintin on adventures with only Snowy for company, soon he is joined by the Captain, the Professor & the detectives. Incidentally, although they are remarkably alike in appearance and mannerisms, the detectives are not actually twins or even brothers! Something I learnt today. Which explains why they are called Thompson & Thomson (Thompson with a ‘P’ & Thomson without a ‘P’). They are always a hoot and manage to get themselves in trouble a lot.

Professor Calculus is nearly completely deaf & very absent-minded but has a lot of inventions that are widely used within the series and indeed been even the main storyline as well. Captain Haddock is a former Merchant Navy captain whose ancestor left him the beautiful Marlinspike Hall – a setting for some of the adventures. He is short-tempered and loves to drink and often uses cusswords like “billions of bilious blue blistering barnacles”, “ten thousand thundering typhoons”, “troglodytes”, “bashi-bazouk”, “kleptomaniac”, “anacoluthon”, and “pockmark”, but nothing that is actually considered a swear word.

These were often used by me and some other male cousins when verbally attacking my sister and our female cousins. And ofcourse Snowy, a loyal pet & companion who has gotten drunk on a few occasions by drinking spilled whiskey and is always on the lookout for a bone or two.

My New Job!

I got the new job that I had applied for! Yaay me! Surprisingly enough I was selected for the job of trainer in the call centre & customer care division of the rival cell phone service company of my current post. They are unable to take me on the company payrolls as I have not completed my graduation (fair enough)! The pay is much better and I feel really good about it. I almost jumped with joy, after meeting with the HR manager in this company and when everything was finalized. He asked me to complete the formalities today and I was eager to do so as well. I think, I kinda knew that I would get this job from the moment I met the call centre manager over there; it just gave me an overall great feeling. And I am so happy about it. So I went over to where I am supposed to sign up and waited until they drafted me the offer letter and other documents which I am to sign and fill and hand over to them in due time.

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The downside of this is that I have to join them next week by Wednesday! That does not give me much time to prepare leaving from my current company and I won’t be able to give them a 15 day notice which is the norm. I know that no one likes to be faced with an executive who goes off without that 15 days but I cannot help it. I would love to be able to give them that – they have been great to me but not the main company! I have only good feeling about the bpo and my fellow staff there. I teared up as I sat and wrote my resignation letter and signed it in front of Baanu & Namrata. They were understanding but at the same time they too are planning on putting their papers and have supported my decision in quitting. I am gonna miss the both of them as whole lot.

What about my kids? The agents in the call centre, the majority of who I have given training and the majority of whom hold me close to their heart. I know several of them are gonna miss me and I am really gonna miss a lot of them. There are a few who are really new and a couple of downright assholes who I couldn’t care a rat’s ass about! Everyone else is dear to me. But all things must come to an end! I can always look back with pride and joy at what I have accomplished there.

Song for the day – “Photograph” – NICKELBACK

Recently Purchased Books

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I must tell you that I have re-discovered my passion for books with a strong commitment. For years since the advancement of the internet and the high accessability of cable tv, novels & books were left on the backburner. I remember having a good collection of novels, either purchased by myself or given to me as a gift from a friend or relative. I read everything and used to get immersed in the process; creating faces for the characters that I was bonding with and imagining every scene which I could see in my mind as if I were watching it on a tv. Even while reading the dialogues I would actually hear a voice and attach a tone and accent to it! Weird, yeah I know!

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But then for a while I didn’t read as much, selling off all my books save a few and hardly every reading a new one in ages. Recently I have started the hobby all over again and hope that this time, even with broadband connection, cable & an active work life, I will never stop reading. For sometime now, I have been occasionally stopping by the used book fair held at MG Road near Padma (selling mostly used books from the US and Canada) and get great books at bargain price. I will enter a review on the above three books at a later time; I’m not sure but I am thinking of creating a separate page for all the books that I own. We’ll see!

Time To Spring Into Action

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I have some ideas on how to go about the new year and will start with smaller sessions and bring other people for specialized areas – like technical, complaints & other such stuff. I got the ok for it but time, resources and space is limited, so I have to make do with what I have.

Meanwhile, I got a call from the HR department of the company with which I have applied and interviewed with for the job. They wanted me to come down there today but since I had to start work early for today’s session and since they called me only at 11:00 pm (which really didn’t give me much notice and time to arrange anything) I begged them to change it to tomorrow. I hope they understand that I really want the job with them but since I have committed to doing the things I have planned today, there is no way that I can wiggle out of it. It would seem hypocritical of me to ask & suggest for something and not have that something done because I am not there! So, as much as I want to go to meet with the HR people there, I have stuff to do today.

Song for the day – “On Walks The Night” – JESSE COOK

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Alien vs Predator

My first movie review of 2007 is on a sci-fi/horror/action flick that boasts the battle of two of Hollywood’s most awesome alien creatures. Alien vs Predator is a showdown between the two franchises, both owned by 20th Century Fox, and is an impressive special effects display of mammoth proportions. An expeditions of scientists investigates what appears to be a pyramid near an abandoned Antartic island outpost. They stumble upon an ancient civilization’s construction that used to house the Alien Queen and her offspring. The Predator species have been coming to earth once every 100 years in a warrior ritual of some kind in which they hunt the Aliens. The Predators themselves helped the ancient human civilization build the Pyramid and let the Queen Alien produce eggs that create enough formidable prey for the warrior race Predators. Now the scientist team are caught between them and finally one human remains, who joins forces with the lone remaining Predator to vanquish the Alien!

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The movie got mixed reviews, opened well but soon disappeared from theatres across the globe. I remember this movie getting a huge, hyped up promotions, even in India, like it was the battle between two titans and the showdown was a must see. Well, after seeing it, I must say that : as always I am fascinated by Aliens & space and stuff. Especially where they are linked to theology. Like a few movies out there (Star Gate coming to mind as foremost among them), this one shows that early humans worshiped the much advanced Alien species and treated them as gods. Which is what I consider all such notions of any gods to be. If you claim that a god was here, I claim that he/she/they were aliens from another much advanced world.


Now that 2007 is underway, I have created a small wishlist of things that I want to get or happen during the next 12 months.

  • Get my own website started with my own domain account – Check
  • Get a new job or get changes implemented for in my current one
  • Get a raise – it’s been 3 frickin’ years
  • Lose weight ….. ahem!
  • Move away from family
  • Find soulmate
  • Get married…..preferably to soulmate
  • Get a Blackberry – my current company does not offer them but the one I just interviewed with, does!
  • Learn to cook something other than eggs & instant noodles
  • Organize my stuff much better
  • Save a lot more money than I am doing now

That outta do it for now!

Song for the day – “Wishlist” – PEARL JAM

So I Didn’t Know I Was Off

Having worked all night on getting this website up and running and setting up WordPress, I was surprising still fresh as a butterfly today. I only went to bed around 4:15 am but got up around 9:30 without any trouble. I guess the excitement & satisfaction of finally having my own website space, that I paid for, under my own domain name was giving me a big boost of energy. I couldn’t wait to start searching for WP themes. Frankly speaking, even the default theme with a few tweaks and some colourfull headers would look fine. Check out this site. Even without the tweaks and colours, the default theme still looks pretty good, like Cameron Bales’ site or my buddy Jody’s site.

But I wanted a different look, although I didn’t know exactly what I wanted. I tried out a lot of different looks and I might try to keep changing it from time to time, while keeping this current theme as the main one. There are some really good options that is out there and I really think anyone wanting to setup their own site should get WordPress as their tool of choice. So after trying out around 30 of them in the test runs that they give you, I decided on this one. Please e-mail me and let me know what you think of the design.

I was doing an evening shift, so I got ready & left the apartment by 2 pm. There was a small traffic jam so I smsed ahead to inform that I would be late by a few minutes, since I also had to go over to the main office to hand over the training sheet to Seema. And at that point I came to know that I was supposed to be on holiday as a complimentary for working on Christmas!! You see I had requested an off about a week ago since today was the wedding of a friend and I really wanted to attend it. Since it not in Cochin, I wanted to leave yesterday and be there fresh and early today morning. I kept enquering about the possibility of taking an off today but I was told that I would know for sure only on Monday. Well, Monday evening I smsed to find out if I could. I waited till the last minute possible and finally told my other friends (who were waiting to go for the same wedding) to go on without me. Assuming that I didn’t get the off, I was heading for work and only came to know that I did get it around 2:45!
So I came back home about an hour after I left the sheet for Seema. I didn’t want to come home straight, so I relaxed for an hour at Cafe Coffee Day with a magazine and a frappe. Then it was back home to work on the site. I am pretty pleased about the look of the site, I must say.

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Day 1 Of The New Year

Last night’s drinking caught up with me as soon as I reached home. I barely had time to lock the door to my room, take my clothes off and wear my sleep stuff. I fell asleep with the lights on and woke up around 4 am with the driest mouth I have ever experienced. A long cold drink of water later, I felt like reading since sleep would be difficult now. So I started reading Star Trek TNG : A Call To Darkness from where I had left off. A few pages down the line I was asleep again.

I woke up around 9 and felt very hungry and caffine deprived, so I toasted some bread and had a couple of eggs a la bull-eye. Sat watching some football while sipping my strong black coffee and eating my hearty breakfast. Satisfied, I came online and wished everyone I knew a happy new year via IRC.

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Hello 2007

Last night my sister Sherine held a New Year’s party and family get together at her apartment and really did a splendid job in arranging it. I wasn’t sure that I would be able to attend it but at the very last moment my work shift was assigned as 10 in the morning till 7 in the evening. So by 7:30 pm I was at her place. The others were my dad, mom, Sherine, her three kids (Abishek, Aditya & baby Geethu), bro-in-law Deepak, his dad, my cousins – Raju with his wife Mallu & their baby Gayathri, Jayakrishnan, Kannanchettan his wife Sreedevi & their son Govind, Arun, Suraj, Priya, her husband Shaju, Shalini & Subin. I hadn’t seen Subin in ages and Arun I was meeting for just the second time in 5 years.

For drinks we had beer, Bacardi White Rum & Johnny Walker Whiskey. Soon we were munching on fried beef, a fried fish  chips , lots of Lays (hmmm Tomato Sauce flavoured  is so delicious), salad, and lovely chocolate cake. There was water, club soda and what we thought was orange juice but turned out be mango juice upon close inspection of the carton to mix our drinks! That was hilarious – mango juice does not go well with bacardi! I found a big bottle of Sprite and mixed that with my white rum. The kids were playing and screaming and laughing. The ladies were yakking ten to the dozen and us guys were boozing and cracking bad jokes. As usual Arun was the butt of most of them. It would be so appropriate that he would make himself seem silly and drunk on a few beers. This was also the first time that I would have alcohol with Raju & JK and Deepak’s dad.

There was some music played in the background but don’t ask me to name any songs – I was too busy having a good time! Also, Star Wars : Episode III was switched on from time to time. A couple of my non-drinking cousins were also engrossed by Alien vs Predator and as to how the little black actress became buddies with the Predator guy! Some had to leave before midnite cause their car would turn into a pumpkin! No, Raju had to report for work from his home system so he left with his wife and kid and dropped Shalini home on his way. JK took Priya and Shaju home as well. The rest of us continued drinking till the last moment. We then had our dinner, which was fried rice, chicken and stuff that I did not even touch. I was pretty full by then but did enjoy the ice cream of two flavours.  Surprisingly there were very few shouts of “Happy New Year” contrary to what is supposed to be tradition.

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We left soon after and parted ways. This was a very special and enjoyable occasion, especially since they come so few and far between these years. Fun parties like this used to happen very so quite so often when we were younger and you get to appreciate them. I took a few pictures which you can seen in my Flickr site .

Happy New Year to you and yours, everyone. May 2007 be a whole lot better than 2006!

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ROSHAN’S ELEVEN : First 11 Songs I Listened To In 2007

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  2. Be Yourself – Audioslave
  3. I Go Blind – 54-40
  4. Brian Wilson – Barenaked Ladies
  5. Boulevard Of Broken Dream – Green Day
  6. Hero Of The Day – Metallica
  7. Gyroscope – The Tea Party
  8. I Will Remember You – Sarah McLachlan
  9. Your Heart – Matt Mays & El Torpedo
  10. Samson – Regina Specktor
  11. Mr.Recordman – Ugly Kid Joe

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