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Sunday, October 31st 2004

Hotel room: 10:30am

Finally, we're in India. No incidents at the airport, and we checked into the hotel at 1:30am last night. We just had breakfast (how did I get up at 8-something this morning?) and now I'm chillin' out here in my room. Just spoke to Num, and she's found some crib on eBay for $20. How do I get overcharged on everything, and she just gets these deals? She's amazing.

I'm meeting the lot of them at 11am in the hotel lobby, then we're going sightseeing. I'll bring a backpack, yet not look touristy. Right, Indian-American boy.

BTW, why the hell doesn't this really nice room have more drawers? More importantly, why is there no alarm clock in here?

I'm that guy in the hotel. I stayed up until 4am this morning, getting myself unpacked, etc. I called the frontdesk 4 times so far (problems with the outlet, more closet hangers, ironing, etc.), and this morning, I couldn't get the lights on in the room. 10 minutes later, two people (one manager) came by, apologizing for my problems. Turns out, there's a master switch that my groggy 8am-ish mind couldn't figure out. Now guess who was apologizing? Me.

Hotel room: 3:40pm

Did some the nearby mall. Lunch at the next-door TGI Friday's. Sorry, I normally wouldn't do this, but I guess the team needed a "hug" from America, in the form of a franchise restaurant. Still, nice time chit-chatting.

After I upload my work, I'll be hitting the gym, and then a team dinner in the hotel. Anyway, enjoy the trip pics so far.

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Regina & her Gummi Bears
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Moi blogging in Germany
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Hanging out in the Frankfurt lounge
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Alex snacking on his reserve food

Saturday, October 30th 2004

Somebody call Interpol. There's an Ipe in Frankfurt. We have a 2 hour layover here in Frankfurt, before our continuation to New Delhi. At the moment, we're sitting in the Lufthansa Business Class lounge. Regina is snacking on a whole batch of Gummi Bears.

You know, I have over 6 gigs of MP3s at home, and I didn't bring a damn one with me. What an idiot. Well, actually, I do have 2 CDs worth of MP3s, but I brought them to mail to my cousin Julie in Trivandrum. I guess I can copy over a couple before sending it to her.

I brought a whole mess of books and DVDs to keep me occupied. Num helped me with organizing all the toiletries/supplies/etc, and reminding me of stuff I had forgotten (naturally a lot). Here are the books I've taken for my 3 week trip:

  • The Pocket Idiot's Guide to Being an Expectant Father [Num's suprise-yet-not-so-subtle gift to me]. Good reading so far.
  • His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman. Never heard of it, but Num suggested I try it out. From the back, it sounds like Fantasy, so I have no idea why she owns a trilogy. Sci-Fi/Fantasy bores the hell out of her.
  • Some other ones, but they're in the checked baggage, and I don't remember the titles.

I also have DVDs to keep me occupied on the flight, waiting in lounges, and those lonely nights in the hotel when I'm too cheap to order pornography on the hotel TV. I tried to get a nice collection, and those Collector Edition sets rich with commentaries and documentaries that I'd never, ever, watch at home:

  • Star Wars Trilogy [all 3 movies, plus a 4th DVD with bonus materials]
  • X-Men and X2: X-Men United [two movies in one, plus never watched all the docs]
  • Amadeus [never watched it, probably should have by now]
  • Ghostbusters [come on, it's a classic. If you don't like it, you're a heathen]
  • Fellowship of the Ring Extended Edition [the words "chock-full" come to mind]
  • The Two Towers Extended Edition [see FoTR description]

I guess it goes without saying, but there are a lot of people speaking German around me.

Did you know they have showers in the lounge here? Alex just got his name called, and he's....taking a shower at the Frankfurt airport. Wayne wants to brush his teeth, but he's afraid he'll see Alex by accident.

Hey, if you can avoid scarring yourself for life, I say avoid the future mental health bills.

Friday, October 29th 2004

The flight itself was very uneventful. Today was just a mad dash before the car service came to get me at 4pm to take me to JFK. The highlight? We had our 2nd ultrasound, and now we know if we're having a boy or a girl. You wanna know? Call my wife. Or call our parents -- they're absolutely giddy. Finally, my parents are excited. It's a nice change of pace.

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What Alex decided to pack in his five bags

Traffic on the way to JFK was bad (always the case in Long Island), but I had left with plenty of time to arrive at the airport a little after 6pm. Checked in, and we all met up at the Lufthansa Business Lounge in Terminal 1. Wow, an airport lounge. Talk about living in style. Okay, you seasoned Business-class-travellin', caviar-eatin' professionals, this may be old hat to you. However, this was my virginal international trip going business class, and it's an eye-opener so far.

I think the secret is just to have a lot of money.

So, what is flying Business class like? One word: wow. Super comfortable seats, great service, personal movie screens, and an open bar the entire flight. I watched Two Brothers, drank way too much Jack Daniels, and then had a nice sleep. I could get spoiled travelling like this. Luckily for me, my company rarely sends me anywhere internationally.

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Two brothers in.... Two Brothers

Funniest event so far? Alex, who brought 4 duffel bags to Kansas City with me (a 4-day business trip, no less), didn't know how much to bring to India for 3 weeks. I told him one suitcase, maybe an additional small bag. I considered a small bag, until Gary berated me regarding how little he brings. I fit everything in my one large upright pullman (that I took to India in August) with room to spare.

What does that say about me? It means my wife helped me pack.

Monday, October 25th 2004

Today's number is 13,387.

13,387 is the number of United Airlines Mileage Plus that I have accrued since 1999. Up until 9/30/2004.

On October 1st 2004, after 36 months of no new flights or other accrued points, all of my Mileage Plus frequent-flyer points expired.

In four days, I'll be flying Lufthansa, which is a member of the Star Alliance, which would allow me to accrue mucho qualifying points at 200% for Mileage Plus, since it's Business Class. Four more days.

Thirteen thousand, three-hundred and eighty-seven points.

Sunday, October 24th 2004

Ah, Ashlee Simpson. How embarrassing.

For lunch, Num made French Toast, and I cooked up some bacon. Hmm, good! Lazy afternoon, so we watched The Man Who Knew Too Much (an Alfred Hitchcock movie) and then we went to visit my parents' place. Before we left, I loaded up the bikes (mine and Num's training bike). Yes, Joel's cycling season is officially over, and now it'll be in storage for the winter. Hopefully, March is warm, and I can be on the road again soon enough.

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Missy has her own subtle ways to get attention

Hey, some new info (and minor footage) on the Fantastic Four movie. Yeah!

Anyone leasing their car? Wish you could dump it? Turns out, there are companies who will help you sell your lease to someone else. Alternatively, you can get in touch with these sellers, and buy their lease. Here are links I found in my recent issue of Time magazine.

I hate all this celebrity worship. I never understood the fascination. At my parents' place, Julie was watching this whole show on E! devoted to Britney Spears. I didn't say anything, but it really reminded me that it's pretty ridiculous to be reading tabloids, watching these shows, all the interviews with tv/singing/movie stars, etc. Exactly why are we so enthralled with them?

Is it me, or have I seen a lot of movies this month? Between the theater, rentals, borrowing, HBO, and AMC -- eight movies. That's gotta be a slacker record. And the month ain't over yet!

Saturday, October 23rd 2004

Hey, we made it to dinner!

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Amit, Diane, Vib, Deepa, Megha, Neil
Behold, the essence of Neil!
Oooh, cake!
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Nicole, Sunay
Dreams do come true: I get to lick Chirag!
Num, me, Ravi, Reshma

Turns out, Reshma is 3 months pregnant. It's like the whole world is turning against us normal folks.

Guess who's next on the outsourcing "chopping block"? Money magazine writes about outsourcing lawyers.

A number of U.S. companies, including members of the Fortune 500 and some of the country's largest law firms, are now embracing the idea of outsourcing routine legal work to India, South Korea, Australia and other locales with far lower labor costs.

Yikes. What even freaked me out more? In the article, there's an "Outsourcing: Careers at Risk" chart. Number 2 on the list is Accountants/Auditors. Oh boy.

Watched Something's Gotta Give on HBO. Argh. I hate paint-by-the-numbers movies, and this was definitely one of them. Worst part? Diane Keaton sobbing....for 5 minutes straight, in different locales. I tell you was painful to sit through. Oh no no no, not because you feel for the character. Just because it's irritating to sit through.

Friday, October 22nd 2004

I don't usually walk around in a daze.

Remember the birthday party that I mentioned? So I leave a little early from work to get home, shower, change, and then Num and I took the NJ Transit train to the city. Took the subway down to University Place, and we walked over to Osso Buco. We're early (very rare), ask about the table, and they don't mention any names we know. I call Chirag (one of the birthday boys), and he's sitting at a bookstore in New Jersey.

Turns out, the party is the 23rd. The 23rd is Saturday. Friday is the 22nd. See? I wasn't kidding about being confused about my days. Needless to say, I had a rather sheepish look on my face when Num came back from the restroom. We ended up walking down the street to Lemongrass Grill for Thai food.

Let's try again tomorrow.

Thursday, October 21st 2004

I can't believe today is Thursday. I could have sworn today was only Tuesday, because yesterday feels like Monday. This week (geez, this whole month) has really flown by so fast. India is fast approaching, the work is piled high up, my calendar is overloaded, and I'm exhausted.

Going to a little birthday party tomorrow evening in the city for some friends. I just gotta get home from work early, change, and be on my way with Num. Driving or the train, I have no idea.

We're recording Reality Secrets Revealed 2 on VH1 about how fake reality tv really is, from the mouths of the reality stars themselves. Pretty damn shocking. I'm officially not watching any more reality tv.

How the hell is tomorrow already Friday? Seriously? Friday?

Wednesday, October 20th 2004

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Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back

At least it wasn't raining today. I had lots of meetings scheduled for today, and I was all psyched up for them, ready to go. However, all my meetings were postponed to later in the day or tomorrow. I hate that.

Watched Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back tonight (Thank you, Regina!) Hmmm, not really a good movie, but if you're a Kevin Smith fan, and have seen all the movies, then I think you'll enjoy all the cameos and in-jokes as much as I did.

Num was watching The View today, and they had this geneologist who gave some interesting connections between celebrities. Madonna is actually related to Celine Dion, Tom Hanks is related to President Abraham Lincoln (from way back when), etc. Guess who else is related? Turns out, back in the mid-1600's, the Cookes family had two daughters. Descended from each daughter are....President George Bush and Senator John Kerry. They're technically distant cousins.

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Jon Stewart bitch-slapping CNN's Crossfire hosts

Now, how crazy is that?

Any Jon Stewart fans? He was recently on a recent CNN Crossfire show, and it wasn't too nice between him and the hosts, especially Tucker Carlson. They were really just trying to bring him on to talk about the book, but he wasn't having it.

Here's a sample:

Jon Stewart: "What you do is not honest. What you do is partisan hackery. You have a responsibility to the public discourse, and you fail miserably."

Best quote? When Carlson said to Stewart,

"I do think you're more fun on your show," to which Stewart replied, "You're as big a dick on your show as you are on any show."

I finally found the entire clip on iFilm. You'll need RealPlayer, but you should hopefully have that already, you amateurs. Regardless of what political side you are on, I'm sick of the "spin" from each party, their political hacks, and all the rhetoric. What's good and wholesome about this country is that, compared to other countries, we have regular and orderly elections. How stupid is it where people are stealing and vandalizing campaign yard signs?

Because it's an election year? How much can you possibly love or hate a political candidate?

Tuesday, October 19th 2004

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Trident Hilton Gurgaon
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Nigella Lawson

Something was wrong with the NYC drivers today. Maybe it was the rain, but I think it's wrong to gratuitously honk at a handicapped woman on crutches trying to cross a street. Doesn't that automatically guarantee a spot in Hell for you?

Change in hotel in India. We found the Trident Hilton Gurgaon that was closer to our office -- walking distance! Eh, Hilton Honors points are just as good. What's nice is that all the rooms have wireless internet access. I don't have wireless on my work laptop, but maybe I'll steal the wife's wireless card. Mwahahahahaha.

Wait, I wonder if I can get it to work?

BTW, I do love Nigella. She's so cute in the kitchen!

Monday, October 18th 2004

Wow, now this is a crazy story: a fellow's flat-screen tv began emitting an international distress signal.

Sunday, October 17th 2004

Ah, the weekend. After work Friday night, I went for drinks with some of my coworkers, and Doug met up with us too for a while. We hit the new Star Bar (formerly The Tikki Bar). BTW, we considered ordering their $5 special on wings, until we found out that it was only 5 wings per plate. $1 per chicken wing? What kind of special is that?

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St. Paul's & Resurrection concert

Afterwards, we all grabbed food at some diner down near Union Square, then went to Bar 13 on 13th St, which is also where we're having our department holiday party in December. Not a bad place, but there were some somewhat unattractive people there for a Friday night. Ah well.

Saturday wasn't much of anything, except lounging, but then we went to the St. Paul's & Resurrection concert Num's Dad was putting together for months. Nice concert, pictures on the latest Church photo gallery page. Afterwards, we were supposed to go to a birthday party down in the Village for one of Num's friends, but it was so late, and we were fairly tired. In the end, a few of us from the concert went to the Forum diner on Rt 4. for a late dinner. We didn't get home until about 2am. I was so wired, and didn't sleep until 5:30am.

Sunday, we woke up late again, so we missed church. In the afternoon, Doug & I went to go see Team America: World Police over @ the AMC Clifton theater (very empty, and I like that sort of thing). Funny movie, but boy, very un-PC. After getting home, I finished watching Dog Day Afternoon on Tivo, and wow!, that was a good movie. It got kinda long near the end, but still, excellent.

Two more weeks before I leave for New Delhi!

Thursday, October 14th 2004

Okay, the shows I'm watching this season:

  • Cold Case
  • Star Trek: Deep Space 9 reruns
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
  • Joey (barely)
  • The Apprentice
  • Without a Trace
  • Star Trek: Enterprise
  • Stargate Atlantis
  • Designing Women (I'm humoring my wife, just like she humors me by "watching" Star Trek reruns with me)
  • CSI (reruns I've missed)
  • Quantum Leap reruns
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Naomi Watts in The Ring 2

I used to watch a lot more like the Simpsons, Seinfeld reruns, etc, but I've kinda sickened on TV, so I've cut down when I can. Also, I know there are popular shows I should be watching like The West Wing, Survivor, The Practice, but I've never gotten into them, nor have I tried. Bite me.

The first trailer for The Ring 2 just came out. Hmm, it's a teaser, so don't expect a lot of info. However, Cinescape posted some info.

Have I mentioned that my new shtick at work is bringing in chocolates for my coworkers? I've done those Hershey miniatures, Kisses, etc. This week, I got Reese's Peanut Butter Cups (inside out! and the White Chocolate ones). People come by all the time now. Have I just purchased friendship and camaraderie? Anyway, the tragedy is that I'm eating way too many of them during the day. Sound tragic yet? No? Well, if you remember Joel Trivia #65.....

I'm allergic to chocolate.

Wednesday, October 13th 2004

We went grocery shopping today (after a long period of time), and the bill was almost $200. You know, cat food, eggs, dishwasher detergent, etc. I always find it amazing how much food, etc, can cost so much. Well, at least after 2 hours of shopping, we have a fully-stocked kitchen.

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Missy enjoying all our empty grocery bags
My attempt at Andy Warhol art -- Ode to Feline Hunger
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Bob Schieffer

Over dinner, we watched Law & Order: SVU and the last Presidential debate. You know who I thought won tonight's debate? Bob Schieffer from CBS News. He had the best questions, and did the best moderating. I liked how he allowed very little in the way of continuing rebuttals from these two guys.

BTW, let me bring up a good point here. Watching the ABC News debate wrapup, they had Tavis Smiley (host of NPR/PBS Talk show, and a man of color) to comment. He noted that only after all four debates (3 Presidential, 1 Vice-Presidential), topics that mattered to people of color (such as yours truly) were finally brought up in the last 15 minutes of tonight's debate. Affirmative Action, minimum wage, etc. Actually, at the VP debate, neither Cheney or Edwards said they could comment about the AIDS crisis involving blacks in America.

I just thought it was a good point.

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Priscilla Barnes as Terri on Three's Company
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Priscilla Barnes as Miss Ivannah

Tuesday, October 12th 2004

I decided to screw focusing on my weight in such a girly fashion. It's always going to go up or down, depending if I had one beer or a cookie. I'll just continue to watch what I eat, and ignore the minor fluctuations. I'll still check my progress from time to time though. Well, in honor of my "relaxing", we ordered Pizza Hut tonight for dinner.....and breadsticks. It was very good. :)

Over dinner, we watched Mallrats tonight (Thank you, Regina!), and it was fair. Damn, I got to see Joey Lauren Adams and Priscilla Barnes (Terri from Three's Company) topless. Thank you, Kevin Smith! Still, the movie overall wasn't some great movie, but it had its moments (the gags.)

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Claire Forlani
Jason Lee & Jeremy London
Shannen Doherty
Joey Lauren Adams
Jason Mewes & Kevin Smith

BTW, I added a new picture....a very old picture for Joel Trivia #44, in order to illustrate my point. You'll find it on the Trivia page. Please stop pointing and laughing.

Last night, I dreamed that I was a Jedi Knight, and I was in various parts of events in Star Wars: Episode 3. Flying a ship in a space battle, battling droids. Finally, I was with Obi-Wan Kenobi. We were on a ship, battling General Greivious (from Episode 3). I even had a lightsaber. I woke up this morning, in the middle of the climactic fight. I so badly wanted to go back to sleep to finish it, but couldn't.

Such is the allure of dreams.

Monday, October 11th 2004

My coworkers were asking what happened to me today. Why? I was running around a lot today -- demonstration on videoconferencing, lunch with my contact at Pace University, whom I'll be coordinating ISACA / Pace University events with, and audit status meetings too. Oye. At least I had a nice lunch at Bull Run downtown.

So, the think tank Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University has come to the conclusion that "The war in Iraq did not damage international terror groups, but instead distracted the United States from confronting other hotbeds of Islamic militancy and actually 'created momentum' for many terrorists." Hmm, tell me something I didn't know.

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Fat Albert movie

Speaking of which, I mailed out my absentee ballot today. If you aren't going to be around on Election Day (like me), make sure you do an absentee ballot!

Finished Steel Magnolias tonight. Eh, not bad.

Sam Raimi says the Spider Man movie producer wants him to make the next Spidey movie....the last movie. Idiots -- Who wouldn't like to the continuing adventures of Spiderman on the big screen?

BTW, I can't believe Hollywood is making a Fat Albert movie. Finally, there's some additional spoiler info on the much-awaited Revenge of the Sith movie trailer.

Sunday, October 10th 2004

Yeehaw, I'm back. The trip to Philly was good, and the conference was fairly interesting. My role as "Discussion Leader" was easier than I thought, and I got a few compliments from folks who were part of my group. I attended with Patty, Olivia, Wayne, and Mary. Riding on AMTRAK was a breeze, and quick to boot. What was funny? After checking into the Marriott, I walk deeper into the lobby, and realize that I've stayed at this hotel already. Damn, either I'm getting old, or I've really spent too much time on the road.

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At dinner: Olivia & Patty
Deja vu in a hotel lobby
City Tavern, opened in 1773
Libery Bell & Indepence Hall. Also, a car.
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Me, exhausted
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Guess who's also tired?

I didn't take any pictures at the actual conference, since that would have been weird and out of place. I tried to take pictures when we went out, but my coworkers generally didn't want to cooperate, and I'm not begging anyone to be famous or anything. Here are the few I have. We hit a lot of lounges Wednesday and Thursday nights, but no one was around, which I found odd. Seriously, awesome looking lounges, but nobody to fill the place up. How odd. I liked 32, Tangerine, and Denim Lounge the best. City Tavern was a decent bar (bar, not lounge) too, but in a touristy kind of way.

After Num picked me up Friday at Newark Penn Station, we were supposed to go to this Christian praise thing in Queens, but since the weather was so nice, she said it was okay to skip, and that I could go cycling. Yipee! I said. Went riding, and did 39 miles to Ridgewood and back. That gets me up to 558 miles for the year. Later that evening, we watched Steel Magnolias, but didn't finish, so hope to finish later this week. I was fairly exhausted, and later collapsed on the bed. Num took a picture to demonstrate how I'm not into "sharing" the bed.

Yeah, yeah, Steel Magnolias. Shut up.

Saturday was awfully busy. Tom & Mary invited us over for lunch at their place, visiting Shibu & Lisa and their new baby, and then my parents' prayer meeting / housewarming.

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Nicky & Num at lunch
Marissa and her new book
Marissa and Leah. Nice smile, kid
Lots of people at my parents' place
My Mom serving up the food
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Julie even got into the act
Num and Reena
Lots of people
Sunita & husband Stanley. Sunita is preggers, huge, and due next month
Sunita's brother Sudeep
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Philip & Leena
Num trying to tell a joke
You ever wonder if your sister is trying to poison you?

Today, I did a bit of cleaning. Also, watched all my dorky shows saved on Tivo. Num was not pleased. :)

BTW, just read that the NYC MTA is considering a replacement for the Metrocard. Instead of swiping a card to travel on the city buses and subways, you'd wave this Smart Card device, similar to the EZ Pass tag. What's more interesting is that PATH train riders will be using a similar system April 2005. Whoa!

The brothers @ have come up with a new Election 2004 skit. I think the original is funnier, but hey, still good. You can also check it out on Atom Films. I just found out that they have a store on CafePress. Gosh, I really would love a "What'd I Do?" t-shirt.

Tuesday, October 5th 2004

First, regarding the troops battling through Samarra and the rest of Iraq and Afghanistan, who living, fighting, and dying over there: Godspeed and good hunting.

Tonight, I ate dinner and read our pregnancy book What to Expect When You're Expecting. Damn, there is a lot to read and worry about.

Finally got a picture of our new little family member, Leah Susan Mathew (my cousin's daughter mentioned on Sunday). Yeah, pictures!

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Leah Susan Mathew
Marissa & her new baby sister

Watched the vice-presidential debate tonight while doing the bills for October. I don't care what side you're on, but Dick Cheney put the beatdown on John Edwards. I'm sorry, but he did.

Okay, that's enough out of me. Time to pack, and get some sleep. Hope you have a good rest of the week.

Sunday, October 3rd 2004

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Mount St. Helens lets off some steam

Quiet day today, but that was fine with me. I wanted to go cycling today, but it was only a high of 68 degrees, and that's kinda cold for cycling in a jersey & shorts. Num & I watched Pillow Talk, a Doris Day / Rock Hudson movie. Farsical, to say the least, but it's nice to see a classic once in a while. I especially liked the car chase and shootout in the finale. Sigh, no, there was no shootout or car chase, but one can dream, can't he?

Today was a culinary day, if anything else. For lunch, Num made linguine in her own meat sauce; she actually made the sauce from tomatoes. I was in charge of dinner tonight. With a little direction from the wifey ("Is it cooked yet? What do I do now? My arm is on fire!"), I made porkchops in a Worchester sauce / apple sauce / honey ...sauce, with some sort of Creole-type okra on the side. Rave reviews all around. Missy opened up a can of seafood filet can for us, but we skipped on it. We were pretty full.

Is Mount St. Helens going to erupt? Wow.

I've got a short work-week coming up. I'm only in the office until Wednesday morning, then I'm taking an AMTRAK train to Philly for that IIAG conference. I'll be back Friday afternoon.

Can you believe the Care Bears are still around, and they've got a new movie coming out?

Saturday, October 2nd 2004

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Sky Captain & the World of Tomorrow
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Anniversary trip to D.C.
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Rashmi & Shem's wedding

Last night, Doug and I went to go finally see Sky Captain & the World of Tomorrow at the Loews Plaza 8 in Secaucus. After 30 minutes of the audience complaining about the completely messed sound, he and I gave up, and got our money back. We drove over to Herbert's Billiards, and just played pool (and drank, and ate, and made fun of people in the place.) Boy, it's good to be a jerk. We'll try watching it somewhere else next week.

BTW, saw another trailer for the SpongeBob SquarePants movie. I still don't get the point.

This morning, I finished editing our Anniversary trip to Washington D.C. pictures. There're now online. Now, I just have to get to that last roll of India pictures.

In the world of babies, Barney is still popular. Also, people have had babies.

  • Num's cousin Vinod (in India) and wife Reena had their 1st daughter Lisa Anna Thomas in early September.
  • Num's friend Christy (one of her bridesmaids) had her 2nd daughter Mary Christine in late July.
  • Finally, my cousin Shibu and wife Lisa had their 2nd daughter Leah this week (no picture yet).

Lots of babies! Congratulations to everyone.

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Christy & Mary Christine
Up close & personal
Vinod, Reena, & new baby Lisa
Lisa Anna Thomas

Speaking of Vinod, I need to write to him about getting some additional pictures from Rashmi's wedding. I've finished posting all of my India pics -- finally!