புலம்பல்கள் - PULAMBALGAL

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

ஆக்கமும் நானே அழிவும் நானே

என் ராசி தான்னு நினைக்கிறேன், எந்த company-ல நான் சேந்தாலும் 2 இல்ல 3 வருஷத்துல அந்த company ஒரு stagnant state-க்கு போயிடும். இல்ல அந்த company ரொம்ப பெருசா இருந்தா நான் இருக்கிற division stagnant state-க்கு போயிடும். நிறைய வேலை இருக்குன்னு என்னை hire பண்ணுவாங்க, ஆனா அப்படியே வேலை படி படியா கொறைஞ்சு கொஞ்ச நாள்ள எல்லாரும் ஆணி பிடுங்க வேண்டியது தான்.. ஆனா நான் company-a விட்ட அடுத்த நாள்ள இருந்து project அப்படியே குவியும்..

First, college முடிச்சி ஒரு சின்ன company-ல சேந்தேன், ஒரு மூணு மாசம் நல்ல வேலை இருந்துது.. அப்புறம் ஆணி பிடுங்க சொல்லிட்டாங்க.. நானும் கஷ்ட பட்டு ஒரு வருஷம் ஆணி பிடிங்கி பாத்தேன்.. வேலைக்காகல..எவ்வளவு நாள் தான் ஆணி பிடுங்கறது.. escape-னு அடுத்த ccompany-க்கு போனேன். ஆனா பாருங்க, நான் வெளிய வந்த நேரம், company-க்கு ஒரு புது CEO US-ல இருந்து வந்தார், company-அ professional-ஆ மாத்தினார், எல்லாரும் US போயிட்டு வந்தாங்க, அப்படி இப்படின்னு company range-எ மாறி போச்சு.

சரி வெளிய வந்தாச்சு, இனிமே புலம்பி பயன் இல்லைன்னு, புது company-ல நல்லா வேலை பண்ணேன். நிறைய கத்துகிட்டேன், நிறைய கத்து கொடுத்தேன் (எப்படி ஆணி பிடுங்கறதுன்னு, நமக்கு தான் நிறைய experience ஆச்சே he he :) ). சின்னதா 3 onsite ட்ரிப் கூட கிடைச்சுது. ஆகா நல்லா போகுதேன்னு சந்தோஷ பட்டு முடிக்க கூட இல்ல, US-ல இருந்து ஒரு company இந்த comapny-அ வாங்கிட்டாங்க. அப்புறம் என்ன, திரும்பி ஆணி பிடுங்குன்னு சொல்லிட்டங்க. இதெல்லாம் அரசியல்ல சகஜம்னு நானும் ஒரு 6 மாசம் ஆணி பிடிங்கிட்டு இருந்தேன். ரொம்ப வெறுத்து போயி போங்கடா நீஙளும் உங்க ஆணியும்னு 3-வது company-க்கு escape. ஆனா முதல்ல நடந்த மாதிரியே, இங்கேயும் US company நிறைய project கொடுக்க ஆரம்பிசிட்டாங்க. நம்ம நண்பர்கள் எல்லாம் நாடாறு மாசம் காடாறு மாசம் மாதிரி US 3 மாசம், இந்தியா 3 மாசம்னு enjoy பண்ணாங்க.. (வயித்தெரிச்சல்... எல்லாம் நேரக் கொடுமை... Grrrrr..).

OK.. அரசியல்னாலே இப்படி தான்னு, நானும் பொறுப்பா 3-வது company-ல உயிர கொடுத்து வேலை பண்ணிட்ருந்தேன். ஆன சும்மவா சொன்னாங்க முதல் கோணல் முற்றும் கோணல்னு. இங்கேயும் ஒரு 6 மாசம் தான் வேலை இருந்தது. அப்புறம் as usual nail plucking தான். இதுக்கு முன்னாடி ரெண்டு company-உம் product company-ந்ரதால onsite எல்லாமே short duration தான். ஆனா இந்த company service company-ந்ரதால என்னோட damager.. oopps.. manager கிட்ட அழுது அடம் புடிச்சி US விசா வாங்கி வச்சிட்டேன். ஆனா என்ன, நம்ம நேரம் ஒரு ப்ரொஜெcடும் வரல. ஆப்படியே ஒரு வருஷம் ob-யொ ob அடிசிட்ருந்தேன். சம life.. seat-அ தவிர மத்த எல்லா இடத்துலேயும் இருப்போம்.. திருப்பி college போன feeling..office கட் அடிச்சுட்டு cinema போவோம்.. போதா குறைக்கு office-ல gym, evening snacks, free drinks-லாம் வேற உண்டு. நல்லா சாப்ட்டு உடம்பை வேற தேதிட்ருந்தோம். எவன் கண்ணு பட்டுதோ திடீர்னு ஒரு நாள், உனக்கு snacks போட்டு கட்டுபடியாகலை, (நாங்க தான் snacks-யே full meals range-க்கு சாப்பிடுவோம்ல) நீ இங்க கிழிச்சது போதும் போயி client site-ல கிழின்னு சொல்லி US-க்கு என்னை மட்டும் துரத்தி விட்டாங்க.

client site வந்தா வேலைனா வேலை பென்ட் கழட்டிடாங்க. சனி ஞாயிறு கூட 12 மணி நேரம் வேலை பண்ண சொல்லிட்டாங்க படு பாவிங்க. ரொம்ப நாளா வேலை வேற பண்ணலையா மூளையெல்லம் துரு புடிச்சிடுச்சு.. ரொம்ப கஷ்ட பட்டுட்டேன்.. அப்புறம் ஒரு வழியா துரு எல்லாம் துடைச்சி பாலிஷ் பண்ணி செட்டில் ஆகலாம்னு பாத்தா...

அதே தான்..நம்ம ராசி work out அயிடுச்சி.. off-shore-ல ப்ரொஜெcட் நிறைய வர அரம்பிச்சிடிச்சி.. என்னோட ஆணி பிடுங்கிட்டுருந்த எவனை கேட்டலும், "ஆணியா? அப்ப்டின்னா??" னு கேக்கறாங்க. எல்லாம் நேரம் தான், ஆணியே சரியா பிடுங்க தெரியாது, இந்த லட்சணத்துல இந்த நக்கல் வேற. எல்லாரும் நல்லா இருந்தா சரின்னு நெனைச்சா இங்க onsite-ல ஆட்டம் காணுது. இங்க இப்போ ஆணி பிடுங்க சொல்லிட்டங்க.. பாப்போம் இங்க எவ்ளோ நாளைக்கு தான் ஆணி பிடுங்குவோம்னு.

அதனால தான் சொல்றேன், ஆக்கமும் நானே அழிவும் நானே. Company-ல சேந்தா அழிவு, விட்டா ஆக்கம். கடவுள் மாதிரி ஆயிட்டேன். :)

-S

(நினைப்பு தான் பொழைப்பை கெடுக்குதாம்)
posted by ACE !! at 11:19 PM 2 comments

VETTI VELAI MUDICHACHU!! :)

Appa, at last copied all my precious blog work from another site to here at blogspot. Only problem is all the blogs appear to be posted on feb 27th whereas most of them were posted over a period of 5 months.

The other site had these problems (or i dont know how to use the features :( )

- Cannot upload picture from pc
- Cannot visit older blogs most of the time (says, an error has occured and some group has been notified).
- Cannot blog in tamil (doesnt mean i blog in tamil regularly..

Nalla velai, office-la yaarum intha vetti velaya paakala.. :)

-S
posted by ACE !! at 9:42 PM 1 comments

CREDIT CARD FRAUD


Last year september i travelled to kansas city on an official visit along with two of my collegues. As per company policy, we were to share a single rental car for the whole duration of the trip. As I had plans of visiting my friend that weekend, i returned one day earlier than my collegues. Since i didnt have a car, i booked a cab* (suggeted by Hilton) to reach airport. The desi cabwala was quite friendly and did lot of chit chats and it was good trip back to the airport. I paid (79$) the cab using credit card (CC)and thats where the problem started.

As you all know, in US getting a cc for the first time is very difficult and also the credit limit will not be substantial. Also, staying in hilton and eating at exotic places resulted in almost maxing out my cc. At the end of the month when i check my cc statement, the bank has charged me 40$ for expenditure overlimit. Being a thrify spender (miser??) i was obviously shocked. I was never an impulsive spender, and never once paid any interest on any credit card. It was really a surprise that i overspent on my CC. Anyways, I went through all the statement and found the cabwala has charged me twice, which resulted in overshooting the limit and landed that penalty. I called the cabwala and the guy who spoke over the phone was bit rude and told he will take care. Somehow I was not convinced at all..

I tried the "dispute a charge" link on the bank's website, and Mr. Murphy was in full flow. After entering all the details, if i click on submit, the screen just cleared whatever i typed and asked me to enter again. I tried a few times and gave it up. I m not really comfortable on phone with strangers, but i had no choice but to call the customer service. After a long wait on the automatic menu options, i told my plight and the bank reversed the duplicate charge and waived the penalty after my persistent haggling. Phew!! what an ordeal. (it took more than 2 hrs to solve this).

So why am i telling all this now in febrauary? Yes.. Now the same cabwala has charged me 179$ for a "ghost" trip on his cab in febrauray 07 in kansas city. When i disputed the charge with the bank, (i dont want to haggle with the cabwala) the bank said, they have asked for the receipt from the merchant's bank and it will take minimum 35 days for the other bank to reply. So do i have to pay this charge as my billing cycle falls short of this 35 day limit?? I have asked the bank to clarify. Lets see how this turns out.

What worries me is, the amount is 179$, exactly 100$ more than the previous bill. So what if the cabwala has forged a receipt by using a copy of my old bill. I have absolutely no idea what i have to do in that case.

Lesson learnt : Carry cash during travel. Use credit card only with trusted merchants and especially not with cabbies who have the age old manual swiping machine.

Sariyana thollaiappa!!

-S

* 3R & LIMO, LEXANA, KS
posted by ACE !! at 9:40 PM 17 comments

WHAT IS IN A NAME

Yesterday i was channel surfing, and stopped at some channel telecasting a show "Beauty and the geek". It is just another crappy totally useless reality show requiring no real skills. The only aim of this show is lot of skin exposure by the beauties. (The beauties were indeed beautiful :) )

In that one of the guy (a geek), a hardvard graduate's name is Scooter. What?? . I was taken aback when i saw his name displayed on the screen. I couldnt beleive myself. Some one by name Scooter. Yes.. I can hear the voices in my head " Why do you care?? Its his name and also what is in the name?? " Fine.. but still can someone have a name Scooter??.. come on..

Ok.. I should not be surprised for this after seeing names like ice-cube, ice-tea etc etc. They are also weird, but still somehow scooter sounds weirdest... Arrghhh.. What if someone has a name like maattu vandi, thalluvandi, meenbody vandi.. how it will look like. who knows someone might have already...

After all what is in a name???

-S
posted by ACE !! at 9:38 PM 0 comments

BARBARO.. The poor horse!!


Barbaro, Dont think it as another mexican food like taco,nacho, burritto etc.. This word, rather name has appeared in the news millions of times for the past 8 or 9 months. It is a horse that won a few very important races with a handsome margin. But last year during one of the races, it got 3 of its bones broken on right hind leg and was in obvious pain. This was shown live on tv, and as usual the media circus went crazy and kept this news alive as much as possible. Due to this media hype, everyone enjoyed the publicity they got while the horse was tortured and tormented in the name of treatment.


Normally, when a race horse gets injured seriously like this.. (Yes what would a horse do without a leg) it will be euthanized immediatly. One reason is to avoid the cost to take care of an injured animal which could run into thousands of $s and another reason is curing these type of injuries are not fully possible which will leave an permanently injured animal, which should be taken care like a baby which again is not possible.


So due to this usual unneccsary media hype, the owners of Barbaro tried to milk as much publicity from this hype, and sent the injured horse for treatment. The bones were broken into 22 pieces and the doctors did their research on the poor animal's leg. They put screws after screws on its leg, and made it to stand on 3 legs. The left hind leg couldnt take the weight and started to get infected. So what did these "brahma's" did?? They hung the horse in a water pool. Crap.. and after 8 months of torture the horse was euthanized as it was in severe pain.

Why do you think wisdom suddenly dawn on them that Barbaro is in pain?? Yes.. thats right.. Media circus stopped running behind Barbaro as they have other unneccsary things to run behind. So the owners and doctors decide no more publicity in having Barbaro alive, and euthanized it on January 29th. And the doctor cried during the press conference, which made me think aloud "Didnt they teach the doc in med school, not to get emotionally involved with his patients?" You thrust a camera and a microphone in front of all these publicity lovers, they immediatly give you an oscar-award-performace.
Fortunately, the super bowl hype started, otherwise the media would have demanded a national holiday and would have started a trust fund in the name of Barbaro to help other injured horses. Who knows.. that might be next..

-S
posted by ACE !! at 9:34 PM 0 comments

HEALTH IS WEALTH

Certainly.. there is no worst feeling in life than being sick. My usual annual quota of sickness came very early this year. On thursday i had this very irritating feeling in my throat and headache and immediatly i knew i m going to be sick. (may be the feeling that you are going to get sick is worse than being sick). I took fever reducer pills and went to sleep. The next day was a nightmare, my throat and head hurt like nobody's business.

I somehow managed to go to office and one of my collegue gave me the best message of my life : our company allows 5 days sick leave per year. Great.. thanking all the gods, I came home and tried to sleep of the sickness. I was so weak, that i couldnt fight the sickness alone, so took some help from a physician. He shocked me saying my throat, sinus and ear are infected and my throat is red like beetroot. That description was the last thing i need.

And, this physician was kind of weird in more than one way. He pronounced my first name and last name correctly (99.5%). I was stunned.. one of the very few foreigners to pronounce it properly. He joked he is not from this country so he learnt to read well. (It could be true). And he examined me and told me to wait in the waiting area and he will prescribe the medicines. Crap.. why can't he write it down in a letterpad and give it to me. I have already been there for 45 minutes with all sort of pain and aches all over my body. A few minutes later i was given a printed out prescription form. Height of technology.. hmm..

After coming back all these useless thoughts went over my head

-> Did the dr refered some books for what medicine to give me?? Thats why it took so long??
-> Or may be he would have done a search on his comp, to get medicines for my ailments
-> May be he learnt to read well but not to write so well. :)

Whatever it is yamariyom paraparame

-S

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posted by ACE !! at 9:29 PM 3 comments

"COOL" WEATHER




(Posted on another blog site on Jan 26th)




Last week was very adventurous on the weather front. We had snow, ice, heavy rains... it was really very cold (atleast for dallas, or atleast for me). We were experiencing 13F (-7C). This is the first time i m seeing icy showers. Since the temperature is very low, the water falling from sky becomes ice in the ground or wherever it falls.



I went out in the morning, and it was freaking cold. Never have i experienced such cold. The worst part is not the cold, but my car was covered by ice like someone poured molten wax over the whole car. I didnt know what to do so i stood there to observe what others were doing. My luck, (as usual) no one was there in sight. (no one is crazy enough like me to stand in that chilly winds and rains). I tried to cut a small hole in the ice for the key hole and successfully inserted the key. But the key wont turn. I coaxed, cajoled and somehow opened the lock. And thats the most i could do. The ice is so strong that i could not open the door.
So i did a genious stuff, got a bucket of hot water and poured over the car. Cool, ice melted and i could get inside the car. Phew.. Most of the ice stayed on the car for 3 days.. It was cool!!!
Now ther is no ice or snow.. :( i certainly miss them both


NB: The pic was flicked from net :)


-S
posted by ACE !! at 9:25 PM 1 comments

DISCLOSURE BLUFF!!

I was reading Disclosure by Michael Crichton and it was wierd, when one of the character, Arthur Khan (a malaysian plant manager or something like that) exclaims "Jesus!!". How did the author / reviewers mis this bluff. A malaysian guy with a muslim name, says "Jesus!!" when gets excited. I dont think so.

Check for yourself if you dont beleive. This happens in the recoreded conversation between Meredith Johnson and Arthur Khan, sent to Tom Sanders by the plant foreman Mohammad Jaffer. It comes at almost the end of the novel.

-S

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posted by ACE !! at 9:24 PM 1 comments

HAPPY?? NEW YEAR

The first week of new year 2007 ended with lot of heart breaks on the sports front. Like the famous tamil proverb, Patta kalile padum, ketta kudiye kedum, all the teams i support, lost one after another. Phew!! what a freakish way to start the new year. Worst of all, all the losses were freakish. All my teams lost the match than their opponent won it.

First, India lost to SA in cricket after having an advantageous position. That was really sick, as India does that very often. Every series, they win the first test, stir the emotions and hopes of fans only to lose the series and put every one in despair. Every time they lose in such a pathetic way, i take a vow not to follow these matches, but only to break it during their next series.

Next, Dallas Cowboys (American football team) lost a playoff match against seattle seahawks in a freakish manner. Dallas was leading, 20 - 13. Dallas had the ball, and during a short pass, one of the WR (Terry Glenn), fumbled the ball, for the seahawks to pounce on it and to take it to the endzone. The rule on ground was touch down. But dallas coach challenged it and reversed it to a safety. If it had been a tochdown, Dallas would have had the ball again but with not so good 20 - 20 score. Since it was a safety, the score was 20-15 (2 poits for seahawks) and the ball was given back to Seattle. Seattle scored and got another 7 points to go 21-20. Now, Dallas, as resilient as ever, drove the ball to seattle 10. Now just they have to take the ball into the endzone for a touchdown. Alas!! 3 chances were miffed. Fine, still, a field goal could save Dallas from jaws of defeat. Of everybody, Tony Romo, the saviour of dallas during regular season, dropped the snap, and rest is history.. (cant write anymore sob!!! sob!!! sob!!!).

Last, Dallas mavericks (NBA), the best in the league so far has won 13 consecutive games and was poised to win against LA Lakers. Dallas was leading LA by 8 points with 10 mins to go, and the victory was just formality. Then, conforming to my other teams, catapulted to a 3 point loss.
Dallas cowboys loss was the most painful, as they were just 1 minute from winning the match. India's loss wasnt painful as much as cowboys, because the loss was spread over 3 days and it slowed the stomach punch. Mavs loss was hurting as it happened during mourning the previous 2 losses, otherwise i would not have bothered.

Eh!! what a way to start the new year!!!!!

Hope it will still be happy new year (atleast for the remaining of the year :) )

-S

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posted by ACE !! at 9:23 PM 0 comments

THE GHOST AND THE DARKNESS




This one is a great movie where 2 lions wreck havoc in a construction site in africa. Assuming this story is true, i was amazed to see 2 lions acting out of character and killing for pleasure. Normally lions dont hunt (only lionesses hunt). Lions are the laziest of all animals. They sleep for 18 hrs a day. These 2 lions in the movie are shown active all through the day and night.

One of the hard-to-understand part is Charles Remington, being an experienced and the best hunter gets killed by the Darkness (or the ghost). One of the qualities of an expert hunter is sharp hearing sense. So if Remington, missed a lion approaching, either the lion is too good or he is a not such a great hunter. Or may be he is just over confident.


I will settle for the latter as, he compares the lions with his hometown bullies. He assumes the lions also, once seperated will become harmless, atleast not as menacing as before. I was not very much convinced when he says "He is alone now and he is afraid". He adds a good dose of chuckles after that. That pretty much tells he is over confident. How could he under estimate the "special" lions?? He very well knows they are not the normal lazy lions, but still after killing only one, he takes the job easily.
It goes to prove : It's not over till it's over.
-S

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posted by ACE !! at 9:19 PM 3 comments

KARMA

Do you beleive in KARMA? Thanks to my mom's bedtime stories, i was terrified of Karma in my kindergarten days. Now i m not terrified like before, but still... Before i dwelve into details, read this carefully..

If you are my friend, and know me pretty well, get these things asap.. no, not asap, immediately, i mean right now.

-> Steering wheel lock
-> Wheel lock
-> Alarm system for cars
-> Comprehensive insurance for your car
-> Home insurance
-> Double bolt lock for home
-> CC cameras for your home
-> Insure anything that you think is valuble.

If you are very close to me, better buy a gun. I m not kidding. You dont have any choice. Beleive me...

Ok.. Don't start imagining that i will come to steal your things, you jerks. No thats not my idea. My idea is to make the blow from my Karma, soft for you all.

First, my car was stolen. You might have known that now from my numerous pulambals. Miraculously it was recovered with minimum damage. I didnt even complete my first round of pulambals, my friends' car got stolen too(recovered with some damage :( ). Is that all?? Nope...Karma never let me go that easily. I came to office after the holidays, my collegue (also a friend) says his car was broken into and office laptop/debuggers/phones were stolen.

So distraught with these string of thefts, i was appalled to know when one of my college friends collegue's car was stolen and never recovered. I would not have added this theft to my karma's account, but seeds of doubt has been sowed in my mind, by the previous thefts. Is it because of my karma??. No way!! It could not be. isnt?? or Am i guilty??...

How could this continously happen?? KARMA.. nothing but KARMA. But I m trying to help you guys to escape from my Karma's wrath. So what do you do when some theft happens?? Do the following

-> Be calm, breathe deeply 15 times.
-> Note down all the things that were stolen or missing
-> Call cops (yep, the same useless ones) and place a complaint.
-> Call insurance.
-> Try to sleep (but very difficult).


-> Last but not least,
DO NOT EVER tell me somebody robbed you. Repeat, DO NOT TELL ME. Pleeeeeeeezzzzz

I have accrued enough guilt already to last for 9 lives.


Good luck.

-S

posted by ACE !! at 8:41 PM 1 comments

HAPPY HOLS

Wow.. how good does it feel to take a 10 days off from a routine schedule and sit idle with nothing in the world to worry about? Hmm to an optimist : Wonderful. To pessimist : Once the 10 days are over, life is going to be the same as ever.

So what am i?? An optimist or a pessimist. For the fist 9 days i was an optimist. The last 1 day i was a pessimist.

Been to minneapolis to my friend's place for 10 days. Man, was that great?. U bet. Had a wonderful time. My friend, courageous as usual, took my constant complaints (pulambals) and my usual messiness in the right stride and adjusted for those 10 days. Hope i havent worn out my welcome (just itching to use this phrase for sometime :)).

It was overall a very good trip.

Positives:

-> Got 300$ to postpone my trip by 12 hrs.
-> Had a wonderful time at my friends place. (Dont ask me if they had a good time!!)
-> Ate wonderful home cooked meals.. (and am still wondering why my cooking doesnt taste the same way).
-> Had enough sleep to put kumbakarnan to shame.
-> At last got to see some snow... (more on it later)

Nothing much to complain about. But, my head will burst if i dont complain something or other. (I m known for my pulambals). So just to be myself, i list some negatives.

Negatives :

-> Didnt go out enough (no place to go is a different story)
-> Too much hospitality made me lazy and fat. (ok.. fatter..)

-S

posted by ACE !! at 8:40 PM 1 comments

THE RAINMAKER

How difficult is it to make a movie out of a successful novel?? Probably very difficult.How difficult is it to stick to the original plot in the novel?? Should not be very difficult isnt??

Yes, the major hurdle is to tell the whole story in 1.30 hours. So a slight deviation is inevitable.But what is the point when the movie deviates a lot from the original plot, so it looks like a different story altogether? How is it justified?

For eg, i recently watched The Rainmaker by Jhon Grisham. The novel was very well written and the plot was really good. But the movie deviated so much from the original book, that it was frustrating to the point where i lost interest in the movie half way through.In the book, Rudy Baylor, works the jury towards his side, by proving Great benefit lied to the jury and his client. Also, phase by phase, Rudy makes a strong case by proving each of the lies of Great benefit and catching them red handed in the act. No where during the trial Drummond has an upper hand. It was always Rudy Baylor's show. It also makes sense why the Jury awarded $50 mill in punitive damages if you read the book.

In the movie, it seems, Rudy doesnt have control over the case in the courtroom. He is repeatedly snubbed by Tyrone Kipler and Drummond seems to have the upper hand till CEO Keeley sits in teh witness chair. And suddenly the Jury awards $50mill to Dot black. If i were in the Jury, i certainly would not have awarded such a big verdict if Rudy baylor argued, as in the movie. May be against GB, but certainly not such a big verdict. The trial was a farce.

Also, in the movie, it is showm Rudy baylor got claims manual from Jackie Lemancyzk (stolen). In the book, it will be provided by GB, during inventry discovery. And i felt, Everett Lufkin lying to the Jury is the critical junction where the Jury are more or less decided on giving the verdict against GB. The movie not only screwed up the plot but showed the very likeable Rudy Baylor in very bad light while using stolen documents.

May be, instead of cribbing too much about these, i should avoid watching movies, if i have already read the book. :).

-S

posted by ACE !! at 8:40 PM 0 comments

WHAZZUP BUDDY

The two common words in USA, was a terrible nightmare for me. First when i came here from India, it was kind of funny when people used to say "howdy" "wazzup". I never understood the accent with which it uttered or what they meant. It was kind of awkward, as you dont know what to do when someone comes up and say howdy. I always managed with a smile and nod of the head.

It happens that once my manager when passing through office corridor, says "whazzup buddy" and was looking at me to say something. My brain deciphered something like a bee's buzz. I was wondering what to say. As adviced by my peers i just blurted out "Pardon me". I could see in his eyes "What this jerk is doing, cant understand whazzup??". To be polite he mutters "howdy". I was wondering what the heck is goin on.. what am i supposed to tell. I should have just used common sense and tried my usual "smile and nod" routine. But i tried to be polite and go back to my rhetoric "Pardon me..".

Thats it. My manager got real red in the face and i could see the confused look on his face. He was thinking, whether i m serious or making fun of him. Third time he says "Whazzup". From the look in his eyes i stopped well short of saying "Pardon me" and went back to my "smile and nod" routine. He was clearly releived (from not having to strangle me). And till date whenever he see me in the corridor or anywhere, he just hangs his head and walk away as though i dont exist. I can't blame him for that.

Anyways, is there any dictionary that explains all the american slang?

-S

posted by ACE !! at 8:39 PM 2 comments

GIFTS

Last week in our office, we were to pick a number. Each number will be associated with a name and we have to buy a gift for that person. The gift is to be presented during an official lunch.

To be frank, whenever the chance occurs for me to gift, like for a friends marriage, birthday etc, i club with some of my friends and we give a group gift. The advantage is we can pool in money and buy a better "presentable" gift. When the money goes higer the options are wider.

But to buy a gift alone for 20$ was the most difficult chore of my life, especially when you hate shopping. So the best option, try to buy it online. The only problem is it will take more than a week to deliver and i dont have that much time.

So i set out to walmart, target and few other shops to buy a gift to an unknown person in our office. I check wallets, dolls, toys, bags etc etc etc. After 3 hours i settled on a decent perfume which i thought will make the recipient's days fresh with the fragrance.

When we were at the lunch, i found mine was a bad idea. There were ppl who bought chocolates, chocolate covered pretzels, swiss knife, ice boxes and they all looked good. It was terribly embarrassing to get a bad gift.

I dont like this gifting idea at all. Partly because i m a bad gifter, but also what purpose are we trying to acheive here. 5 out of 10 gifts are going to be bad. Instead of giving such gifts i would suggest to pool the money and play lottery.

-S

posted by ACE !! at 8:38 PM 0 comments

CAR THEIFS

After my car was stolen and recovered, it took me a couple of weeks to come out of mourning. (the total expenditure totalled 600$). To become normal, to take the venom out of me, I followed the my usual way of calling my buddies and boring them to death with my sad stories. Wow!! now i m releived. :)

Irony is that, one fine day, my friend calls me and says his car is missing from a gated apartment. The first thought that went through my head.. Is my karma affecting him. I told him not to worry and told him and advised him what he has to do.

The cops were worse in his case. No one visited the crime scene. Just took his car license plate number and gave him a file number. He has to check with them for the status. After 10 days, he calls and finds out that the car was indeed found and is in some junk yard. He has to pay 200$ to reclaim it. It seems the car was found 2 days back. The most atrocious charge is 50$ for notifying him. The car is found, it is in a junk yard. No one informs my friend that the car is found, but they charge him 50$ for notification.

If he has called a few days later, they would have charged him storage fees also. What to think of the cops??

My opinion about cops, law and order in this country is going down faster than a sinking submarine.

-S

posted by ACE !! at 8:38 PM 0 comments

COPS ARE SAME EVERYWHERE

Pretty sad news to start a blog. But anyways,

Living in a safe neighborhood for the past 2 years in dallas, not even in my wildest imagination i would have thought my car would be stolen right under the nose of our office security.

That fateful night, I parked my car in our office parking lot in the view of our security went out with friends. The next day afternoon, it was more of unbelief than shock to see my car missing.

It is not a new car, a old 96 honda accord with 77K miles. Fine, but I got that car just a month back. So it was very upsetting. The shock slowly started to get in. Anyway i have to see what next.

I went to our security and she says the car was taken just 30 minutes before my arrival.I called 911 immediatly and they responded 2 hrs later. The officer was polite, took the details, and made a national alert and offered me good luck. I didnt have any hope of getting the car back. Just the thought of going by bus daily to all places itself made me tired and sick to the core. Still life has to go on.

Surprise!!!!! After 4 days i heard the sweet news that my car was found. Man, is that called releif? Wow!! wonderful news. The detective also said the car was found in a hospital parking lot, and now is in auto pound. It could be collected anytime.

So i go to autopound and waited in a queue to see my car. It took 1.30 hrs to just go and see the car. Was i shocked?? Yes.. the ignition was cut using a cutting plyer and other than that nothing happened. I was asked to pay 120$ to release the car. The cops find my car, and i have to pay to get it back?? I couldnt understand the logic. Then why do i pay tax??
WHAT THE HECK?? Fine, atleast i have my car.

So i get my car, i could see the cutting plyer used to break in, is lying on the floor of the car.

- why didnt the detectives taken it for fingerprinting??
- Did they atleast saw my car for any evidence??

I dont think so. Since my car was found in good condition they closed the file.

So US cops are no better than any other country cops. Thats teh only conclusion i could arrive at.

-S

posted by ACE !! at 8:35 PM 0 comments