Tuesday, January 09, 2007

the ice breaker

ok so we are nine days nearer to the end of the world ( the pessimist in me goes...wow..!!) which is assumed to happen sometime in 2012 according to the Mayans as explained here,

"2012 is sometimes claimed to be a year of spiritual transformation (or apocalypse). Many esoteric sources interpret the completion of the thirteenth B'ak'tun cycle in the Long Count of the Maya calendar (which occurs on December 21 by the most widely held correlation) to mean there will be a major change in world order, although there is a distinct lack of evidence from the extant records of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization that they themselves considered this occurrence in 2012 would signify the end of the world."

Funny I just watched Apocalypto a few days ago....


My colleague ( a self-confessed atheist) started blaming Ted Haggard for all the things going wrong in Denver over the past few weeks. It surprised me a bit to know that he believed in the word of God when things werent going right ( hey whatever makes u happy dude...)

So he starts off, Dude, God has finally spoken...bcos of the f#$%^ we've now had three blizzards, the denver broncos are out of the play offs, a bronco was shot dead, an avalanche near Winter park and we have one more storm this week. Could it get any worse?

Yes, it could, I thought...I could be watching Tendulkar get out for crappy score, again.

Lekin this was my beef...tum nahin samjhoge...kuch kuch hota hai??? ( I didnt see that one coming...for sure!)


Circa 2006: Scrubs: My savior.
Circa 2007: Scrubs: My savior.


So, getting back to my snow stories, here is one that will be framed in memory of a cold 2006.

I was stuck at work when the first blizzard hit. God knows what made me go to work, but when I had that steering wheel in my hand, all I could hear in my mind was "If Schumy was the rain-man, ure the snow-man" Thinking about that now, it doesnt even make any sense, but on that day when I was whizzing by cars who were less fortunate ( or more) than me to get stuck on I-25, I felt like a true champ. Then yes I felt like the truest chimp of all time.

Facing a blizzard isnt really tough. Its just wind at 40 mph with snow, reducing visibility to ure own two feet. When the icy winds hit ure face, u feel like parts of it are falling off, yup..there goes my nose...then my lips...and the mental image of that makes you feel like Mr. Potato. Now what you could add to the situation is your car not having enough clearance to get through the snow, which all of a sudden seems to be every freaking where. At the end of it I wanted to just go home, not here, but to bby.

Anyway I've seen most of these types now, from desert sand storms in Jeddah where the sand hits ure face so hard you cant even breathe, to rains in bby where Ive had to waddle in waist deep water for over 10 kms to get to the only bus that was running, to snow storms this bad. And all I can think of realistically speaking, is that none of them were actually bad if I had nothing else to do.

What I mean by that is, if you wanted to get somewhere else, or if you wanted some outdoor action, ya obv its gonna be bad, but noone really asks you to get into the misadventure in the first place.

Ok, so now we were 5 guys stuck at this swanky hotel that charged us over a 100 bucks for a room. Luckily my company picked up the tab, so I didnt mind staying there for more than that night. What do you get when five random guys start yapping away about life with their beers and my coffee. It was interesting to know these different dimensions that existed in these people, I mean ya we worked in the same place, but it wasnt often that a Senior VP would be talking to an Analyst about things he did as a kid.

Hollywood starts here. and then Bollywood copies.

Himesh Reshamaiya goes " Ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo"


The city now looks like a war zone replica in snow. The streets remind me of India.

and there NYC is an amazingly warm 70 degrees.

What sort of a freakshow country are we living in?

I watched Children of Men last weekend. Now for all the rave reviews the movie received, I felt guilty dragging two of my friends into that theatre. It was pretty stupid, ( most futuristic movies give no hope to mankind) but the action sequences were amazing. I know one thing for sure. The next time I go to a movie, its not my suggestion.



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