Friday, October 29, 2004

Los Angeles Trip

8th Oct, Friday evening oru 18:30 pola veetlendhu kalambi, CalTrain pudikardhuku ponom. Naanga pona station lendhu train 19:07 hrs kalambum. Indha oorla sema punctuality, correct time ku kalambiduchu. CalTrain lam double decker trains. Semaya irundhuchu. Nalla enjoy paninom train la, nanum Baskar-um. Oru 20 stations kalichu, naanga eranga vaendiya station, Santa Clara vandhuchu. Anga konja neram wait paninom, then en friend vandhu pick up panikitu, we went to eBay office. En friend Ramesh, anga dhan work pannuran. Naanga LA poradhukana route map edukanum nu anga ponom. Angendhu India free-ya call pannalam sonan, adhunala Appa-ku and Ganesh, Manni-ku call panitu, started to his home.

Anga pona, college-la Ganesh-oda junior Shiva va paathaen. Avanum eBay-kaga San Jose la dhan irukan. So, avanoda pesitu irundhuthu, anga konja neram irundhutu, we started our journey to LA. Had our dinner in a place nearby, and then push-off to LA around 22:30 hrs.

Drive was too good, and the freeway was excellent. Indha oora highway-ya dhan freeway nu solraanunga, nalla irundhuchu, paakavae. Full-a lane traffic, and ella road-um 4-5 lanes, for each side. Romba nalla irundhuchu. Speed limit was varying from 65-75 mph. We can go +10mph. Andha speed la poittu irundhom naangalum. Nalla irundhuchu. Naanga pona car vandhu Mercury SABLE. 5 paer dhaaralama ukandhutu pogalam. Irundha 5 paer la, 3 paer sema size, enayum sethu. Gunda irukira 2 paer minnadi seat la and micham 3 paer-um pinnadi seatla ukandhutu vandhanga. Semaya koothu adichukittu, nalla enjoy panitu ponom. 2-3 times, vandi niruthittu, konjam relax panitu ponom. Reached LA around 05:30 hrs on Saturday. Relaxed for some time, and drive paninavan, oru 2-3 hrs thoonginaan. Adhu varaikum, we all finished our baathing and bathroom formalities. Angendhu, Universal Studios-ku 08:30 hrs pola kalambinom.

09:30 hrs ku, we entered Universal Studios. Car park panitu, we went inside. Naanga nalla fast-a ponom for one ride. The ride is - Revenge of THE MUMMY - THE RIDE. Entry-yae bayangarama irundhuchu. Idhu vandhu oru roller coster ride. Normal-a illama, mummy sets kulla. Ride la poittu irukarche, skeleton and boodham lam namma mela vandhu vizhara madhiri romba nalla panni irundhanga. Nejama, first aarambikarche, jolly-ya irundhchu, medhuva pochu, aana konjam bayama irundhuch, en na dark room, adhu madhiri. Dhideernu speed edukum, and ore satham vera, Indha vegathula poi oru edathula nikkum, andha edahukku minadi oru screen, andha screen la ore karuppu vanda-a irukkum, mummy padathula varum la adhu maadhiri. Dhideernu adhulam namma mela vizhara madhiri panni irundhanga. Deadly-ya irundhuchu. Seri da sniya, adhoda nikkum nu paatha, vandha vegathula reverse-la vera pogum. My god, adhu dhan bayangara scary-ya irundhuchu. andha reverse-la vandhu nikkum podhu, namma mela, fog/smoke rendu sethum adikkum. apdiyae, andha alavukku realistic-a irundhuchu. The best rides, I have ever been in my life so far !

Adhu mudichutu velila vandhom. Jurassic Park - Water Ride. Idhu vandhu oru water ride. Nalla jolly-ya irundhuchu. Forest kulla, Dinosaur-ku madhila, namma pogara madhiri. Dinosaurs of varying sizes were there. Nalla irundhuchu. Chinna kids lam nalla enjoy pannuvanga. Last-a, oru Dinosaur vaykulla pora madhiri irukkum, aana takku-nu water la plunge. Nalla irundhuchu. Enjoyed it. :-)

Adhukku appuram kotikitom. Then, went on to other rides. The next ride was Back to the Future - The Ride. Ulla poradhukku minadiyae, nalla build-up potrundhanga, romba scary-yana ride adhu idhunu, so naan jaga vaangikittaen. Pasangalam poittu vandhanga, naan Studios fulla suthi suthi photos eduthaen. Adhoda snaps ingae irukku. Adhula matha snaps-lamum irukku.

Naan suthitu varadhukkum, pasanga andha ride mudchutu varadhukkum correct-a irundhuchu. Then, we went to the ULTIMATE thing, Van Helsing - Fortress Dracula - Walk Through. Enna na, chumma Val Helsing sets madhiri vechu, adhunala namma nadandhu poganum. Its not a ride. We know that, its all man made, and chumma entertainment-ku dhan appadinu, adhu madhiri dhan irundhuchu, poga poga... eppo da veliya exit varumnu aayuduchu. My God, appadi bayama irundhuchu. Semaaaaaa irutta irundhuchu, and dhideer-nu namma mela skeleton vandhu vilum, oh gosh... aadi poittom.. semaya irundhuchu. Andha beedhi thelinju, veliya vandhu konjam neram rest eduthutu, we went to the next theme.

Next theme was, Terminator 2 - 3D. Deadly-ya yosikarangappa. I-Max theatre madhiri oru setup, ulla pogum podhe 3D glasses tharaanga. Appadiyae Terminator sandai lam nejama namma minadi nadakara madhiri, and artists are performing on stage and screen layum effects simulateous-a varum. Sathiyama, ennala solli adha puriya vekka mudiyadhu. You have to experience it, to understand it. Adhu mudichuttu, adutha Theme-ku ponom.

Water World. Idhuvum amazing-a irundhuchu. Water World movie madhiri set panni, thannikula vechu, ultimate-a panni irundhanga. Adhoda snaps ingae paarunga.

Appuram Studio Tour ponom. Tour in a tram, inside the Studios. Adhuvae oru 45 mins. Evlo erisu pa Studios. Namma AVM Studio-lam sappai.. onnumae illa... idhu romba nalla irundhuchu. English padam lam semaya irukku adhu idhu nu nenachutu irundhom la, adhellam verum set dhan da naaygala-nu kaamichanunga. Jurassic Park, Jumanji pondra pala padangal anga chumma set pottu eduthadham. Nalla ematharaangappa. Nalla irundhuchu aana, andha ride. Adhoda snaps ingae!

Ellam mudikavae engalukku time 6:30 pm ayuduchu, so veetuku kalambinom. Veetukku vandha, elarukum, sema tired, so paduthu rest eduthutu, had dinner @ an Indian restaurant there. Arumayana saapadu, mudichuttu poi padutha, adutha naal 9 am dhan theiryum pa enakku !

Elarum kada-kada nu kalambi, Hollywood Street noakki ponom. Anga dhan Kodak Theatre elam irukku. INga dhan Oscar awards tharuvangalam. Anga konjam suthitu, konjam snaps lam eduthutu then headed to Santa Monica beach. Santa Monica beach oru 4 pm pola ponom. Anga poi beach la suthitu, had dinner arnd 6:30 pm in a Indian Restaurant and started back to SFO. Nanum drive paninaen varum podhu. Reached home at 3:30 am and slept. Ipadi dhan pa, pochu engaloda LA trip !

Indha blog-a eludhi mudika enakku 3 weeks aachu. Andha range-la eludhi irukaen naan.

Sunday, October 17, 2004

Sema vettiya pochu pa indha week and weekend. Officelayum onnum perisa velai illa, veetlayum usual routine dhan... so apdiyae pogudhu... hey solla marandhutanae, naan pudhusa oru mobile and connecion vaangirkaen from AT & T Wireless. Phone and plan charges put together comes to around $60. Sema deal nu sonnanga. Idhu dhan ennoda plan charges and phone charges. Actually ippo phone velai kuranju irukku, naan vaangum podhu it was just $14.99, ippo $5 kuranju irukku. It is a Refurbishes phone. Apdina, andha phone testing podhu edachum fail aagi irukkum, so adhu service dealer kitta poittu, adha thiruppi full service panni tharuvanga. Aprma, adhu market ku varum. Elam idhu podhum nu dhan vaangitaen... idhukk 3 months waranty vera tharanunga, adhukka mela enna vaenum sollunga. ennoda plan vandhu $39.99. I have 400 free minutes, weeknights and weekends free. Adhavadhu, night 9pm to morn 6 am, whatever I talk is free and weekend full-a is free. Sema plan nu thonichu, adhunala idhu select pannikittaen.

Weekend sema vettiya pochunga, engayum pola, except Saturday evening. Annikki evening, tamil padampoi paathom in a theatre in Fremont. Idhu dhan naanga pona theatre. Naanga paatha padam, 7G Rainbow Colony. Sumarana padam vida, konjam better. FIrst lendhu oru 150 mins varaikum padam nalla irundhuchu, last 30 mins sodhapidichu, eppo da mudiyum nu aayuduchu, and neraya vishiyangal, Selvaraghavan stamp irundhuchu. I mean, sex pathi romba solli irundhan, and adhu evlo thappa justify panna mudiyumo panni irundhan. Adhulam 'enakku' pidikala. Kandippa veetoda ukandhu paaka mudiyadha oru padam !

Then, Sunday was a vetti day, woke up at 11 and market poittu, konjam TV paathaen. Then roomie cook panni irundhan, saptutu went for shopping, adhu mudichutu vandhutaen. Chumma dhan pochu indha weekend-um

Naan inum ennoda LA Trip pathi eludhittu irukaenga, adhu mudichutu, will post it here. Sorry for the delay. Seri naan jaga vaangikuraen.. Bye... Bye... Have a great week !!

Monday, October 04, 2004

Start with a BAAANG !!!!

morning lendhu vettiya dhan irundhaen, saagara nerathula sankara sankara nu solra madhiri, kalambara nerathula edho meetin adhu idhu nu pottu, romba late ayuduchu iniki kalambavae. 6:30 pm ku dhan kalambinaen. ;-) Aprm asangaloda pesitu vandhaen aathuku. Naan panina Vengayam-Thakkali inga sema famous ayuduchu. Thank you Loosu Manni, for the receipe !

endha alavukku afternoon vettiya irundhena, Bharath Matrimony site browse panitu irundhurpaen. Yaarum thappa nenachuda vaendam, ennoda colleague oruthanukku, kalyanam panradha mudivu panirkanga pola. So, avanoda profile-a net la podalam nu pesitu irundhanga. Apo dhan naanum chumma ponaen. Idhu kooda nalla vazhiya dhan irukunga, site adika, photo lam potrukanga net la.. ;-) so adhulam pathtu irundhaen konja neram.

Then Baskar varaan la, adhunala airport ku eppadi poganum, endha terminal ellam paathutu irundhaen... wednesday anniki vaaraan machan inga, so inimae gujals-a koothu dhan... :-)

seringa, naan thoonga poraen ... bye bye... edho blog eludhina thrupthiya ilainga, ennamo romba dull-a irukuku, adhaunala dhan, edho olaritu poraen.. bye...

Sunday, October 03, 2004

Saturday afternoon, Golden Gate Park polamnu kalambinom. Adhukku poradhukku, we have to get down in Ocean Beach. Beach nalla irundhuchu. A must see beach-nu solla mataen, but it was nice going there. Anga poi koothu adichutu vandhom. Thanni la erangala, aana semaya alai adichu, en kaal-lam thanni aayuduchu. Andha beach la annikki edho competition nadathutu irundhuchu. Edachum oru theme eduthukitu, adhu pathi edachum pannanum, sand-la. Romba arumaya irundhuchu, angalam poi snaps eduthutu, Golden Gate Park - Murphy Wind Mill side la enter panninoam.

Park nalla dhan irundhuchu. Bayangara perisu-nga park. Naanga andha park-oda map-a eduthu poga marandhutom, adhunala konjam kashta pattom. Nadandhu nadandhu kaal sema vali. Appuram, oru valiya, velila vandhom. Eppadi velila varanum-nae theriyama kashta pattu, park kulla vazhi kettu velila vandhom. Actually, andha park-la 4 windmills irukku, in each corner, naanga onnu dhan paathom, andha madhiri, sema confusing-a irundhuchu. Endha edathulayum, sariyana sign boards-um ilaya, romba kashta pattom. Appuram anga konjam snaps eduthutu irundhom.

Appo en friend oru road-a snap eduthuttu irundhan. Steep-a irukku appadinu. Andha side-a vandha oru lady, asinga paduthiduchu engala. Idhulam steep road illa, Pacific Heights-nu oru edam irukku, anga ponga, best-a irukum nu sollichu. Anga pona, oh my god... amaaaaaazinga-a irundhuchu. Neengalae paarungalaen inga. SFO Bay Area and beach-a angendhu paaka arumaya irudhuchu... Appuram veetukku vandhutu, cook paninaen.

Thakkali-Vengayam vaangitu vandhu, en Manni, oh sorry, eppavum adai mozhiya vittudaraen, ennoda Loosu Manni, oru gothsu madhiri onnum pannum. Adhu paninaen. Nejamavae, adhu panra madhiriyae rombaaaaaaaaaa nalla vandhuchu. Pasanga room-la ore kushi ayitanga. Enakkum santhoshama irundhuchu. :-) Then, saaptu thoongitom.

Sunday Special - Medhuva 8:30 pola endhirichuttu, pal thekama mail check panitu, pal thechutu vandhaen. En room mate-ku bday inniki, avana congratulate panitu, system la ukandhu edho panitu irundhaen. Avan pongal paninan, adhu saaptutu, Farmer's Market-ku ponom. Kaigari vaanga dhan. Anga poittu elam vaangitu veetukku vandhu, naan Tomato Rice panalam nu eranginaen. Edho sumara vandhuchu.

Adha saaptutu, we started to a temple in Concord around 3 pm. Andha map-la we boarded the BART @ Civic Center. Neengalae paarunga, angendhu Concord evlo dhoormam nu. Oru 45 mins aachu train la. Romba nalla irundhuchu train. Nalla enjoy paninom. Namma oor train maadhiri illa, nalla irundhuchu.

In Concord we went to Shiva Murugan Temple. Chinna kovil dhan. Aana sema cute-a irundhuchu. Anga poittu konja neram irundhutu, we went to a Indian bazaar there. Concord-la kedaikara elamae ingayum SFO Downtown-layum kedaikum, aana romba costly-ya irukkum, so Concord ila Fremont pona, namakku vaenumgara saamanlam, angendhu vaangitu varadhu nalladhu. Bcoz, andha edathulalam namma population adhigam. Family people-lam anga irupanga, and bachelors lam Downtown la irupanga. Downtown la dhan elarukum work place-a irukkum, aana inga downtown la cost of living romba jaasthi and namma population irukadhu. Aana inga rent lam share panikardhunala avlo burden theriyadhu, and pasangalukku nalla enjoy panra edam idhu. Freemont-lam gramam maadhiri, in the sense, indha alavukku fun element irukadhu. Aana, purushan kaaran office vandha appuram, pondati enna pannuva, vambu pesa namma manusha vaenumae, adhunala dhan, Freemont-la irupanga, en na, anga namma makkal jaasthi, en anga namma makkal jaasthi, en na anga cost of living kammi. Ada pongapa, circular-a vandhutae iruku, ennala idhuku mela idhu pathi type panna mudila... sorrry... hey marandhutaen, kovil and BART snaps, idho...

Iron kaaran saabham - Trichy-la irukarche, enga appa nalla iron panni vechuduvaru. Chennai vandhappo, I can feel, how better my Dad would iron my clothes. En na dhobilam dhenda pasanga. Chennai la irundhappa, enga veetu pakathula irukira iron kaaranai, kannula veral vittu, sorry, iron box la kambi vittu aattuvaen. Paper vechu iron pannu, adhu vechu iron pannu, idhu vechu iron pannu appadi ippadinu pottu, avana paduthuvaen. Andha kadupula dhan avan enna sabichuttan nenakraen, inga vandhu naanae en thuniyalam iron panitu irukaen. Chae, sema kadiyana velaippa... Aana thuni manilam thocha vudanaevae pannidanum, illati pile up aayudum.

Seringa enakku ippo thookam varudhu, nalaikki morning aapeece poganum, naan thoonga poraen.. taa... taa.. see you...

Saturday, October 02, 2004

Nethikki night Chutney-nu inga oru India/Pakistani restaurant irukku. Atleast, indhulayachum othumaya rendu country-um sendhu paer potrukangalae. Seri, adha vidunga, indha edathula namma arasiyal pesa vaendam. Friday annikki Goat Curry romba famous nu, ennoda room mate anga kootitu ponan. Anga pona, enna kumbla theiryuma, nikkavae edam illa, order pannitu, wait panni vaangitu vandhom. Naanum Aloo-Gobi Masala and Daal Fry vaangitu vandhaen. En-na veetla Vegetarian population adhigam. Appalika saaptutu, nalla thoonginaen.

Morning medhuva 8 mani pola endhirichu, Ganesh & Manni ku phone pesitu, thiruppi paduthutaen... Aana thookam varalainga... endhirichutaen, appalika, pal thechutu, irundha clothes elathayum washing machine-la pottutu vandhaen. Washing ku $2.25 and drier ku $2. Aana indha oorla washing machine lendhu eduthalae, namma oor drier lendhu edutha madhiri irukkudhu. Drier lendhu clothes lam edutha, warm-a irukku. Avlo nalla irudhuchu. Thuni maniya thochutu varadhukula, pasanga cook panni mudichu irundhanga. Potato podimas and Tomato rasam. And, nethiki vaangina side dishes lam baaki irundhuchu, adhayum sethu saaptutu, ippo ukandhutu irukaen.

Ippo, Golden Gate Park polam-nu oru plan, poittu vandhuttu, eppadi irundhuchu nu solraen. Adhu varaikum, ungalidam irundu vidai peruvadhu, Naan dhan - idhukaga, vaadagaiku, oru aala kootitu varuvaen. Taa... Taa... :-)

Friday, October 01, 2004

Vetti Vaaram ...

Onnum velai ilaya, seri inga pethina, konja neram time pogum nu dhan vandhaen.

Indha vaaram naan ennalam cook paninaen appadina, Potato fry, soooooper-a irundhuchu. Then, nethikki Vegetable Noodles paninaen. Deadly-ya irundhuchu. Vatha Kuzhambu vechaen, 2 days back. Adhuvum romba nalla vandhuchu. But, ennoda talent idhula edhuvum illainga, because, MHP Vatha kuzhambu readymade mix vechu paninaen. Ada MHP products yaarudhunu theriyadha, ivangalodadhu dhaanga. Nejama, am happy that, I have started cooking properly again.

Enna da vaaram idhu... aniyaya vettiya pogudhu... en da week aarambikidhu nu irukudhu ippolam... thursday evening lendhe weekend dhan inga... ennayae paarungalaen, iniki kalaila 8:30 varaikum thoongitu irundhaen. office vandhadhu oru 9:45 pola, mail lam check panitu oru kutti velai aarambikardhukula, time 10:45 ayuduchu. Inga ellarum ippadi dhanga irukanga, Friday-na morn 10 pola vara vaendiyadhu, 12-12:15 pola lunch ku poittu, medhuva 2-2:15 pola return. Appuram 4-4:30 max, elarum kalambidaranga. Uhmm... Offshore la irundhappalam, weekend lamae weekday madhirilam irundhu irukku. Aana inga better. Iniki nanum kitta thatta appadi dhan paninaen vechukongalaen... Office vandhuttu, chumma ippadi appadi enna panalam nu yosichutu browse panna aarambichaen.

net-la watch vaangina eppadi irukum edhu irukum nu indha site ku poi paathaen... yabba.. . aniyayathuku irukkupa... $7 lendhu $196,000 varaikkum watches irukku. Naan paatha costliest watch, idhu dhan. En da, watch vandhu mani pakka dhan, adhukku en da ivalo costly-ya vaangureenga... yabba... kodumayo kodumai... enakku pidicha oru watch, ingae irukku. Ippo vaanga poradhu illa, aana paathu vechukanum la, adhunala dhan.

Morning lam ivlo busy-ya velai paathadhu la nalla pasi, adhunala veetuku poitaen saapida. Adhan MUNI-la bus pass vaangitenae, so jolly-ya poittu varalam. En nu kekkareengala, inga paarunga muzhu vivaram.
Veetukku pona, paathiram lam pottadhu potta padiyae irundhuchu. Elathayum kazhuvura edathula potutu vandhurkaen. So, evening veetukku pona clean-a irukkum.

Inga ellamae sooper theriyuma, every 15 days sambalam tharaanga. Ennoda first pay check vandhuruchu nethiki. adhan ennoda bank la podalam nu pona, aniyaya kumbal. Kalambi vandhutaen. Marupadiyum, ipavum poi paathaen, sema kumbal, so thirumbi vandhutaen.

Ayyo, oru mukkiyamana vishiyam solla marandhutanae, ennoda uyir nanban Baskar, avanum idhe place-ku varaan. Rombaaaaa santhoshama irukku enakku. Kitta thatta rendu varushama nanum avanum sendhu irundhutom, work-la and general koothula lam. Ayyo, enakku mattum indha onsite chance kedachuduchae, ivanukku ilayae nenachaen, appadi, nalla vela, avanukku ingayae vara madhiri chance kedachduchu. Romba happy-ya irukaen. Rendu perukkum nalla company aachu paarunga, work layum seri, ooru porukardhulayum seri. Bcoz, we know each other very well and we will get along very well too. Mikka nandri kadavulae :-)

Seringa, nalaikki lam velila povaen. poittu vandhu, engalam ponaen, ennalam paninaen-nu detailed-a solraen inga. Taa... Taa.... Have a nice weekend...