Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Embarassments, Dallas and No Lady Luck

** Dallas for one, is a cool city. Specially when you view it from far off. The downtown looks inviting. When you get there, you realize there aint much more than a couple of museums and eateries. Last weekend I was up in Dallas till about 48 hours ago, presenting at a conference, wearing my cowboy hat n boots and going "Hee-Haw".

** Its particularly nice when your company decides to fly you first class. Its nice to also realize your boss's boss is flying the same flight to the conference. So as you chat with him in the wait area, and When they ask all first class passengers to board and he does not move, its NOT very nice.

** Its even worse when you are seated in your seat and he walks past you, smiles and carries on to economy. Gets worse when he tells the entire crowd at the hotel and they make you pay for drinks (I know, its no reason to pay for drinks, but you just cant say - NO. Its a different thing you can bill it to the corporate account!! Heh!)

** Its nice that they fly you to Dallas, put you up in a
cool hotel room in one of the 'happening' localities. Its NOT NICE that you have no time to visit places like the Galleria mall and are all tied up with work. I have said this before. Hold conferences in weird places like Idaho or Oklahoma, where you have nothing to do and dont feel bad about not being able to get out. Or rather, dont feel bad others got out and you are wrestling with powerpoint.

** The Hilton tho' had this bar called 'The Cricketers'. And it actually happened to be based upon the sport which originates from the motherland (England!!). Altho I still had to draw comparisions with baseball to make it easier to understand for the crowd around me. "Yes, you can actually hit the ball with your bat and not run!! And you can hit a home run and still stay on field."

** Sometimes I feel I am just not meant for hot chicks. I am meant for Fat men (no, dont get me in the wrong way). But when the entire flight has 2 seats vacant, one besides you and one in front of you, and the two people entering are 'hot chick' and 'fat man', the 'fat man' has to get the seat next to me. Come on, the law of averages has to catch up. Someday!!

** Did manage to meet up with two of my close buds from Syracuse, Mandar & Minu, who have bought an awesome house and who fed me some awesome home-made desi food (read, Ghee with Pooranpoli, Kolhapuri chicken and the works!). God bless em!

Thats a weekend, well spent!


Blogger iyer education said...

your boss' boss travels by economy and you travel by first class? are you sure you didnt swap the tickets on purpose?

other than that i think the lady luck thing applies to me too yaar... just that its on BEST buses... can understand your problems on that front...

dhammal karew :)

April 27, 2006 12:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ajo phekna band kar ....
bosss in the economy n u in the 1st class ...dude seriously ..tht some Bull#$t
Anyways....I m bit lost where do i read wht u have asked us to read in the end

April 27, 2006 1:52 PM  
Blogger APOO said...

#Iyer: It seems I had an upgrade which I was not aware of. Anyways... I am not complaining!
BEST buses... u sure u want those women sit next to you?

#Amit: U dont need to read it, just eat it when u will be in India! ;)

April 28, 2006 12:48 AM  
Blogger iyer education said...

apoo: the passengers in best buses also have an upgrade which you again are unaware of... try travelling by an early morning bus... and tell me you dont want those 'early daisies' sitting next to you :P

April 28, 2006 2:55 AM  
Blogger anjali* said...

Are you telling me that the air stewardesses don't sit on your lap in First Class??? How can that be? :lol:

April 28, 2006 9:38 AM  
Blogger Mind Curry said...

from the mind to the heart..
great stuff :)
loved your homecoming post!

April 28, 2006 10:37 AM  
Blogger Medha.. said...

All this desi food talk is making me hungry! And i cant even get all that in perth! Esp pooranpoli with ghee..yummmmm....



April 28, 2006 1:53 PM  
Blogger surbhi seth said...

hey.. nice, chilled-out post! I couldn't help but notice your salutation to England as 'motherland'.... where are you from?!

April 28, 2006 3:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MotherLand ...U have to see rusell peter's stand up comedy to understand tht ...
Ajo send her the link

April 28, 2006 4:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pops: the law of averages u say eh! think it's that time of ur life when its already catching up with ya ...
.... and you still have a lot of explaining to do over the bong matri...

Anjali: anything on apoo's lap is never a good idea

iyer: (note the small case) define 'early daisies'

April 28, 2006 11:42 PM  
Blogger APOO said...

#Iyer: For once i agree with Abhi. Define early daisies.

#Anjali: If someone told you air stewardesses give lap dances in first class, and u believed em..... well.... they are having a good laugh at you now!

#Mind Curry: Thank You

#Surbhi: Like Amit said, you need to see the Russel Peters video. Am from good ol' India tho!

#Abhi: You think so? Its caught up? I think it never caught up, or it just went way beyond....

April 29, 2006 2:33 AM  
Blogger APOO said...

#Medha, I also had raita, roti... ok... I'll stop!
If you dont get it there... come down here!

April 29, 2006 10:18 AM  
Blogger Madame Mahima said...

surbhi if ure reading this..i have the whole file..ill send it over msn one'll LOVE it!

awww got to know me! the law of averages did catch up with u !

ok ok anyway glad u flew first..lucky idiot.

April 29, 2006 11:14 AM  
Blogger Sonia said...

when u don't money spend on anything, and still managed to sqeeze in some fun, it definitely is a weekend well spent! next time round though, have more fun and post some more goofy pics of urself!

April 30, 2006 11:21 AM  
Blogger Sameera said...

hopped in here from swathi nandis blog

like ur style

and as for the latest artcile where by ur renouncing the net

hope it works out :)
u can give some tips to addicts like us

May 31, 2006 7:18 AM  

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