Saturday, April 19, 2008

Oh, How I Have Ignored Thee

Its been a while. And I have a lot to blog, but nothing in particular. So this post might be random. It might make you say "Huh?" by the end of it (What? You say you already do for all my posts?)

Firstly, I survived a West Michigan winter. What it means is best explained by the photo below. Thats an icicle coming down all the way from my balcony. Mid-Jan to mid-Feb was insane in terms of snow. Now I know why people warned me against coming to Michigan.

Life can be funny. At least when it comes to financial aid and airlines. When you come to the USA for your masters, you are this poor Indian wannabe Grad, running to every professor in an attempt to land the much in-demand TA/RA/GA positions and you are turned down from everywhere. So you eventually graduate with a huge debt. Now when you pursue a part time degree, sponsored by your company, the professor asks if you would like to help in research!

The same goes with airlines. When you travel economy, you get a middle seat in the row with two fat 300 lbs men in the seats next to yours. By the time the flight lands, you feel like the patty in a burger. Only the buns are made of rock! I sure could do with a vacant seat next to mine when I fly economy. But fly first class and I would like a fellow-passenger in the adjacent seat. Oh, for all you know, it might be Adriana Lima flying for a photo-op, or Doug Sharon, who I would like to piss off with ethics of carrying client material to Morgan Stanley (ok, not really - I'll stick to Adriana), or simply a 300 lbs man, coz there is enough space!! You get the point. But nah, fly first class and you get an empty seat next to yours. Just when you dont need it.

Such is life!

I had a quick day trip to Chicago and the city always surprises me with its architecture. They build skyscrapers not coz they have to build skyscrapers. They build em coz they love building em! Each building has its uniqueness. And is an architectural delight. Thats where Chicago stands out from NYC. However, you dont find people on every street and corner of downtown Chicago, and thats where NYC scores over Chicago. Perhaps the only city whose downtown is buzzing 24X7 is NYC.

If you ever visit a company, or a school, or some particular program, many a time you get a name tag. Some people clip it onto their shirt pocket. Some over their belts. For men, I highly recommend the shirt pocket. For some weird reason, most desis will not come forward and introduce themselves and shake your hand and wait for you to introduce yourself. They walk to you, look at your name tag, and those who suffer from vision issues get really close to you and then go, "Oh, Apoorva. I am Sunita." Now imagine if you have the name tag on your belt. Every time a desi approaches you, either you feel like your fly is open, or the desi wants some!

For women, the tag position gets a little tricky. But I wont get into that here.

Have you ever been to Qdoba? They have something known as a "Naked Burrito" (all you Chipotle fanatics, its the equivalent of a Burrito Bol). Its a burrito without the tortilla, served in a bowl. Each time I am at Qdoba, I place my order in one of the following two ways:
"Its going to be a chicken burrito. Could I have it naked?"
"Its going to be a chicken burrito. Could you make it naked?"

I started off with the former, however after I realized what I am saying, I have shifted to the later. In fact Qdoba has a really neat shirt - all black with "Get Naked" written on the back. I think they could start a new campaign which goes "Qdoba - We make out Burritos naked". If you do not see a sharp rise in the quarterly earnings, I'll actually go have a Burrito naked!

OK, I'll stop before people actually start imagining moi naked and killing themselves.

And that is how it looks when the snow melts and the sun is out.

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Blogger Still Searching said...

You mean you survived the winter, but you left your sanity behind?!

Yes yes, try and convince people that there's any other place better than NYC! :P

And there's a typo in your tag line, which I'm hoping was not intentional! lol! Anyways, tortilla, quesadilla, burrito, dorrito.. all the same...

And whats missing in the pond is ducks :)

April 19, 2008 9:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Long time....missed ur posts!

April 22, 2008 10:45 AM  
Blogger KJ said...


welcome back from the hibernation....


April 23, 2008 5:41 AM  
Blogger kAy said...

your lil snippet of what life is like for a desi post grad student freaks me out. im in the process of applying for post grad...


April 27, 2008 11:43 AM  
Blogger APOO said...

#Searching: Sanity? What sanity? :P
Oh, and what typo?

#Illusion: Yeah, me too :P

#KJ: Thank you. And now I go back into hibernation.

#Kay: Its not that bad. Else half of the Asian world wouldnt be coming here. I have a tendency to over-exaggerate. I encourage you to apply. U'll do well.

April 27, 2008 12:54 PM  
Blogger Solitaire said...

R u from WSU? I am from Michigan and no matter what people say, its home for me!!

May 01, 2008 8:22 PM  
Blogger APOO said...

#Solitaire: Nope. Not from WSU (I assume u meant Wright), tho have some friends who graduated from there.

I do not like your home during the winters!!! :(

May 01, 2008 9:03 PM  
Anonymous Brad said...

Up until the end of the post, I was imagining a hot server (female) to be naked, and you had to go and spoil it! Grrr...

(Thanks for the explanation about 'naked burrito' - A true Chipotle fan)

May 06, 2008 9:24 AM  
Blogger Megha said...

Hmmm I should try the naked burrito. I think I would probably say something like, " I'll have a shredded pork burrito and I'd like it naked" teeheehee.
I guess it would just be safer to say, "I'd like a naked chicken burrito" So that way they don't start taking the tortilla's out before you say the second sentence, coz they know you're "goin' naked"

May 09, 2008 1:34 PM  

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