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October 6, 2009 1:44 am

is it Monday tomorrow?

Filed under: Children,Fun,Parenting,Travel — ramsblog @ 1:44 am
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several weeks ago, my wife had to travel and she announced it to our 4yr old daughter on Friday in view of preparing her. Travel was scheduled to Monday and return on Friday (about 4 days). our daughter was encouraging enough and took it sportive. She understood that she would have to stay with me and no mommy at home.

Funny thing was she is learning about week days, although she knows the days, the sequence is still a bit confusing to her. We were on our dining table over lunch and the conversation goes:

L: V- I am going out of town on Monday and you would have to stay with daddy
V: she was already prepped the previous day, and she was ok. and said “ok”
and the conversation went around about her plans for school, play around etc. without knowing the sequence, She asked what day is today?
I: i said, “Saturday”
V: when would it be Monday? is tomorrow Monday?
L: yey! 2 more days, do you want to send me off today itself?
V: oh! tomorrow is Sunday and then Monday?
L: yes
V: Why is it not Monday tomorrow? why is it not today?
L: because it is Saturday
V: no! i want it to be Monday toDDDay…
My wife was like, both daddy and daughter are READY to send me off and have fun. :)
I: LOL!!!!

it took a while to explain her and all the while she was still being prep’d for come Monday :)

Anyways, it is sometimes hard to answer kids and deal with kids. They can be very understanding at a moment and very aggressive the other moment.

February 28, 2009 11:31 pm

Flying? better keep some cash handy…

Filed under: Did you Know,Economy,Travel — ramsblog @ 11:31 pm

…. yes, there were times I have boarded domestic planes without having any cash in my pocket. When my wife told me about this news, I laughed saying it could just be a humor with the economic situation we are currently in. However, I noticed this post on Wired magazine today, that an airline indeed is planning to charge passengers for using the restrooms onboard. Given the conditions, I would probably not get surprised if airlines say, they would charge some money if you take a carry-on bag on board like they way some airles charge for Check-in bags now. I know the snacks, drinks, water are sold on-board, but it is interesting to see that creative idea of having a Pay-restroom on-board.

I wonder if that is also timed like pay phones – a dollar for 3 minutes and 50cents every minute then on. Of if it were to be pre-pay for “n” minutes, make sure to get out within that time, else no water, paper towel, hand soap dispensed!

Not sure where the economy leads us to, or I should probably say another way, we aren’t sure where we take the current economy towards…

Necessity Influences Creativity!

November 19, 2008 10:15 pm

How many software engineers does it take?

Filed under: Attitude,Fun,Personal Development,Travel — ramsblog @ 10:15 pm

Well, we have often heard about these phrases, correct? Apparently, it so happened 2 days ago. Two families (us and our friends) are taking few days away next month. We know the dates and other logistics are in process.  We have started with the hotel room. A friends’ wife and my wife have figured out the amenities to look for in the hotel room (kitchen, refrigerator, microwave) and in the meantime they had also shortlisted the hotels near the area we are traveling to and had identified that there very few such rooms available at the shortlist hotels.

Now, it is for me and a friend to confirm on that hotel and book the rooms. We get on the phone and start talking about the hotel name, location, and if the shortlisted hotels anywhere closer to the vicinity, the sight seeing places around the hotel, parks, museums, etc etc…

well, what we did with our phone conversation for over 20 to 30minutes was to digress ourselves, open maps software, look for areas, on and on and on…

We then come back to the already shortlisted hotels (not finding other hotels) and use the same web browser session that was already open, and waiting for ready to place a reservation. Now, I proceed further providing the names, credit card numbers, scrutinizing the payment methods, cancellation policy,  etc.. Web site allowed me to enter my data and proceed. Now it errors out “we are unable to process your order……”

We wear our analytical heads and find all the faults on that web page, viz., “oh! website says pick the credit card type, but there is nothing listed in the drop down”, “why is this site not intuitive enough” blah blah blah.. when the browser session was expired and obviously I was kicked out. Well, we both try another instance, search for the same hotel room, now it says “no rooms available for your given dates, …….”

We called the hotel to enquire some information, and citing that we noticed the availability but it doesn’t show up there and rant about it…

Anyways, coming back to original steps, logged in again to the website, and we were able to place a reservation at the same hotel.

 

It is interesting that most times, we tend to use our analytical brains (at times when not required) and spend all the energy and realize we didn’t have to use our analysis paralysis but just have some common sense. I know common sense is not common and hence the extra-ordinary people are such because they are a little extra than ordinary people! *wink*

September 25, 2008 5:51 pm

Fried rice with No Nothing… !!

Filed under: community,Customer Service,Food,Travel — ramsblog @ 5:51 pm

Vijay‘s Twitter message about Fried Rice with No Meat reminds me of an instance at the Thai restaurant. I was at the Thai restaurant for Lunch on an office event. Looking at the menu, I somehow managed to find something I could eat, but with some modifications. I requested the waiter, “Could you please get me Fried Rice with No Meat, No Fish, No oyster sauce, No Eggs, No Mushroom, No cauliflower, No steamed vegetables, No Salt, No Ketchup, No Oil&Vinegar”?

He nodded his head as though he understood what I said and wrote down in whatever code language the staff could understand. Anyways, when I received the meal, it still a warm vegetables (looks like steam cooked), with salty taste and something I was not supposed to eat and couldn’t eat.

Ended up fully paid for the dish and picked some vegetables which tasted no salt in it. :)

This was a Thai restaurant in the US, It makes me wonder how Vijay manages when he is in China.

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September 10, 2008 9:52 pm

Metro Transit experience today …

Filed under: Customer Service,Miscellaneous,Travel — ramsblog @ 9:52 pm

I don’t know if there was something wrong with this bus route or if it was my luck today :)

I started off for a bus at 4:35pm and was a few minutes early around the bus stop, however, when I was at cross roads and about 50ft away from the bus stop, it just flew away. I decided to walk down to my 3yr old’s school which is approximately about 4miles away. It was a good walk, though it was tiring since I haven’t done this in a long time now. It took me around 45 mins to get there, I rather hurried up so that I could pick her up and get back to the bus stop for the next bus timed around 5:39 a block away from her school.

Reached her school at 5:21pm and it took about 5 minutes get her out. She was also excited to go in bus for the first time. we walked down to the bus stop within about 6 minutes and waited for the bus. Although it arrived a couple of minutes late, he didn’t stop the bus. My daughter was disappointed for a moment that he didn’t stop but not realizing much, she just stayed with me. Now, with no choice, we walked back for another mile or so for another bus or perhaps walk down towards home for other 3 miles or my wife would meet us somewhere on the way if she noticed us on the way. Anyways, we got onto another bus after walking for a mile from her school and reached home.

I don’t know if it was me or the bus, and it was not a good experience with the bus today – well, I think things happen for good at times (a) I got to walk for 4+ miles today :) (b) noticed my 3yr old’s attitude – she remained calm and enjoyed a walk with me, I guess.

July 11, 2008 9:25 pm

Last week’s road trip… Portland, OR

Filed under: Food,Fun,Travel — ramsblog @ 9:25 pm

 

We had a blast over the last week end. We had planned for a 2 day trip and turned out to be 3 complete days. Our drive to Portland, what used to take 3 hours has turned out to be about 9 hours. We pulled over for a breakfast/brunch at the Olympia Capital building – (Thank you for taking us there, Rajesh) – I had never been to that place before though lived around here for several years now. The structure was beautiful and I haven’t seen such a beautiful structure before.

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A statue of George Washington was amazing.

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i noticed this note etched on the floor at the entrance.

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We spent about 4 hours in and around the Captial building. We then moved towards Portland. We took another break for a lunch – though there was sprinkles and a bit of rain, we enjoyed the lunch by the river side. Food was so yummyyy! I don’t remember the name of the river at least the name of the park was “Paradise point”. Oh! did I say food was so yummyyy! Enjoyed the pongal, chapathis, upma, curd rice, etc etc…

We finally reached portland in the evening, but now being getting busy to find the hotels nearby and stil be able to make it to Rose Test Garden on time and make schedule to watch fireworks that night. Worked out pretty well…

Few pictures from the Rose Test Garden here…

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Day 2:

Day 2 was a fun filled day starting with home made breakfast and then towards the scenic drive on Columbia Gorge. I found this link now and wish we had it before to plan accordingly. however, we covered till Stop#9 on this link and we returned back to the hotel in Portland. A few pictures from this drive…

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a top view from the mid level of Multnomah falls

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Day 3:

Day 3 was somewhat interesting driving through the forests between Portland and Cannon beach on the western coast.[1][2]. Oh I also made other get worried or frustrated not having enough gas in my car when we headed back from the Canon Beach :)   We managed to find one in Seaside city which is about 8 miles from the Canon.

All in all, it was a great trip. :)

 

June 27, 2008 6:10 pm

Aviation pilots failing alcohol tests…

Filed under: Miscellaneous,Travel — ramsblog @ 6:10 pm

this article says it all…

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25370855/

now that’s scary to have our lives in the hands of pilots flying onboard :)

June 11, 2008 12:11 am

Deception Falls, Leavenworth,…

Filed under: Personal,Tourism,Travel — ramsblog @ 12:11 am

Well, the weather forecast sites have been unpredictable these days. few weeks ago, we had thought of going over to the Crater Lake which is about 10 hours drive from home. Looking at the weather forecast related sites like weather.com, northwest weather, weather.live.com, weather.yahoo.com, etc etc, we canceled that trip and decided to go over to the local places. So headed to a zoo in Tacoma. However, the temperature was at high 70’s with beautiful sun light throughout the day. The Zoo and Aquarium was really nice and I liked the peacocks the most.

We went to the Crystal Mountains the following day, and though the weather was rainy off and on, it was great where we stopped over for lunch and again on top of the hill where we played in snow for some time. We enjoyed the weather and the fabulous scenic drive on rte 169 and rte 410.

the other weekend was also another wet day according to the forecast, we still decided to drive to the Leavenworth, and the temperature forecasted was at 60’s with cloudy or rain showers. Although it was cloudy when we started in the morning, it got better off and on for initial 40 to 50 miles and then it was sunny in the midst of those forests. We stopped at  Deception Falls [http://www.waterfallsnorthwest.com/waterfall.php?num=196&p=0], the place I had enjoyed even several years ago. Temperature was at 30’s back then, but it was a lot better this time at 50’s or so.

 

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It was sure lot of water there and the view itself was gorgeous. Further looking up for resources on Deception Falls, it appears like the water might get as huge as to flood over the little bridge that appears on picture one above like the one below

(image source: http://www.wta.org/~wta/documents/deception_bridge_side.jpg)

 

Although we thought of taking a lunch break near Deception Falls, we decided to further to Leavenworth and have lunch over there. As we proceeded towards the Stevens Pass, the drive got much better with fantastic views of snow clad mountains all around.

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Further along the way was the time to take a lunch break, it was around 2:30pm and we were also enjoying the view of a river alongside the driving. It was a wenatchee river flowing down towards skykomish. We just stopped to take see the river and noticed the campground and picnic tables around. So it was a sunny afternoon with temparature at 60’s, found a table with a bit of sunshine so to avoid a bit of chill, and had our lunch by the river. After a leisurely lunch till about 3:30, we went down to the water and yes, it was very cold. Water temparature might have been at 30s or 40s.

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We finally reached Leavenworth around 5’ish, went around for a couple of hours. Leavenworth is a beautiful place with the structures like from Germany. A little village with nice people and lot of visitors all through the year. See here on wikipedia for more information about this place [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leavenworth%2C_Wa]. 

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  It was still sunny and left from there later that evening for another pleasant drive from the other direction.

 

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May 29, 2008 6:33 pm

Share ride for commuting…

Filed under: community,Traffic,Travel — ramsblog @ 6:33 pm

Although my wife and I have been carpooling for quite few months now, I didn’t realize the impact we were making to the community, until I saw these numbers lately after recording my commuting status for the past 4 weeks.

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I noticed Veena‘s post today asking if it is really worth driving big SUVs alone instead of ridesharing, and other options. Looking at these numbers for elements like carbon-monoxide, Nitrogen Oxide, etc.., Certainly! – helps community and the environment, bring down the pollution a bit. We can do the best we can.

Go Green…

May 28, 2008 11:45 pm

Shuttle from new Airport in Bangalore…

Filed under: Customer Service,Travel — ramsblog @ 11:45 pm

Thejesh twittered about a shuttle service from Bangalore international Airport – http://www.airliftonline.com/ – that’s cool of having WiFi for the longer commute that’s going to be between devanahalli and any other remote place in Bangalore city. I believe, I am going to have to ride about 2 hours or more between the airport and south of bangalore when I arrive there… :) It took me about 55 minutes to get to the HAL airport a month ago. Anyways, free wifi for the amount it stated on the website, I don’t know if it is for real. Any one tried yet?

-Ram

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