April, 2005 (Before Rushmore Trip)
April, 2005 (Before Rushmore Trip)
Three day training on Reliability was fun. It was in a hotel and for lunch, I had to considerably edit the lunch menu to convert a chicken sandwich but without chicken, fish or any meat. :-) For dinner one evening, we went to PF Changs. I wanted to try martini, but I had no clue which flavor to try, so I asked the waiter. He in, Hum Dil de chucke sanam scene (In Italy) started admiring so much some specific flavor, so I just picked that. But I did not really like it, because of the cream and coffee flavor added to it. The food in PF Changs was good.
Whenever I needed a break, I would stop at Sai Mart to chat with Nagendra, and he as always had interesting stories to say from his previous adventures. I would listen to his experiences so attentively and with enthusiasm.
One of the days, a colleague, Paul and I went to meet a supplier at Boulder, Colorado. We left as early as 5:45 AM and had Garden omelet, hash browns and orange juice for breakfast at a truck stop near Denver. It was a 2 hour drive from home. I was pretty impressed by the facility they had, for Metal injection molding, almost automated with very few people seen in the work area. It was pretty neat.
Next we went to another supplier nearby and had lunch with them. There were discussions on outsourcing to Bangalore and layoff’s in Detroit; also Japanese cars taking over US market. I took it as a information rather than being uncomfortable. :-)
Paul is very interested about India. He loves Indian food and even prepares them. We usually discuss about the cultural differences. I explained to him some of our supercritical beliefs and possible scientific explanations to them. N, Seb and I went to 135 Exit. It was a cultural shock but was fun.
On 10th of April, it was called alert for a blizzard. We had off from work obviously and Peggy called us specifically not to go out on that day. J and I bothered the least of all this and took it lightly. We thought Americans are too scared always and we must be fine. But when I got up that morning and opened the window, I saw a mountain of snow covering it. The entire locality was white and one could see no other colour. It was one of the most beautiful sights.
View from my bedroom window
Well as if this wasn’t enough, we realized that we were running short of groceries. So we had to make a quick trip to Albertsons for some basic stuff. J and I took out on bed of snow. Everything went fine; we reached the shop, bought stuff and got back, as we were taking the turn to approach the main road the tires got stuck in the heap of snow and just kept spinning. J tried pushing, but it didn’t help. Luckily a guy stopped to help us out. We got on to the main road and slowly made our way back to the apartment. At the point where we had to turn to get into the apartments, we got stuck again. Few people stopped to help but nothing worked, finally a guy came and towed the car. We thanked him, returned home and swore never to take such warnings lightly ever. :-)
Next day, the snow cleared by 12:30, so we were driving to office and saw a guy struggling to get his car out of the parking lot. Like three musketeers, we parked our car and walked towards him to offer a hand. After struggling for few minutes, we simply had to get back embarrassed unable to move it by even an inch.
On 15th, Seb and I went to Denver in the evening. I had to g o to a temple for Ugadi. It was a north Indian temple, I did not like the atmosphere much but it was something, in this far away land. We then drove to Airport. Another colleague S arrived; one of his bags got missed out and was to arrive to our home only next day. We had dinner at Woodlands hotel in Denver and returned.
I now had company during walks. S loved to walk too, so I was happy. One evening the colours were vibrant and the pikes peak looked brilliant from the cotton wood creek park, right opposite our apartments. I just love Pikes peak more and more.
Cotton Wood Creek Park....Pikes peak on the backdrop.
We had a team lunch at an Italian restaurant called Biaggi’s and I disliked the food I had. It was hardly eatable for me. I think it was some type of eggplant lasagna or something.
Rest of the weekends, I was all excited in planning our next big trip – Mt Rushmore.