Pardon me while I burst

The Only Living Boy In Napoleon


Well here I am. Having some tea in my little studio apartment. I was in a one-bedroom apartment for the first couple of days after coming to this town. There was no furniture in there, but I was catching my neighbor's wireless interenet connection, which was enough reason for me to stay in that one room the whole time. But this studio apartment is furnished and small enough for someone like me. I didn't have Internet for most of the first week, which once again reminded me what an integral role it plays in my life. I got a new phone last weekend but turns out that it's been imported from Singapore and doesn't work everywhere here. So I lost signal as soon as I left Columbus. Funny, as soon as I got Internet I lost my phone connection. So once again I've been kinda disconnected from everyone this week. But I've been using Skype to talk to people which has been working great. So if any of you get a call from a number that looks like "000 123 4567" or something like that, answer the call cause it's me calling!

Work is alrite. It took me a few days to get used to an 8-hour shift. The first week was kinda difficult for me because I didn't know my way around the soup plant and I didn't have any work to do, so it was really hard to spend 8 whole hours at work. Most of the time, I followed the other engineers around, trying to understand what the hell they were doing at the plant. But things have been picking up slowly and my work load is increasing so I've been actually looking forward to going to work. The people in my department are very friendly and they treat me as if I've been working there for a long time. I start my day in the cafeteria where we all sit and have coffee. We sit with this guy named Larry who works in maintenance. He has one of the funniest hick accents I've ever heard. He's a Bob Evan's lover, so we being our day by listening to his adventurous Bob Evan's stories. We also sit with him during our lunch break, where his stories continue. Everyday I look foward to having coffee breaks and lunch break because the people that I work with act like complete teenagers. I feel like I'm in high school again. Their language becomes a lot more casual and they all talk just like a bunch of young students. I don't even feel like I'm sitting with a bunch of married men, some of whom have been working there for over 2o years! So it's nice to see that people don't act that much differently even after being so old compared to me.

I thought I would get bored very easily in this sad little town, but so far it hasn't been so bad. I come back from work at 4:30ish. I immediately turn on my computer (are you surprised?) Usually I make myself some tea so I can relax a little bit. I try to to watch one movie everyday. This is the perfect time for me to watch all those movies that have been sitting in my HD for so long. Other than that, I go play basketball, read, play my guitar, or just call people. You wouldn't believe it but I go to bed by 10 every night! Still I'm usually tired at work, at least during the first half of my day. More proof that I need more than 8 hours of sleep

As far as entertainment goes, there is ABSOLUTELY nothing to do in this town. Even the people that live here go half an hour away to go shopping or see a movie. After living here for two weeks, I've gained so much appreciation for Columbus and Dublin. People say that there's nothing to do in Columbus, but they haven't seen Napoleon yet! There's so many things to do in Columbus, you just have to go out there and explore! I can't wait to go back to school in September. I'm going to make sure that my senior year will be my best in every way!

Well that's all I have for now. Will update later as I run out of ways to pass my time and start feeling lonely living out here all by myself. If anyone is in the area or driving by, I would love it if you dropped by to say hello. Check back for my review of Superman Returns. Yes I've seen it already and will be seeing it again this weekend. But will talk about it in my next post...

Bees Saal Baad


Yes the rumors are true. The kid that was never supposed to grow up has turned 20. Ugh...I hate the sound of that. Something about that number that just makes me feel so...old. It's so weird to tell people that I'm 20 now. I never thought that day would come. For some reason I always thought that time moves on for others and not me. Suddenly I turn 20 one day and realize that I have a lot to figure out about myself than I thought. Is it just me or does it feel this crappy to turn 20 for everyone?

Just like the last two years, my birthday celebration this year was a lot of fun. Of course I was surprised by everyone at midnight. Now I must say that I was quite impressed even this time around. The tradition of birthday surprises was becoming kinda routine, and I really wasn't expecting anything extra-oridnary to happen on my birthday. But I'm lucky to have friends who were able to keep things interesting even this year. Here are some pictures from that night...

This delicious cake was made by Mike & Namrata, who meticulously designed it with Superman-themed cereal.

I was so close to avoiding this catastrophe. Oh well, I tried.

Everyone waiting for me to cut the cake.

The pie was dripping down my back, thanks to Mr. Schumacher.

Everybody say "awwww!"

Even Deepa was sad that I turned 20.


That's confetti in my hair btw...

"Rohit was there!"

You know we had to drink some alcohol!

20 and still lookin' good!

I hate how my birthday comes during finals week every year. Not that it stops me from celebrating or anything. I had lunch with my parents at Udipi, and later that evening, Ashwin and his friend Chris had stopped over on the way back from their road trip. We wanted to go somewhere new for dinner, so we decided to try Happy Greek down at the Gateway. We thought it was a fast food joint at first so we just walked in to get something real quick but realized that we had to sit down at a table and order food. The ambience was very relaxing, with a live band playing Greek music in one corner. There were people smoking hookas at the tables outside. There was even a bellydancer that night, and of course I danced with her. It was her first night and she did a really good job. She was even kind enough to give me her autograph. You can see it in these pictures...

And then Ashwin and Adip decided to make out in the parking lot.

After all that we were all tired and wanted to go home. I also had to study for two exams on the following Monday. Finals week was over, and I somehow managed to get a C in my writing class, where even my non English-speaking friends got an A. But I did decent in my other classes so it's all good.

A lot has happened in the last two weeks. Some of us have disunited temporarily while some permanently. Some hearts were broken while some were made. Some people have gotten jobs while others will still be in school. I happen to be one of those who got a job.

THAT'S RIGHT! I GOT A JOB!!! I'M RICH BITCH!! Well, not yet. But I hope to be by the end of this summer. I'll be an Electrical Engineering Intern at Campbell Soup Company. I got the call in the last week of school. It was quite a pleasant surprise. The best part about it is that I got it all on my own. No sifarish needed, and for once I'm proud of myself! I'll be moving to a little town called Napoleon, where half the people in the town work at Campbell. I visited the place yesterday and have a lot to say about it. But I'll leave that for another post. For now, I'll continue to mentally prepare myself for the imminent change of lifestyle that I will go through. Those of you who have told me to grow up, your wish might just come true after this summer! But until then, i'll be 18, err... 20 till I die!!

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