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May. 4th, 2012

Dawn

I saw the Avengers

I think this is the first time I've watched a movie in the movie theater by myself. It wasn't so bad.

I did it sort of on a lark - I was in Harvard Square, it was drizzling, I had to go to the bathroom, the movie started in 25 minutes.

It was good. Solid, but not awesome. Nothing really surprising, or amazing, but very well done.

Dec. 11th, 2011

Dawn

Car broken into. :(

They took my GPS, which was 3 years old, and smashed the driver's door's window.

Oh well. At least it's not raining.

May. 18th, 2011

Dawn

Yeah! Access to e-mail!

All it took was having my father log in with my desktop (which is in their house) and talking on the phone with him while I tried logging on. (And my father being home from work, and me being in the internet place at the right time, and having access to a cell phone that my father could call, etc.)

May. 16th, 2011

Dawn

Still no e-mail

But I'm on the net for the next half-hour or so.

I think I'll get back on e-mail tomorrow. (Is it e-mail or email? I have always written it as e-mail, but people are starting to write email.)

Anyway, I'm in India. It's okay, except it's incredibly hot, I don't speak the language, I'm seeing people for the first time in 19 years, and I've been bitten so much that every part of my body itches. Plus, I'm sick. (I've had a constant stomachache for the last 4 days. I'm pretty sure it's the water/food, even though the food is what I'm used to.)

It doesn't dip below 30°C at night, and it's getting above 40°C during the day. (You can translate that yourselves.) It's really hot.

Getting on the internet is a production. I have to go to an internet center, and, some one has to bring me there. Which requires the help of someone to bring me. Which means they have to have the time, and inclination. Plus, they don't seem to think that the internet is that important/necessary (which may or may not be true), so they don't really think I need to go. And I don't want to be rude. I've finally started saying I need to talk to people about my job, but now I'm having problems with my e-mail.

Where ever I go, lots of people want to come visit. (I've really only been in two places - my uncle's house in Chennai, and another uncle's house in Proddatur.) So, we wait around for them to visit. Since they don't have any real schedule (it's summer break for schools, and a lot of work places aren't really working) they don't really come when they say they will come. So, I can't just go to the internet center when I have time.

Lots of other things to say, but I'm only on the net for a few minutes this time.

Let's see. India is very noisy - honking your horn is standard practice whenever you are doing anything on your bicycle, scooter, motorcycle, autorickshaw, car, truck, whatever. The roads are insane. If there is a open spot that you can navigate through, you do so. If it's on the wrong side of the road, or there is a car coming, or it's a red light, it doesn't matter. Just honk, and keep going.

India is very dirty. But I knew that.

India is very hot. Sorry, but I have to repeat that.

But my relatives are being nice to me, and I understand a lot more Telugu than I thought I did. I pretty much understand everything, I just can't speak anything. So I speak in English, and the younger people translate for the older ones. It's not very helpful.

Everyone thinks I look like my father, which I don't. I think they realize that I don't look like my mother (who is here with me), so they assume I must look like my father, who is still in the US.

I have a lot of mosquito bites.

Ok. I'm going to try to do some other things before my 1/2 hour is up.

(Yes, I do have a job at Northeastern, but I really need to get back onto my e-mail so I can verify stuff. This is a problem.)

May. 15th, 2011

Dawn

Once again, I'm an idiot.

This is the first time I've gotten on the internet since I've come to India. BUT, I can't access my e-mail.

Because I'm using 2-step verification with gmail, and I don't have my phone here. So, I can't get the verification code. So, I'm an idiot.

I'm trying to get it via my father, but we'll see. This is a slight problem, since I can't talk to Northeastern, and I'm pretty sure I have to get stuff done.

Yikes.

Apr. 17th, 2011

Dawn

Opinion request

I have an interview with Northeastern on the 22nd.

Should I wear a white shirt, or a mustard colored shirt? I have ties for each.

(The NE colors are Red and Black, but I don't really want to wear a red shirt.)

EDIT: I have a darkish grey pinstripe suit.

Mar. 17th, 2011

Dawn

Addis Red Sea (Porter Square)

I had dinner there tonight with my parents. I don't think I'll ever go back to that restaurant.

Yelp review

Feb. 1st, 2011

Dawn

Yes, I'm a geek

I have a few numbers memorized. My parents phone number. My social security number.

Included in that list is my Minuteman Library card number. I haven't looked at it for at least 5 years, and I just typed it in from memory.

Sep. 14th, 2010

Dawn

Made it to NJ

Tired. Had a great evening with Larry and Susan yesterday, but I'll say more later.

Sep. 10th, 2010

Dawn

Sept. 10th

I saw the St. Louis Gateway arch today. It was pretty foggy, so I decided not to go up, since the top of the arch was in the clouds. The museum underneath (about the westward expansion of the US) was interesting. They tried to be fair to the native Americans, but since the US wasn't really fair to them, it was not easy.

The area around the arch is pretty ugly. The waterfront is not very nice, and you can see an industrial plant right across the river. They are planning to redo the entire area, but it hasn't started yet. The current plan is to finish in 2015, but I doubt that will really happen. I think I'd like to go back when they are done with the renovation.

Then I drove to my sister's house in Indianapolis. I played three chess games with my nephew. (Lost the first one, won the other two.) (He's on the chess team at school, so he's actually pretty good, and I haven't played chess for a while.)

I'll be spending the weekend at my sister's and then driving again on Monday. Anything interesting between Indiana and New Jersey?

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