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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Need some snow

    I would really like the weekends if it really snowed here. I can sleep in late without feeling guilty about it. As the day progresses, I can then just bum around the house in my regular house clothes. This way you can find me surfing the net for a longer duration of time since I will stuck in the house. When I get bored with it, I might either flip thru some reading material, watch some TV. Or listen to music. Some when I feel like not doing any of the usual above stuff, I might sit on the porch either sipping coffee/tea or eating something hot while watching others slog through the neck deep snow. I might just love to sit outside and watch it snow and snow, which might really refreshes me who knows…Loll. It gives me time to unwind and relax. You know, the best part is that commercial vehicles are not allowed on these inner roads so we do not get much traffic here as it is. So it's pretty much quiet here and one can get away from the daily city grind without going off to some remote corner of the planet. If it actually snows…life will actually come to a total stand still in our area.
    It has been such a long time since I had actually run into any snow and all the hassles that go with it, so I actually miss it. Loll....Don't you just love the midnight shoveling of your drive so that you can get into your own house. Or maybe trying to get the car out of the ditch which it has slid into. Haa haa.... Read more...

      Monday, December 29, 2008

      Taking a look at the year gone by

        It's almost the end of the year and this year has flown by really fast. Looking back I have noticed that many things have happened during the course of the year. Some planned and expected and some were a totally unexpected and took us by total supervise. I have suddenly seemed to realize that so many years have flown by and yet so many more to go before the journey finally comes to an end.

        The financial mess the world is currently in has been going on for a couple of years but the intensity has surprised most of us who weren't really prepared for such a vicious downturn. There seems to be no bottom to this endless financial slide we are experiencing. I was a few of the lucky ones I guess who had shifted most of my money out of the stock market and mutual funds shortly after this mess started and invested this money in bank fixed deposits. I guess I have been successful so far in keeping to my schedule of squirreling away money every so often so that I can purchase a new car sometime next year and successfully keeping my financial goals. The other major planned item which I consider successfully completed I guess is my Gall Bladder operation. No more worries or tension due to it now.
        One thing which I have noticed especially during this year is the rise of intolerance amongst people against others due various factors. This is really one of the most disturbing factors which will cause more and more friction between people and societies and injustices done to the lesser fortunate people amongst us. Sure, the government might pass certain laws to equalize the balance between the have and the have not but the actual change will never really occur until society itself goes through a change.

        Second item which really pissed me off this year were politicians and the people in power never seem to learn from the past it seems. They just seem to take everything for granted especially the people who have voted for them. Time and time again, it has been shown that most of them really do not really do not care for us. The drive and leadership qualities are lacking in most polictians. Our country seems to be in a total mess it comes to crisis management. The top leaders usually just shuffle people around, while others squabble with each other about whom to blame. Strong decisive action is rarely taken and when it is called off mid way due to international pressure. I guess what is in need in these tough troubled times are strong willed determined people to lead our country. Not the selfish pain in the neck variety that look only after their own selfish interest and do something when someone lines their pocket with tons of doe.
        When I was growing up, it seemed like I had a carefree life. No worries, tension or stress. There was hardly any pressure on anyone and people were more or less friendly towards each other. Times change and people change. Now a days it seems like no one has time for other people and no one wants to exit this rats race even though it seems to be causing so much stress, tension and all types of health and family problems. The most seriously affected is the family unit. Within the family unit, it is the kids which are the most severely affected. The kids start straying from the family, moral and religious values and parents don’t relies it until it too late. The right value system should be ingrained into the child at a young age and constantly reinforced while growing up. Even adults need positive reinforcement so that they are not tempted to stray from the right path especially in high stress troubled times.
        I guess this post has gotten a bit lengthy and I guess what I would like to say is that a lot has happened during the last 12 months. Some good and some bad. But life is a constant learning experience and I guess I have learned a lot. I guess we can only change ourselves once we open ourselves and accept our shortcomings and try to modify our behavior so that we can become better people. Overall, it has been a good year and I hope the future is better and comes with less hassles. Life has provided me with many opportunities and I have learned a lot from them. I just hope others do the same. Read more...

          Sunday, December 28, 2008

          Taking a look out of the window

            I woke up this morning and looked out the window. Rubbed my eyes once and then rubbed them twice. Nothing much could be seen as the whole city was completely covered in a thick layer of fog. All I can see are a few people either walking or zipping past all bundled up in woolen clothing. The winter chill had set in sometime back and it seems like the dense fog will become a regular feature now. That is until the warm summer winds sweep into the state once more and cook us like lobsters in tub of water. For the last two days or so, we have had really dense fog which is leading to low visibility. Road, air and rail traffic has been the most severely affected leading to delay of many hours in some cases. This fog usually dissipates sometime in the afternoon and we are able to get a few precious hours of sunshine. As soon as the cold dry continental westerly sweeps our state, the weather will become bitterly cold. Luckily here in Lucknow we do not get any snow during winters. Sometimes we get winter rain. That’s about it.
            I really like the winters here compared to the weather I had to live with when I was living in the Cleveland area. I never really got used to it. The cold bitter winds used to sweep down into the city from Lake Erie and used to freeze our butts off. Then it used to return a little while back and dump tons of snow upon the city. I distinctly remember clearing out the walk way and driveway and to my utter astonishment, used to see the same amount of snow back there shortly thereafter. It was just horrible in a sense that it was a never ending battle in which we always seemed to be at the losing end. The city did a good job on the roads I remember. The snow plow came by on a regular, swept and salted the streets. I guess the facilities in Solon were one of the better managed ones compared to some other sections of our state.
            There are not many so called ‘good’ months here in our state. Our state is also known as the dust bowl of India. We also have extreme weather here ranging from cold to blistering hot weather. But, I guess I would not really trade it in for something else since there is such a wide variety of weather pattern that one never gets bored. Read more...