Thursday, May 24, 2007

Memorial Day Memories..

I wanted to make this Memorial Day week end the most memorial one.

Last year Memorial day was really adventurous and exciting. It was the first long drive for me..believe was really a LONG one..We started from San Antonio headed to Atlanta. We stayed there for a day and half, visited the Coke factory, Mahesh's friend and had the ultimate Madras Saravana Bhavan. I really enjoyed the road drive, for the first time I travelled for 1000 miles on road which took around 17 hours to reach Atlanta.

Initially it was little scary because that was the first drive for Sriram too, he was an amateur with just 15 days license history but he managed well and drove for nearly 450 miles. Were you guessing what I am doing, simply sitting in the navigator seat for the time? Nice place though.
After Atlanta we drove to Memphis through Nashville.

I have heard about Nashville because of our AG account. It was really awesome place with plenty of trees and it was really green but nothing comes near Arkansas. We visited the Vinayaga Temple in Nashville. Luckily we happen to see an Indian marriage with the same flavour and gala celebrations as it would be in India. The Dandia and Groom parade on car was really funny. The whole town was awaken.

We reached Nithyanand's house, Pannir Friend in Memphis. I really loved this part of the trip. Enjoying the home food and that too with lots of variety. Awesome..Thanks for Pakacham Akka. I got the acquaintance of Arvind, nice chap who miss the outdoor activities and outside community. We went to nearby park and played with him.

Then, started the painful return journey, even though it was only 750 miles from Memphis it seemed longer than the 1000 miles. But, we pulled our groves and reached San Antonio. We covered 2117 miles on road SAT-ATL- MEM- SAT.

Okay !!! the flashback is over..Coming to Current plan..

We are not going to drive and enjoy the road drive now. We are flying to Los Angeles and driving to Las Vegas..somehow we got stuck with road again for 270 miles. :-) We have booked a room in Circus Circus Casino and would roam around for 2 days in Las Vegas alone.

I am really excited about this trip and hearing lot of stories about Las Vegas. Let this be turn to be more memorable one.

PS: This is my 100th Blog, I know the only audience is me. I am benchmarking this when I turn back. Let's see how this goes.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Shrek 3 - Opening Day Shows in San Antonio 78240

We are looking for the Shrek III show times, I was really surprised to find the number of show times within Zip code 78240. We would be going to Palladium IMAX 11:40pm show. :-)

7 reviews
Shrek the Third1hr 33min - Rated PG - Animation/Comedy/Family - Trailer - IMDb

Regal Cielo Vista 182828 Cinema Ridge, San Antonio, TX - Map9:30 10:00 10:30 11:30 12:00 12:30 1:00 1:30 2:00 2:30 3:00 3:30 4:00 4:30 5:00 5:30 6:00 6:30 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30 11:00 11:30

Santikos Northwest 107600 I-10 West, San Antonio, TX - Map1:15 1:45 2:15 2:45 3:35 4:05 4:35 5:05 5:55 6:35 7:05 7:35 8:15 8:55 9:25 9:55 10:35

AMC Huebner Oaks 2411075 IH-10 West, San Antonio, TX - Map10:20 10:50 11:20 11:50 12:20 1:00 1:30 2:00 2:30 3:00 3:40 4:10 4:40 5:10 5:40 6:20 6:50 7:20 7:50 8:20 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30 11:00

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema - Westlakes1255 SW Loop 410, San Antonio, TX - Map12:30 1:15 3:00 4:00 5:20 7:00 7:45 9:30 10:15

Santikos Embassy 1413707 Embassy Row, San Antonio, TX - Map11:00 11:30 12:00 12:30 1:00 1:30 2:00 2:30 3:00 3:30 4:00 4:30 5:00 5:30 5:55 6:30 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30

Regal Alamo Quarry 16255 East Basse Road, San Antonio, TX - Map9:30 10:30 11:00 11:30 12:00 1:00 1:30 2:00 2:30 3:30 4:00 4:30 5:00 6:05 6:30 7:00 7:30 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 11:05 11:50

AMC Rivercenter 9849 E. Commerce St., Ste. 800, San Antonio, TX - Map12:00 1:00 2:15 3:15 4:30 5:30 6:45 7:45 9:00 10:00

Regal Northwoods 1417640 Henderson Pass, San Antonio, TX - Map9:30 10:00 11:00 11:30 12:00 12:30 1:30 2:00 2:30 3:00 4:00 4:30 5:00 5:35 6:30 7:00 7:30 8:00 9:10 9:35 10:00 10:30

Santikos Palladium IMAX17703 IH-10 West, San Antonio, TX - Map10:10 10:40 11:10 11:40 12:10 12:40 1:10 1:40 2:10 2:40 3:10 3:40 4:10 4:40 5:10 5:40 6:10 6:40 7:10 7:40 8:10 8:40 9:10 9:40 10:10 10:40 11:10 11:40 12:10 12:40

Santikos Mayan Palace 141918 S.W. Military Drive, San Antonio, TX - Map11:30 12:15 1:00 1:45 2:30 3:15 4:00 4:45 5:30 6:15 7:00 7:45 8:15 9:00 9:45 10:30 11:15 11:45 12:15

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

ICICI Cheap Commission..

I had a good opinion about ICICI Money transfers because it was hassle free and quick. I have taken help of my friend to do transfers and sometimes the transfer would not happen immediately meaning not exactly within specific business days. Sometimes it would take more days as it would be take normally.

On all those occasions, the transfer will happen on a day when the dollar-rupees conversion would be low. Cheap trade but still money counts. This was okay because if you go by book everything was correct and perfect. Even though every law should be appreciated by its sprit not by its words alone but it would not the case for commoner.

But, they hit all time low when my room mate some money from ICICI account to his sister's account (not ICICI) but the transaction here is not in dollar - rupees. Still, Sriram transferred 50K to his sister's account but Rs.800 had lost its way and missed out in the transaction.

When Sriram mailed and enquired about this, response was "No Charges will be made for any transaction". so what does it means, saying to the customer "Check your transaction, you would have transferred 49,200 instead of 50,000". It was irrtitating when you lose your money before your eye sight and could do nothing.

Atleast I am requesting them to stop say "Free fund transfer","Tension free transfer"..It sucks..

Luxor, Las Vegas..

Saravana told about an explosion in Las Vegas happened today. It was on the parking garage in Luxor on the strip. One person was killed when he tried to pick the device which was on the car. Sorry for him..

This month end we are travelling to Las Vegas and staying on the strip, booked a costly casino room. Hope everything goes good..

Posted the Luxor Casino Night image..

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Random Blog..

I always used to check the "Next Blog" tab present at top of the blog page, just curious to check other blogs out there and updated. This evening, I was going through the "Next Blog" and reading some blogs, Calvin cartoon, tech shooting news, birthday celeb, stressful comments, quite a interesting though.

I felt like browsing through the television with the remote control. Nice feeling, try it out..
Wondering how this image related to this blog, this image shows the Random sequence generation :-)

Evening Relaxment..Sleep..

I came little early from office around 5:30 pm, surprised to find alone in home. I was wondering what anyone can do in the home all alone. Thought I would get some virtual company by logging on to internet and did some routine mail checks which resulted with no positive results.
[Stats: Gmail (0 mails), Yahoo (1 group mail from Srini) and orkut (nothing). ] Sometimes, even your mail fails you.

Then, moved on to next entertaining corner of our house, our food court, fridge. Nothing much except some dairy products and fruit juice, My promise to diet control reminded not to touch Ice Cream. Guess what I did next, took some Kellogg's and finished it off.

I wanted to finish my Harry's second book but could not match my urge to sleep. I felt like beaten to death. Good thing was, I was able to recognise Saravanan and Mahesh entering the house and trying to talk with me. Sounds Great !!!

Monday, May 07, 2007

Thillu Mullu..

After deciding to restrict ourselves with two chappatis, we had some time to watch some movie. Mahesh quickly played "Thillu Mullu", a evergreen comedy from Balachander.

The movie was released in 1981, just around the year when I was born but still I enjoy watching this movie at any time. I would say make the most disgusting manager to watch with his team mates, he would definitely end up in enjoying the movie.

Nice movie with Thengai Srinivasan, Sowcar Janaki, Rajni playing the lead roles in the comedy track. Madhavi was one awesome beauty on screen, really enjoy watching her.

Visu doing the Screenplay and dialogue...The interview scene with Thengai Srinivasan (Short name Subbi Sir..), Sowcar Janaki acting as mother, Indran meeting with Thengai..enjoy every bit of movie..

Have watched number of times and would watch in future too...

Tower of the Americas..

It's been nearly 1 year and 3 months in San Antonio and I have never been to Down town, River Walk or the Tower of America, one of few places to hangout in San Anto.

Yesterday went in San Macros with Kumar and today we decided to visit the Tower with Pannir's family.

Pannir and Palani had decided to go back India and wanted to visit few places along with us. Everything was planned, we are supposedly to visit the Tower and River Walk until the rain played a deciding factor.

Later evening, Sun brought some extra cheer to us and informed couple of others to make the plan reality. It was really good time to pass around 2-3 hours in that area.

We also have 4-D Ride to Texas show after visiting the Observation deck. Worth spending time to cheer up your dull Sunday..

Image taken from below site..

Today's Fortune from Orkut

Today's fortune:

You and your wife will be happy in your life together.

Vaithu eruchaala kelabran..Vellai vetti illamae..Orae illa streetu Road podran..

- Naren

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Shopping in San Macros

Kumar Thangasamy working with me is about to leave India next week. Sriram, Kumar and me went to San Macros to do some shopping. I was little bit hesitate to make this trip, I know I am thrifty and I would definitely end up spending some money.

I could not refuse for the guy's call and made it. Before starting, we decided what to buy and where to buy so that we can wind up quickly. We planned well , Can you guess the outcome?

My expenses was 200 dollars, bought Watch for my Sister, Shirt, T- Shirt and trouser. The guy who wanted to shop spend less than us

It was a good day definitely not idle..

Naren :-)

Mocking Merry on ebay..

I was shocked to find this news item..

A guy reportedly made a mock on the auction site ebay by posting his wife as the product for sale. People are still investigating whether it's a real ad or some one faked up. The Ad has been removed but it still exposes the cons of the web.

- Naren