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Memorial day long weekend turned out to be one blissful trip. Karthik aka bumboo or shitfire (as he is known on Bullet Bangalore), has been in San Jose, CA for the past few weeks on a project. We decided to get together for a trip around San Jose/SFO/LA area.

Flight from Newark to San Jose was a treat. Had a young couple from Tehran travelling with me and the seat in front of us had a baby doll making faces at us all along the flight. Continental had these Verizon airphones which one could use for their Jetconnect service. As such I couldn’t do anything more than chatting on YM and MSN but then helped me setup email to LJ posting. LJ’s email servers were overloaded at that time and the two posts I sent on May 28th evening, went through, finally.

California is much better than New Jersey. One gets so much breathing space when you look around. We left from San Jose to Los Angeles, early in the morning on 29th. Rest of the day was full of driving around LA and then a tour of Universal Studios. It was long and tiring but a very nice experience. I specially liked the “Back to the future”, “T3” and “Animal planet” shows. We missed the Jurassic park ride by minutes before the park closed. The day ended with a shopping spree. I think I can make another trip to universal in a couple of months or maybe next year to complete the things I missed this time.

Second day (Sunday, 30th) was Disney Land day. I was expecting Disney Land to be better than Universal, but it turned out to be the opposite. This may have been because we did not go to the theme parks. We barely had tine to finish all the joy/scare rides at disney. I liked the “water rafting experience” more than anything else. The day was hot and all I needed to let go of all the steam was a shower. Absolute bliss. Made me forget all the aches and pains of the 2 tiring days at LA. As usual, the disney experience ended with a shopping spree. I bought 5 coffee mugs.

We drove back the same evening after touching Santa Monica beach in LA. I can now proudly say that I have touched US coast to coast (errr, conditions apply).

Day three started lazed out. We reached San Jose at 5am. Slept for a couple hours and then sync’d with . Muchos gracias to him for the excellent persian lunch, sweets and a guided tour of Yahoo’s HQ. The way they name their conference rooms (anywhere, everywhere and somewhere) was amusing. The harley, fighter aircrafts, campus color theme, mmk’s cube, the machine that mmk uses to build YM unix client, boy! ain’t I lucky to have seen all that. 🙂 Ah! And then a movie hero ishtyle photo session with mmk. 😀 The last pic proves, I still have not got the hang of how to buy the right length of jeans in the US. :-\

Spent an hr. at the golden gate bridge and then the steep, semi crooked streets of San Francisco. On the way back from golden gate bridge, I had my laptop on and almost all along the way, I had atleast 12 – 15 wifi signals available. 10% of them were “Netgear”, “Linksys” or “Default”. Most of them running without encryption.

After the heavy lunch with , I had no scope for an early dinner, but then Sunitha had invited us for dinner and I could not resist the yum paneer bhurji + curd vegetable salad + rotis. Yum stuff. Ofcourse, I had fun with Sunitha’s kiddo too. 🙂

Now what? Now, I need a vacation after a vacation.

Bleh! Back to work.


  1. Dude, I really like your pics. And looks like you’ve had some solid fun.

  2. > Dude, I really like your pics.

    Thank you.

    > And looks like you’ve had some solid fun.

    Oh yes I did. *Very* refreshing trip. Just like the ones we used to have every weekend in bangalore.

  3. Dude…You bet we had a great time…although i think ..would have been great if we had couple of more days with us :-)…
    good writeup…

  4. I must say Madhu looks a lot healthier than he did at LB last December 🙂

  5. so y’all were in the bay area too?

    parked in san jose since the past few days – leaving tomorrow for madras.

  6. Heh! This was last weekend. Had no clue you were there too.

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