Monday, July 27, 2009
LA Life - A synopsis
All good things in life must come to an end! We have three more days left of our stay in Los Angeles and we are busy packing up and taking care of all the little details that must be tended to. At the same time, we are looking forward to our return to the good times in Bangalore.
Our time in LA has been a lot of fun. We did everything that we were planning and more. The best part of returning here was reconnecting with old friends and family. We met all our family and it was great to see folks that we have not seen in a long time. Ayaana's highlight was to see her new cousin Maliya - who is adorable. It was good to see my cousin Naweed, who has been bravely battling cancer for a couple of years. Aanish linked up with his old friends - most of whom are nearly 6 feet tall and have facial hair. We also had a great time meeting all our old friends and ex-colleagues from companies where we have worked in the past couple of decades.
No travels are complete without food and this one was no different. We came here with armed with a list of restaurants that we wanted to eat at and visited most of them. We did all the "comfort" restaurants (In&Out, Senor Fish, Acapulco - 3 times), the favorites (Yang Chow, La Serenata) and new ones (Hungry Cat). Mexican food topped the list! We have a couple more favorites left to go and a couple more days left!
Shopping was big during our stay. Ayaana got a new iTouch and a Wii-Fit - both of which she was eyeing for quite some time. No shopping is ever complete without a visit to the shopping mecca - Costco! We hit the usual favorites - Target, Best Buy, Macy's, JC Penny. I think everybody is now set with their clothes, shoes, games etc. for some time.
During our short stay here this summer, we managed to catch a couple of good movies out here (I think Aanish managed to see about half a dozen). We also managed to see a Dodgers game and a Chelsea/Inter-Milan foot ball match (once again - a huge treat for Aanish).
Returning back to the house also meant taking care of some routine, but must-do items - renewing Mona's drivers license, taking care of some banking and tax work, getting a new passport for Aanish, cleaning the house and making minor repairs. If you think this part is fun, I suggest you spend 4 hours at a Department of Motor Vehicle office or the Federal Building. Not a very stimulating experience but it does give you a good glimpse into how America works.
Balancing all of this with work was quite a bit of challenge for me. I could feel the strain of working with a team that is in a time zone that is twelve hours different than mine. I have a feeling that there will be lots to catch up when I return this week.