Saturday, January 19, 2008

W.o.m.m #8

I feel a panic attack coming. I need to relax. Get a grip, gain some perspective.
Life is such a bitch. And I only make it more complicated for myself. Why?

There was a going away party for a coworker last night. I had a nice time after ages..mindless fun, silly geeky jokes, eating out, drinking, never ending philosophical discussions...
I had to keep flitting around small groups of people every time the discussion turned to sports at any group. At one point, I was left with nowhere to go. So I tried beer. And figured it was okay. I think there is no hope left for me now.
What I totally loathe about going out with this group is the number of smokers who don't really care about smoking into your face. (Yeah that whole motion you do of looking up and exhaling is not very effective). And then my coat and jeans stink of smoke. Chih! And my throat is all scratchy and irritated. AArghh.

Having lived near the airport in bombay, I went to the airport often to see/receive people etc. I always watched those people who hold up placards with names on them for passengers arriving, and for the longest time, wanted to be able to do the same. (Ya, to stand and hold a placard!). Then I moved up and realized how cool it would be to at the other end of it, having a placard held up with your name on it. I have not had the pleasure of either, and they remain high on my list of things to get done...

Ok now i will stop avoiding work. now.


Sakshi said...

Come to SD - will hold the placard :)

anantha said...

some might say i don't have a life, but the smoke is why i avoid parties, really!

The_Girl_From_Ipanema said...

you will?? :D
/going to find cheap fares

i know what you mean..i suppose we all need to wait until this is released in the market

Sash said...

Abbe tu daaktarni hai (yeah yeah PhD type hi sahi, hai toh daaktarni na?). Please avoid going to parties where people smoke like no tomorrow? :|

Jack said...

WOYM is random :P and yeah I totally detest the smoking (and drinking beyond limits) habit ... grrr

ferret said...

the one time that my name was held high on a placard in the airport, i had no idea it was going to be so and walked out straight without even noticing it. then called from outside and ran back in to be received in full honor :D

Crime Master said...

OMG! Strangely, I've seen this sight only on the airports and not on the railway stations.. hmmm.. perhaps, everyone knows the person arriving by trains! :P

And yes, this placard thingy, is true for me too! One thing I want to do is read from the teleprompter.. :D the way they do in those award ceremonies! :D

Red Soul said...

lol. nice post. come to NY and i'll hold the placard too :p

The_Girl_From_Ipanema said...

yeah, well mostly i avoid. once a while i give in..

:) yes, its supposed to be random by nature.

WHAT! you actually had that happen for you! lucky you! and tune popat bhi kar di! :)

crime master,
teleprompter would be cool i think too.
*practises nasal voice*

hi red soul!
you will? @ NY Penn station? (Because the probability of me flying into NY is pretty small ..) :D

Raj said...

I am a pro at getting bored at parties. Its been happening since I was a kid. I have discovered several ways to make being bored not too boring :)

Oh, and I've had a placard held for me at the airport. It felt good but the guy who was holding it didn't seem too interested and he wasn't holding it high or anything. It was sad!

Janefield said...

not just smoke on the clothes what i absolutely DETEST is the stale stench of smoke on my hair. arghfuckargh x-(

Sakshi said...

@TGFI- Will have to, no? You never sent the pics. Waah only. And no beer even to compensate my broken heart and inconsolable grief. Waahh.

Anonymous said...

TO make you jealous - I got that placard thing done for me.. I had someone waiting for me.. :P

And these days, I am on Tequila high all the time! Beats any liquor hollow!

Sash said...

Agree with Jane - hair smelling of cig smoke is the WORST! :S

sumit said...
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Sumit Tada said... nice to read ur blog after such a long time :)

Thanks for the comment on my blog, I have been away from blogs for very long now, but will be regular on ur blog from now :)

Aur haan, come to Delhi, I will hold the placard at IGI :)

Tabula Rasa said...

likely as not if you're holding a placard at penn station someone's going to drop a dime into your coffee.

The_Girl_From_Ipanema said...

you too have had placard held? if i were you i would go shake him up, tell him to hold it higher saying i couldn't see otherwise or something. :-)

yeah that too.

what pics???

take care. the world is a mean place. :-)

everyone has had placard held here for them except me!
CC the least you could've done is hold one for me when you came to pick me up at the airport! and you had two chances! :@ :(

Tequila banu kidhar gayi?

yeah, thankfully i've never had that happen to my hair. the places i frequent are not smoke-filled..

OYE! kidhar hai tu? hows life? IGI...may be i will land there next time when i go to india? :p

i'll remember your offer . :-)

Professor TR,
lol! see! you'll even get paid for it!

Sakshi said...

In my Lutom, smoking was banned in bars the year after I went there. Hoping the trend catches here :)

And I am spreading a rumor that you are buying free beer for all blogger who rant :)

And PS- I put up one or two rants in 24 hours*looks coyly at her nails*
So give the beer already, no?

Sumit Tada said...

Hum to wahin hain is good... waiting for ur next post...though i guess i can post comments on older posts also... haina?

The_Girl_From_Ipanema said...

afwaahe mat failao!

good to know life is good your end.

absolutely can comment on old posts. :) ! koi update nai hai bhai. :)

neihal said...

I am not interested in the placard honour, but a kid I would hold up the newspaper and act like newsreaders, with the stiff lip movements ,nasal voice and all :P

Anil P said...

The placards . . . hmmmm.

So many faces, so many indeed. It's actually a relief to see the names on placards, and while one waits one tries to match the names to faces heading to the exit.

The acknowledgement, and occasionally a smile of relief bring relief to the waiting!

The_Girl_From_Ipanema said...

but will you hold one for me if i ever come visit you????

hi anil!
did i ever tell you how much i like your photo blog?

yeah, matching faces with the signs is a nice exercise. :) waiting at airports is mired in a variety of emotions, indeed.

Dee said...

Hey, thanks for adding me to your blog list, appreciate it!!

Mukta said...

:-) I just started reading through your blog. You write really well. Am enjoying myself here.

Hershey Desai said...

before I even start to read this post, first you get added my fav blog list. Why? Because your display picture showcases tajel. Its obvious that anyone who knows of PHD comics writes posts worth my time.

Now to the post,
smoking is a real nuisance. I should know. Gives you yellow teeth, gray lips, black lungs, and to top it off, it annoys the hell out of people around you.
In situations like these, I propose a simple solution.
Always carry a small portable sign saying " Those who smoke shall be assumed to be on fire. Appropriate action shall be taken."
Also fun to carry a small fire extinguisher with you :)

Oh my my, well its an easy thing to accomplish. Just take a short trip somewhere. Hire a tours guy to pick you up. Your wish will be fulfilled.


Hershey Desai said...

or of course, you can come back to bombay... if you want I can hold up a placard. Mind you, the offer is valid for only 60 days.
Then the location changes to singapore...

La vida Loca said...

Time for a new post!

The_Girl_From_Ipanema said...

you're welcome. i've been meaning to leave a comment at your blog but never got around to it.

welcome here! thanks. we can very well form a little mutual admiration fan club, :)

hershey desai, (lol @ nick)
hello there. and yes. phd comics is necessary for one to survive grad school. singapore hmm? i may take you up on that, there is a chance i will go there sometime :)

vida loca,
done! :)