Saturday, April 29, 2006

A no-food post.

Miscellaneous learnings from a Friday night:
1. You have to be careful who (or what) you look at in a dark (think pitch-black) cavernous bar with a name that sounds seedy, even though you are the only other woman in a bar on Castro Street!
2. Gay men cruise, straight people eyefuck*.
3. There is a reason women wear skimpy clothing to clubs with overcrowded dance floors and good music - its bloody hot after the third drink!
4. The seedier the club the cheaper and stronger the drink.
5. Cover charge to get into the club $2,
Margarita with no salt $5,
Taking a shortcut (giggling and being dragged along) through the men's loo - priceless!
6. Being a fag hag is FUN!

* Though my friend M insists its all just eyefucking really. I feel so proud to have introduced the word to him!

Friday, April 21, 2006


Your hidden talent is lying

You are able to lie to anyone and get away with it. Sometimes you even do it for fun. You are specifically skilled at acting and bluffing during poker. And you know that to be a good liar you should give lots of details, to be a great one you give no details at all.

Take this quiz at

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Let them praise cabbies

I have to blog about my encounters with cabbies in the US. No, please take your mind out of the gutter, an encounter meaning just that - a 30-40 minute cab ride usually to or from airports in Chicago or New York.

The thing is - I love to chat with cabbies, find out where they are from (its never anywhere as prosaic as Iowa) and lately I have taken to asking them where they go to eat authentic food from their country.

The reason this comes up is that I was too lazy to drive and park at the Oakland airport for the trip to Vegas my mom and I took, and so I called a cab suggested by the security guy in my building. The driver turned out to be an Algerian, called Atmun (or something that sounds like that - I am going by phonetic memory). Having eaten Moroccan food at dinner just the previous day, I had to ask him where he went for Algerian food in the Bay area and he said sadly, "Nowhere." But he/they would go to eat Moroccan at a small place in the city , "Umm at Geary and Jones", he said. Which was exactly where my hole-in-the-wall Moroccan, Tajine was. "Ha, long live Chowhound!" I thought to myself.

We reached the airport and he promised to come pick us up on Monday at 1:30 AM which is when our flight back from Vegas was (damn Expedia). I tipped him 20% and he actually gave me back a couple of bucks and said, "Too much. Your mum, she reminds me of my mum." After that ultimate Bollywood ishtyle line, I had no option but to take it back sheepishly.

We land, half an hour late on Monday early AM, wondering if the cab was waiting. Yes, he was and this time he carries out our carry-on from inside the terminal to his cab in the rain, pays for parking and refuses any tip (or even for parking) over and above the flat rate the cab company normally charges. "This is a ride for you mum, yes." And he drives away. And I ponder how my cabby experiences in this country are pretty good normally.

Memorable ones: the cabby in Manhattan who wouldn't take any money from me, when excited by his speaking in Bangla on his cell I just had to ask, "Dada, apni Bangali?" The very next day, I heard another cabby talk in Bangla on his cell but was very very careful to not talk to him in Bengali. On reaching my destination, he says, "Apni Bangali, na?" with a huge smile and refuses the fare. [Digression: Am I THAT obviously Bangali??] I was embarassed and humbled. Not that it ever happened to me again. The one in Chicago who had managed a large car dealership before he became schizophrenic and his wife left him. The one in Vegas who was from Romania, whose best friend was of Indian origin from Guyana (apparently brother to Shakira Caine!) and he had kicked a gambling habit and moved to Vegas (the irony!!).

On the other hand my friend G, who was my roommate in Evanston, kept bumping into cabbies (and also the janitor in our school) who wanted her to marry (or at least meet) their sons (er one at a time of course) who were inevitably "doctors in California". Is there a moral here somewhere?

Friday, April 14, 2006

Run run run

I am off to Sin City this weekend, albeit with Ma, which would tend to repress any partying instincts I may have. But I don't. Or at least I wouldn't report it if I did. So...

The weather Gods had better not think that I am going to praise the sunny skies and the desultory, with-their-hearts-not-in-it kind of rain and all around happier weather, just so They could zap me with a flash flood or two and go "Muahahaha" behind my back. Nope. I have fingers crossed and my mind quite quite off of the weather. Now that I think of it its a bit like watching the Indian cricket team actually!

In other news one has been to a fabulous little Moroccan hole in the wall caled Tajine in the city and one is bowled over by the fact that it is flavorful yet mild yet oh so good. Mmmmm lamb. Oh and I am so getting the beet salad next time.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Buzzing in my ears

Boredom, ennui and so on and so forth. Essentially life feels grey, like the unending cloud-filled grey that the bay area sky is these days. Blah.

Exciting news - well none. I have been actively avoiding human contact or any kind of social activity and taking perverse delight in my "victimhood".

No more though: have taken matters into my own hands (actually Cece's hands but thats nit-picking) and I am getting a haircut tonight. And as for tomorrow, well tomorrow is the first of my intermediate Thai cooking classes. Thank God for Panang curry!