Chennai Journal
Sunday, May 01, 2005
Internet Woes
Well, I still don't have internet access at home. Have applied for it through the government owned telephone company and am told we could wait a month or so for it. In the meantime, I got a dial up CD from one of the private companies thinking that while I'm waiting, I'd just log on via the phone. I did get logged on but my computer immediately froze and when I rebooted, Windows XP was completely messed up. I had to reinstall it. So I'm back at the internet cafe.

This week the plant is shut down for block closure, I'll have some time on my hands. The good news is the sea shipment is due in port today, so should get delivery of that by Friday. Unpacking the boxes will keep Marty busy for a few weeks once he and Dad arrive! Since there isn't much else to do, I'll plan on catching up on reading this week.

I discovered the secret of lizard removal this week. A tiny one was on the wall in the living room, near the front door, while I was eating breakfast. Junior spotted it and started pacing. Out from the kitchen came Leela, an old fashioned dust broom in hand (it is all bristles with a short handle) and gently began coaxing the lizard down, Junior supervising. Finally she worked it over to the door and brushed it outside.

Also finally heard from the club we're going to join, which is next door to our apartment. Do you remember the scenes from "Out of Africa" with Meryl Streep where they escort her out of the bar at the beginning of the movie and then invite her for a drink at the end? It's kind of like that--still reminiscent of the days of the British raj. They don't have email or internet, and require official letters for everything. They will entertain my membership on May 2, and wish to interview me on the 16th. I'll be in the States then, so asked if they would kindly consider moving up the date. No. So the whole thing gets postponed by another month. As I've said before, patience is a virtue one gets lot of practice on here!

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