Chennai Journal
Sunday, July 09, 2006
Back in Chennai
It was good to be home after more than a year away, and less had changed than I would have thought. Things in Detroit are pretty grim with the troubles of the former Big Three, but the rest of the country seems in better shape (New Orleans excepted). Here you can see Marty at home in his favorite shopping site, Costco. Things were very cheap here; Marty had purchased a combination microwave/toaster oven for only $39.95.

It was also good to stop by our favorite restaurant, Beverly Hills Grill, where Benson (pictured left) still makes the best martini in the world!

After spending a week in Detroit, Marty and I went to our vacation home in Keene, New Hampshire. I had not been there yet in the summer, and it was just great. We spent time exploring the city and environs, doing a lot of walking, and even making an attempt to climb the local mountain, Mt. Monadnock. Next to Mt. Fuji in Japan, Monadnock is the most frequently climbed mountain in the world. Emerson and Thoreau both have spots named after them, in honor of their own climbs. I overheard a couple of fellow hikers discussing a Tuesday -Thursday club, where locals gather at 6:30 a.m. to climb to the summit, and our neighbor told us of one guy who climbed it every day for a year. Above, you can see me at the halfway point.

Now I am back in Chennai, where jet lag is setting in this morning with a vengeance. Tomorrow I'm on the road again, to Delhi and Agra for business. Weather cooperating, we are supposed to go to the Taj Mahal on Tuesday night for a moonlight viewing. The Taj has only recently been reopened in the evening, after being closed for more than 20 years, and then only on the days around the full moon. Stay tuned!

looking forward to moonlight Taj pics.
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