Archive | June, 2012

Mason at MIT

30 Jun






50 is the new 40

27 Jun

50 is the new 40

A’s 40th bday party. Before Trinity, before moving to Holly Glen, before C. Wonder what the next decade will have in store for us.

A language rant

24 Jun


The chinese symbol for Trinity

June 25, 2006

I have a pet peeve.


A once was lost but now is found

24 Jun

A once was lost but now is found

June 20, 2006

I got A a GPS system today. She’s driving to DC this weekend for M’s baby shower and the kids are sure that she’s going to get lost. She’s brilliant in most other areas but when it comes to directions, she’s a little like Lucy. So I demonstrated it for her and the kids this evening. We plugged in a route to Trinity and just for fun, we drove past friendly voice’s recommended turn. The GPS took a second to recognize this and replotted another alternate route. The kids wer blown away and it took A a moment for the realization to set in. No more getting lost!!!!! “This changes everything, “ she gasped in with some amazement.

More red and black

24 Jun


Red-head and black hair. Paleface princess and Indian superwarrior-  I give you Khan Noomien Singh and Lt. Marla McGivers.
This is another  that I stumbled across of the  archetype. I started watching Star Trek in England back in 1971. This was my favorite episode for obvious reasons. Khan was the best villain that Star Trek ever produced.  This was an inspired   parody .  
Khan’s got great pecs and he quotes  Milton.    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan- the best of all the Star Trek movies (why were all the even numbered Star Trek movies the good ones?).  Indeed my life is probably a subconscious balancing  of the themes of this episode- East/West, science/faith, reason/passion.
Unfortunately Khan is a villain.  Perhaps, however, as Daniel Amen might point out-  he’s got a brain problem- perhaps a temporal lobe abnormality that impairs his ability to make healthy choices. And it’s not a happy ever after story- the doomed lovers  are cast off  in proverbial Eden- Ceti Alpha 5- and everyone knows how that turned out. 


24 Jun

I love abstract expressionistic modern art like this. Michael took me to Acme yesterday to meet Leon Schenker, an expressionist artist whose peers at one time were painters from the New York School like Mark Rothko. I wish I had a pic of the pieces I wanted to buy from Leon. They are stunning but oh, so expensive. They would look so beautiful at Trinity. Very evocative and yet subtle at the same time. The colors are much less bold than the ones above. Perhaps Leon might consider lowering the price this weekend. I am rationalizing about them that as far as extravagances go, my tastes could be worse. And Leon’s a lot cheaper than Rothko. The piece above which is badly cropped sold for 22 million dollars.

June 2, 2006 Can I get an Amen?

24 Jun
This is precious.  I’ve just been seated at Cezanne, the French restaurant at Le Merigot in Santa Monica and I’mthe  only person in the entire restaurant.  I just had a great yoga class with Sarra which turned into a private cos no one else showed up.   I’m being waited on hand and foot.  3 waiters plying me with bread, sparkling water.  The waiter has just brought out my grilled chilean seabass in a soy ginger reduction with scalloped potatoes and leeks. The piano guy is playing to an audience of one. AND HE’S PLAYING CLOCKS BY COLDPLAY.  I rule.   Some moments are priceless as they say and this is one of them.  
I met with Dr. A today at his world headquarters in Newport Beach.  First, a word about Orange County.  Whoah!!!  Fancy rides everywhere you look, shops everywhere and all the houses are over a million bucks.  Even with a doctor’s salary, out here I’d be poor.  What is up with that!   So Dr. A gave me a brief tour of his shop, showed off his two SPECT machines, we talked about a couple of cases and then I met one of the docs who works for him- L –  a second gen Indian shrink like me.  Larry’s dealing with sticker shock on the real estate prices and D is telling him to jump in as an investment. Then we hopped into D’s beemer and headed to lunch.  D’s tennis coach is VIC BRADEN.  D’s  thinking about a  licensing agreement he is thinking of developing with people who train with him in SPECT brain imaging.  He also pretty much offered me a job in any one of his 4 locations: Tacoma, Fairfield, Newport Beach and Reston.  I can’t imagine leaving Wilmington  but I must admit that California is still a very enticing proposition at times. I love the vibe out here.  The traffic sucks and the real estate is crazy expensive so I guess maybe I’ll just do lots of CME out here.

July 14, 2006

24 Jun
I started wearing cologne in my freshman year of college. It was Paco Rabanne- I liked the advert for it and also wanted to impress my fashionista college girlfriend L with my good taste-.  I moved on to Cacharel for men, my signature scent from 1984 on. I discovered it on a trip to England and Sweden to study socialized medicine- and came back from Europe with a mullet and Cacharel. It had a distinct sandalwood tone and was intoxicating without being overpowering. Cacharel for men is not being made anymore from what I can gather so I’ll have to stockpile some so that I can still smell it when I’m old and grey.  I read about my latest scent- Dolce and Gabbana on a musclehead message board that I used to frequent. It took several tester cards from the Independence mall to sway me to consider starting to wear something else.  I like the way it lingers and decays.  It has a beautiful finish. I can’t smell the pepper but I can pick up the nutmeg, sandalwood and lavender notes. Lavender is supposed to be relaxing- no wonder this shrink likes it so much.  Cacharel also has lavender and sandalwood notes-  their similarity is prolly why the both appeal to me.

I’m very sensitive to smell- my olfactory prowess is well known to A who is relatively smell-challenged. I can smell the good, the bad and the ugly way before her, if she even picks up on it.  I don’t know if I was always this way- sometimes I wonder whether my sense awareness was expanded by Zonker Harris day at Wesleyan.

April 30th , 2011

24 Jun



Drove to Raleigh on April 30th.   Mason got 11th in Roads Scholar and 3rd in Awesome Aquifers.  He also became interested in going to the North Carolina School for Science in Math after seeing them come in first in team competition.


April 30, 2012   The greendreadlocked one got second this year in Roads Scholar.  And NCSSM won the whole shebang again.

July 1, 2008

24 Jun
So I decided to get myself a new ride for a Father’s day present.  The Touareg was acting finicky-  with tire pressure monitors telling me I had a flat tire for no reason.  Couldnt get a good trade in on a Prius, so I went in a different direction-  a dream car.   Made in Coventry, but owned by brownies.  Anglophilic Indians living in the US of A , rejoice .  Your car is here.  May I introduce to you the Jaguar XF.   Schweeeeeeet.   I drove up to Cary two weeks ago and settled into a luxurious, pliant, supple silver rocket ship which is now mine for the next 36 months for the measly pittance of 12 dollars a day.  Pshaw,   lunch money, I say.  I drove home at 90 and felt like it was slow motion. Guys come up to me in the parking lot to admire it.    It is a blast to drive. Tight, fast, sleek, elegant.  I am now a Jaguar aficionado .
I took A out the first night and we had Radiohead- Hail to the Thief playing –   nice, and he opened it up on I-40.    What a rush.  M wants one when he grows up.  He will have to become a doctor now.  Ha ha.  T and A are less impressed. Anne is happy it has 5 seats though. So I got that going for me.