Tuesday, November 06, 2012

flying back from vegas

beating the odds and the house. feels good.

Friday, November 02, 2012

Early morning fog

Feels wonderful to wake up early and climb up above the fog. Gives a great start to the day

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

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Sunday, October 25, 2009

My first view of the Tata Nano

Despite all the hype and coverage that the Nano got, it had so far been tough to actually see one on the road. Today on a cab ride from Pune to Bombay, I got my first sighting of this little wonder. The cab driver told me of a couple of cases of nanos catching fire spontaneously. Turns out, it was due to some electrical short in the steering column some molten plastic due to the heat.

Good to see it on the road after all the controversy and adversities that this car had to suffer through. It was an ambitious undertaking of "thinking Big" by "thinking small". Kudos to the Tatas!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Lobby of the Mojave desert inn

Managed to get a couple of shots before checking out this morning. We will be back at this inn on Friday.

Btw, We did drive past the airforce base earlier this morning. We did have our hopeless fantasies of catching a glimpse of the shuttle from the highway, but as rationally expected, saw nothing more than a vast desert.

Oh well!!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Astro-vacation - day 1

It is only fitting that we take an astronomy themed vacation during 2009 - the international year of astronomy. Malvika had heard of B&Bs in Arizona run by astronomers where you have access to scopes, the best dark skies around and tons of expert guidance provided by the host. We decided upon "The Shooting Star Inn" near Flagstaff, AZ. Check it out http://www.shootingstarinn.com/. We started today in a rental car (see photo) and plan to spend the whole week there.

Initially, we thought we could do the 12 hour drive from San Francisco to Flagstaff in a single day. Now I know that would have been crazy. We looked up an appropriate mid-point and chose Mojave, CA to spend the night.

As we checked into the Desert Inn in Mojave, we saw a bunch of photographs of the space shuttle in the very modest looking motel office. It suddenly struck us that we must be pretty close to the NASA facility in the California desert. The inn-keeper later confirmed that we were just a couple of miles away from Edwards Airforce base where the space shuttle landed just yesterday!!! What a great and surprise start to this Astro-vacation!