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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Bloody Rice Cooker - Part 1

As the title suggests, its a story about a Bloody Rice cooker which caused a turmoil yesterday.

It all started when someone knocked on the door at 6:45 last night, but by the time I opened the door there was no one so I looked around and found a parcel at the door - curious to check it out I stepped out and accidentally locked myself out. There have been a few robberies recently in my neighbourhood and we made it a habit to keep the lock on so that it automatically locks when we step out. Hence the lock out. Interestingly, I dont wear any footwear when I am home, that's a habit I brought with me from India. So, now I am locked out, with no key, no car, no cellphone, no money, no wallet and worse no foot wear. This would have been a problem for anyone but not me. I am too positive to be bothered by such trivial things besides I know that my roommate who just stepped out is gonna be back in an hour or atleast that is what I thought at the time. So, I decided to make good use of my time and take a walk, yes barefoot (good catch, so you've been paying attention I see).

I live in an apartment complex surrounded by golf course - it's pretty scenic and that was one of the reasons why we chose this place. So, I sat on the golf course laughing at my stupidity and enjoying the beautiful sunset coz there's nothing much I can do without any mechanical help. It was a much needed time off the routine things. I took a stroll down the memory lane and remembered how I used to play cricket barefoot back home and how it never bothered me much back then. We actually had a life without mobiles and computers and what not. We were just kids and there was nothing that could stop us from having fun. We did not need no fancy gadgets or anything to have some good clean quality fun with friends. So what happened to all that - how did I turn out to be a gadget freak with my iPhone 4 and mac book? I actually stood in line for 8 long hours to get me the brand new iPhone 4 on the day it was released. What went wrong? So, I kept thinking all this sitting on the golf course barefoot while the joggers who passed by were looking at me funny.

To make things more interesting, a dad was teaching his kid golf and the kid was getting bored hitting a tiny ball in a small hole on a huge patch of grass. So, the kid must have asked the dad "Can I hit the homeless guy sitting over there instead?" pointing at me. And dad must have said "Knock him out son!" coz the kid started targeting me. You see, I am not much of a golfer but I know that there are no moving targets in golf. So, it didnt take long for me to figure out that I was the target after all the kid was shooting at me. So, unable to come up with a reasonable story on how I could explain the situation to the doctor if the kid actually succeeded in his mission - I decided to get out of there before I get hurt.

Now, deprived of some quiet time alone - I was forced to come back home and wait in the hall way. Bored out of my mind, I decided to check to see if the parcel that caused all this was worth the fuss. It's from Amazon.com and that is where I normally buy books from. So, hoping to find a good read I opened the parcel. But to my surprise, It was Rice Cooker. And guess what, we already have a rice cooker. I dont know why my roommate ordered another one. Anyways, needless to say there was nothing to read in there except for the Rice Cooker Manual. So, I did the right thing and read the whole manual for about an hour. I even read the instructions in Spanish and I dont even speak spanish. You can guess, how bored I was.

to be continued....
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