I took up the Clarinet earlier this year just to see if I could actually carry a tune.
Monday, February 26, 2007
I took up the Clarinet earlier this year just to see if I could actually carry a tune.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
They went to the place where they first hooked up and he got down on one knee and proposed to her with a diamond ring!!!!
Right! That isn't really uncommon. Bear with me. This guy and girl are already engaged and were looking at reception venues last year. So why this? Why now?
Turns out that he could not scratch together enough last year, so he did it on the anniversary instead.
It's really nice to know that there are romantics out there after all.
Kudos to you my friend. May she make a decent person out of you!!!!!!!
It's all about priorities Man!!! Enjoy the journey and rest assured that the Destination will be great!!!!
And so the three of us sit and watch the programme faithfully.
Lynda could not be bothered about how things are made just so long as it does not need service and can fill the petrol tank by itself!!!!!
Anyhooo. The last episode showed how mushrooms were cultivated. And everything went downhill from there. I'm not sure if it was the growth medium made of Horses Dung..... or the Chicken Poo added later for enrichment.... that spelt doom for our culinary choices. Rest assured however that Mushrooms may never be consumed by the girls again.
Isn't it cool that as a parent we have the ability to completely and utterly screw up our kids????
I hope somewhere in the distant future when they're flipping patties in a Burger King outlet trying to pay their way through college, they don't hurl at the person ordering 'mushroom &
Monday, February 19, 2007
Sunday, February 18, 2007
I'm expected to give this report by tomorrow. A report which to me can be equated to the "State of the Union" address - which is also a bunch of lies!!!!
We've had a poor start to this year. Luckily we built up our reserves at the end of last year so I'm still posting profits... However once that runs out, I'm screwed. I need lies and I need them fast!!!!
Anyone has Bush's speechwriter on their speed dial?????
Anyways..... I got Layla tapping out some rhythms on the drums just to get her used to the kit before the practice book and CD get in.
So she kept messing up and finally blurted "Oh maaaaan!!! I'm never going to be a rock star!!!!!"
Ah. Isn't that what every father dreams for his five year old, shorts wearing, dress hating, converse loving, gun toting daughter????? NOT!!!!
Saturday, February 17, 2007
Layla: Mama why is the sun always following us
Aaliyah: The sun is following us because the world is turning
Layla: The world is turning??
Aaliyah: Yes. It is turning clockwise.
Layla: The world is a clock?? Tick Tock Tick Tock????
At the Pearl Roundabout in Bahrain, there is a Dhow propped on the side for the purpose of repairs.
Me (in a bid to stimulate conversation): Hey Ally, there's a boat outside the water!
Ally (in drab wonderment at the pre-requisites to be a father): All boats are built out of water!!
Layla (being Layla): Some boats are made of wood!
Ally (wondering what she did to deserve this family): Layla!! All boats are made 'out of the' water!!!!
Layla: Yes!! But!! Some boats ARE made 'out of the' wood!!!
We couldn't have reached school sooner!!!
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
You're thinking 'What a conceited Bastard' - Guilty as charged!!! No doubt about it!!
Anyways, I earmarked this space on the 12th of November when I saw this house for all of 5 minutes and decided that this was where we wanted to stay for the next 2.5 years that we anticipated staying on the island.
I went about purchasing the 4 metal whiteboards from Ikea prior to our move (alas there is no Ikea on the island) The top shelves are recycled from the old house and one of them had to be trimmed to fit. The lower shelf was the first project that I entrusted to Vinod (My personal God of Wood) and when he understood what I wanted, I felt the heavens open up and a chorus of angels start to sing.
The entire assembly floats away from the main wall by using a lattice of pine slats kindly donated to me by my ex-boss and great comrade Hassan. It used to be his kids bunk beds. Sometimes the voices of Samir & Rami call out to me as I blog late into the wee hours of the morning.
But I digress again!! Flu can do that to the best of people.
The floating assembly enables me to route power cables, RJ-45's, RJ-11's, Audio & Speaker Cables from the PC's to the various units on the upper shelf.
For Power, I have 4 extension strips under the main shelf with 6 multiconfiguration sockets (any plug in the world) giving me a sum total of 24 outlets. Why did I ever think that that would be enough? I ran out of sockets in the first year itself!!!
So all in, it's a great place to sit (or stand) and blog, check mail, browse the net and download music illegally.
4 stations for a family of 4. No one will ever have to fight for a PC in my house!!!!!
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
No gift this time Baby!!! Sorry!!
However let me say 'Thank You' for agreeing to go out with a boy 14 years ago on New Year's Eve.
A boy with barely a Dirham in his pocket, who wore your Father's Jacket & drove your Uncle's car to the Farm Party in Aweer.
Let me assure you however that the love that I professed for you that day, was all my own!!! That day will always remain the high point of my life!!! Marrying you was my 'Magnum Opus' and I only hope that I measure up to even a miniscule percentile of your expectations.
Thank you for the love, commitment and caring that you've provided me for all of these years!!!
Happy Valentine's Day to all who've been fortunate enough to find that 'special someone', and to those who've remained single in order to hold out for that someone, somewhere!!!
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Good citizens that we are, Lynda and I decided that once again it was up to us to singlehandedly save Bahrain's economy.
As always with all good sales, there was only rubbish on the racks and we did the customary tour of Debenhams/BHS/M&S/Mango & Zara
We all took our usual roles. Lynda - Spotting everything way too expensive and not on sale
Me - Bargain Whore!!
Aaliyah - Pest
Layla - Bigger Pest
Well, we did not get anything good except for my mother, whom I believe is probably the most fashionable Lady in the Women's Sodality!!! Any Sodality!!!!
On to Zara and I (yes - Me, not Lynda) wound up buying a Black Linen Suit. It must have looked good on me telling from Lynda's lustful looks. (Hey a man can dream!!!) Anyways. Liked it so much that I bought the one in Beige (Wheat??) as well. This I believe to be the biggest indulgence ever and I was quite guilty after that. For about 5 minutes.
OK. Will no longer do Gay posts. Promise.
Oh. Oh. Oh. Got two shirts one with tiny skulls & crossbones and the other Tuxedo style in black.
God!!! That was so Gay!!!
Wednesday, February 7, 2007
OK. So there's nothing more worse than all those people who audition for AI, believing that they're God's gift to the recording industry.
Or is there??
Lynda and I spend most of the year waiting for AI to start and when it does, we schedule everything else around it. We've even got the girls doing mock auditions with us playin Randy and Paula!!!!
Having said that, AI carried us through those first agonising months in Bahrain. Faced with options like the Absolute B**ch from next door and the Nazi who allowed me to apologise for my dog killing 'her' cat that I later found out to be stray, AI was still the better deal.
Go AI! Go Bo! Go Taylor!
BTW, the Neurotic B**ch has since moved to AUH. Should you run into her... please run into her!!!!
This was used by priests to wash their hands before celebrating the mass in the times prior to running water.
This is a very unique piece of furniture and will be quite a challenge to get up to spec. I managed to take apart the complete unit and it is partially assembled. There is some brass hardware that I will need to get cast. I have to look for a period sink to match the year as well as make up new resevoirs and splashbacks from GI sheet (maybe aluminium???)
There are even hidden towel racks recessed into the top unit with full extension sliding dovetails. Very clever for it's time.
I hope to complete this prior to the 'Big Move' and will update as and when I have something new.
Tuesday, February 6, 2007
Really, Why?? - Quite simply because I could!!!
Monday, February 5, 2007
This is my Grandfather's chair.
I remember him seated at this chair filling in his diary.
Good times - seems like a lifetime away!!!
When my Grandmother's house was sold to property developers, the furniture was divided among the siblings. I essentially took all that was considered scrap.
I carted this with me to Dubai and then to Bahrain where I managed to restore the chair. Unfortunately it's pair is in a worse state and can not be restored.
This is my Grandmother's Showcase.
This is a Prie-Dieu (Pray to God - in French) salvaged from Mount Mary's Basilica in Bandra, Mumbai.
Was is a terrible state when I got it, but saw it's potential and rightly enough.
It sits below our Altar Box holding one of Lynda's painting books.
I just love ecclesiastical furniture
Shout out here to Vinod - My carpenter, who interprets my madness for perfection down to the letter.
Saturday, February 3, 2007
So I thought that I'd snap off something witty, but witticisms are hard to come by when you really want to be witty.
Who am I - 38 years of age, married for 11, 2 kids aged 5 & 7.
It's a wonder that I found the time to start up a blog between dropping the kids off to school and sometimes collecting them.
And oh yes - I manage a small company. But only because I need the money to indulge in my hobbies of which I have so many.
BTW the keyboard on my laptop has lost it's F key. So in case you find any Typos. UCK O!!