Monday, March 27, 2006

Part II of 'his' CV

(Part I of 'his' CV can be found here).
  1. I never understood poetry, and haven't read any since I was forced to in high school.

  2. My life has been profoundly influenced by the work of the noted philosopher Howard Stern.

  3. Opera sucks. My all-time favourite TV show is South Park.

  4. My literary pursuits are limited to reading Time Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and USA Today.

  5. The only language I speak is Bangla. Frankly, my Bangla sucks.

  6. I avoid confrontations like the plague.

  7. I don't know how to swim.

  8. I love watching sports on TV. I hate playing sports.

  9. The only exercise I ever get is walking between my car and office (a distance of about 150 yards).

  10. My social life revolves around my web-surfing activities.

  11. One of my ambitions when I retire is to learn how to make french fries.

  12. I like making lists. That is my only true hobby. Pretty pathetic, eh?

Thursday, March 23, 2006

It was skiing time in Austria

I just came back from Austria. The primary purpose of the trip was to attend a conference and to present a paper, however, I don’t think in distant future this visit will be remembered for that. I went skiing for the first time. It was a remarkable experience. I looked really cool with the skis, ski-boots, ski-jackets, goggles and cap wrapped around me. It is a fantastic sport. I was amazed to see small kids negotiating sharp bends so easily while I stood ridiculous on a much easier slope, fell down quite a few times when trying to turn which were not at all deep, evoked giggles in the fellow skiers and so on. But anyway, when I think back I find that it was too much of an expectation on my part to ski like an expert on the first attempt. More so when, by a stroke of ill luck, I twisted my ankle heavily the day before the skiing day. Now imagine that, with a large swelling on a weak ankle, you put on those heavy ski-boots with all other appendages, go to the mountain slope and eventually expect that you will be able to throw a stiff challenge to all other experienced skiers. Grow up.