13 February 2012

Lion King

So, how do you tell your Jewish friend not to worry? “Hanukkah Matata” πŸ™‚ I know it is terrible but that is the after effect of all those cold medicines making me doozy as the seven year old watched Lion King for the first time in her life!!

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4 February 2012


One more gem from 7 year old Nikita. Sharmila was walking on my legs to massage the calf muscles after a run as I lay on the floor. At some point, she had stepped right behind my knee – so I started yelling – “My ACL” (you have to be somewhat of a running geek to know the knee ligaments). Nikita, who was within earshot distance quietly asked Sharmila – “What is ACL? Is that his private parts?”. I was like “Go back to your Disney channel” and could not get off the floor laughing for a few minutes… πŸ™‚

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3 February 2012

Qualifications to be a President

One more of those memorable comments from 7-year old Nikita. After a tiring week, I came back home and was relaxing with the newspaper when she came and asked me what I was reading. I said “Politics”. She pressed me for details. So, I told her – “It is about who will be our next President”. Curious how much she has learnt already, I asked her if she knew if I could stand for Presidential elections (I was not born in USA). She correctly pointed out – “No”. Impressed, I asked if she could explain why. She offered “Because you are not good enough?” πŸ™‚

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29 January 2012

Not to be jinxed…

Last night Sharmila was lecturing me on why at least on the weekends I should sleep in and not wake up early. I asked her how else did she think I would get all the things done that I get done – speaking of which I asked her if she had noted I had started doing all the dishes every weekend without even she asking me to. And how come I never got Thanks? Her memorable response – “I was afraid if I talk about it, it will get jinxed” πŸ™‚ I canceled the alarm πŸ™‚

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28 January 2012

Changing your last name…

Last night, one more of those funny conversations ensued with my seven year old Nikita. I asked her if she would change her last name after she got married. Without even thinking, she said No. Curious, I asked, Why? Perhaps, because mommy did not change either? Pat came the reply – “No. I am sure I will land up marrying somebody with a funny name like Johnson Blackberryhead”. That pretty much settled it for me πŸ™‚

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13 January 2012

NFL teams

Last night, after landing from DC, Tasha, Niki and I were having dinner together and we started naming all the NFL football teams. We started from the West going East – Seattle, San Francisco, Oakland, San Diego and were already moving to Denver and Arizona, when Nikita piped up “Does San Diego have a lot of electronics?”. Tasha and I were like – “What? Why? …. Oh!” and then we were on the floor laughing….

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11 January 2012

Striking a balance

Getting back into the hotel after the run by Potomac, I noticed a bunch of high schoolkids in the lobby (visiting DC). Then I walked into the elevator with another lady who seemed to come from the crowd. What followed was really funny.
Trying to be polite, I apologized for sweating and asked if she is with the kids. “No. I am not that young”. I had a real weird feeling about it. So, I hastened to clarify – “No, no, I meant are you a teacher or chaperone”. She quickly retorted “No. I am not that old either”.
I am like – can I have my original weird feeling back? This is worse πŸ™‚

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