6 February 2023

The gentleman who took a chance on me

It was early 2006. I had finished a few months with the company I had joined the previous year. The CEO – who was my manager – took me out for a lunch to my favorite dinner place. When I say my favorite dinner place, I mean the TGIF that was next to the Courtyard I stayed in because I did not want to venture out too far in the Boston cold. I lived in warm Dallas and trekked to Boston every week.

My dinner those days were two glasses of wine and some French Fries. Or as the aforementioned CEO lovingly called it “Dinner of the Champions”!!

After reviewing my performance, he dropped a big surprise on me – “I want you to move to sales and run sales. I think you will be good at it.” I was fairly taken aback. While I had run service sales before, this was the first time running product sales. And those breaks do not come too often.

I cannot speak for him how it worked out for him, it certainly worked out great for me. I can honestly say that in a big way that break made me who I am today professionally.

After many a moon, I got to meet that gentleman – Jonathan Colehower today at a Starbucks. There was a flurry of memories from the past that came back. The people, the customers, the investors and all the fun we had. I had not seen him for a very long time.

Of course, we had kept up thru phone calls in between. Thru his health crisis and his wife’s. It was heartening to see how the Colehower family trumped over the vagaries of life. It was especially encouraging to hear how his three daughters have grown up so successfully.

Jon still lives with his health crisis. And the conversation today of how he deals with it was another reminder to me about life being so much about what you make of it and not playing the victim card.

It was so good to see him doing well physically, professionally and most importantly, emotionally. He seemed happy with his lot. That, above all, is what we all strive for!

May your tribe increase, Jon!!

5 February 2023

From the bartender’s corner – Verrazano

From Bourbon and Boots:

The Verrazano cocktail is a mix of bourbon whiskey, dry vermouth, and herbal liqueur. It was created in the early 20th century for a New York bartender named Johnnie Solon. The cocktail is said to have been created for a banquet celebrating the completion of the Verrazano Bridge, which connects Staten Island to Brooklyn. This drink is named after Giovanni da Verrazzano, who was an Italian explorer and navigator who had explored New York Bay in 1524 and claimed it for France.

Bourbon Whiskey, Sweet Vermouth, Apricot Liqueur and Campari.

5 February 2023

38 degrees (so far) is the answer

The question is – what is the coldest temperature that I have ridden my bike in. Hit the highway at 70 mph today at 9:30am with temperatures at 38 degrees – the layering and heated gloves held up well. It was a short test ride (15 miles). The inside upper legs were getting cold since they were taking a direct hit from the wind. (I had three layers of pants on).

4 February 2023

What can we call this drink?

We know
vodka + orange juice = screwdriver
vodka + cranberry juice = cape cod
vodka + grapefruit juice = greyhound
vodka + tomato juice = bloody mary

But what is
vodka + tamarind juice ??

Made a cocktail of Spicy Tamarind Vodka (by Smirnoff) and Tamarind juice (by Iberia).

Came out very nice. Next time, I will put some Tajin salt on the rim. I think the salt will go well with the slight tartiness.

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4 February 2023

Heated gloves to the rescue!

The heated gloves have really opened up the aperture of temperatures I can ride the motorcycle in. It was high winds and low 40s. Yet, other than the slight discomfort of so many layers making quick movement of the arms and legs difficult and some cold wind still making it thru the helmet gaps, the rides are as enjoyable as spring or fall ones!

4 February 2023

Rewind-Pause: Kids we grew up with

This is from nearly 20 years back. I think this was Natasha’s birthday at the Sandy Lake Park. The small girl on the top right corner of the picture in pink dress is Natasha.

I have kept up with most of the kids except the one on stereo left. I think that is Salil and Geetika’s son. Need to figure out what he is up to.

4 February 2023

Spotlight on Art 2023

Most of the year I do a lot of math. And then once a year I go to Trinity School for their art show to get a bit of culture injected into me. Actually, it is more the free wine than any culture.

It was delightful to see our Midwick neighbors – Andrea, Diane, Heida and Gail show up there. And then my good friend of nearly 15 years – Hunt and his wife Mary-Elizabeth!!

Check out my name tag!!

3 February 2023

Puzzle for old times’ sake

12 years back, on my way back home from DC, I used to post a puzzle almost every week. Doing the same today.

A little background… This week, in Chicago, Deval gave me a little gift. Apparently, she was in a store that sells calendars and came across a calendar that a math problem for each day. Somehow I came to her mind!!

And this is the first problem I saw on the cover page.

You remember mod right? It is the remainder remaining after you do a division. So 27 mod 6 would be 3.

The puzzle is:

15113 mod 113 = ?

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