Advice from United agent: Walking is not so bad for you

Here I am, sitting in the United pop up lounge by gate 124 at Newark airport, slightly dismayed at the health advice proffered to me by Dr United Lounge Attendant.  This young lady, whose job it is to sit all day and check in guests, advices me that walking is actually good for me.  Her opportunity to advice came up when I asked her, would there be a new regular United lounge closer to the new Polaris lounge?

This question came up because United recently decided to convert the regular United lounge in the main concourse of C terminal to Polaris lounge.  Polaris lounge is only available to regular United flyers if one is flying international in Polaris class.  So, now regular United flyers like me have to go to the lounge close to Gate 74 or Gate 124 to enjoy the amenities.  This ends up being a significant inconvenience if your gate is any where other than close to 74 or 124, which was the case this morning (Gate 107).

Reality is, good advice for the charming United lounge attendant…

Philadelphia Airport

If you are traveling to Philadelphia through Philadelphia airport, here are a few things to know.

The airport baggage claim a little further out from normal airports.  You have to cross the lanes that feed departure area, the train tracks and get to the other side where you can catch ground transportation, or go across to the parking area.  So, unlike most airports where arrivals and departures are essential in the same building, be ready for a little bit of a walk to pick up your bags and find ground transportation.Rental cars are available right outside the airport, across the area where ground transportation and parking area is.  If you have Budget, Avis or Hertz, you may not even need to wait for the shuttle as you could literally walk across the parking lot into these car rental places.  Mind you - there is a road that needs to be crossed, and this can get tricky if you have bags or kids.  On the other hand, if you have Enterprise or National Car rental, they are not easily access…

Learning from your mistakes

Man:  Guruji, how do I learn about my mistakes.

Guru: Identify one mistake in your wife and tell her to correct it.
In response she will help you identify all your mistakes along with those of your family and your friends.

It's that easy.

Rafting down Colorado river

In the past, I have visited Grand Canyon twice.  Once I was there by myself, and another time I took my parents and my uncle, Mr. RS Tiwari when they were visiting me in the US.  Both times I went to the southern rim and on both time I didn't go down to the canyon itself.  Each time however, I was filled with wonderment at this amazing architecture of nature and wondered to myself, how cool it would be to travel down the Colorado river on a raft.

And so, I put it on my bucket list.  I promised myself, I will raft down Grand Canyon in this lifetime.

Amazingly, that day now seems near!!

Last year, I sent a note out to my close friends asking them if any one would like to join me on my dream trip.  I received one response - enquiring just how difficult the trip might be, but beyond that, nothing.  Clearly, rafting down Grand Canyon is not every body's cup of tea.

But one can't be deterred by lack of enthusiasm of others!!  This bucket list is mine, and so I should take the o…

What better way...

It's summer Sunday (June 25), and both girls are home.  But both are busy, one is busy playing computer games and the other has her laptop open working on Geometry AP class home work.  So what is a lonely dad to do?

Spent the morning watching India - West Indies cricket match.  India won.

What now?

Dusting off the old paint brush seemed like a good idea.

Let's see how far I go with this.  Lots of white space to cover.  It should easily kill one lazy Sunday.  May be more!

June 29 - Update

This is still work in progress.  A few finishing touches need to be added, but its getting there.  Still not satisfied with the wall... wonder if I should paint it all grey, or yellow and grey looks ok.  The blinds need to be painted some more and the plant.  Perhaps the back edge of the table needs some work.

101 Cookbooks - a great little resource

I am putting this link here mainly because I know my cousin and a fellow food lover Ity periodically checks this blog to look through the entries, but I am sure does not go through the links in the side panel.  
This particular entry on 101 Cook books, Rice Cakes Health Snack is definitely worth a try.  
Ity, hope you enjoy read 101 Cook books blog.

Skiing in Aspen and an important lesson learned

For the longest time I have been thinking of taking kids skiing in Colorado mountains, but the occasion never came. So this spring, we decided to skip Dallas and go to Aspen. Both Jaya and Jiya got excited about skiing and ended up taking lessons. Jiya took two days of lessons while Jaya decided that one day was enough for her.

In her excitement for skiing, Jiya did not mention that the boot we had rented for her was too tight. Day 1 was fine, but by the end of day two, her foot was starting to hurt and she had to take a lot of breaks. Jiya was so active during the lessons that the instructor too didn't notice that her foot was hurting. On day 3 we had agreed that she would ski with me to show me the skills she had learned. Alas, this is when we found out that her foot at this point was hurting so bad that she could not ski down with me.

When I found out how she had been toughing it out for two days, we had a little chat about why it is important to tell mom and dad about p…

Dallas, Beautiful Dallas

© Sunil Joshi | Williams Park, University Park, Texas

Before moving to Dallas, I knew very little about this town.  I had travelled all over the country, but had spent very little time in Dallas.  When I did come to Dallas, it was usually for an in-and-out affair at an airport hotel or downtown hotel.  As a result, I didn't really come to appreciate Dallas.

But now that I have lived here for over a year, I can tell you, Dallas is a fabulous city - a city that has a lot to offer to young and old, culturally minded as well as outdoorsy times.  As you go around the city downtown you will realize that Dallas is growing leaps and bounds in every direction.  The number of sky scrapers going up in the downtown area are enough to make one's head spin.  And now with AT&T deciding to stay in its downtown headquarters and invest in renovating the downtown Global HQ and near by area, downtown Dallas is bound to become one of the best downtowns in the country.

But Dallas is not one c…