Immovable force and an Irresistable Object

What happens when an ageing soccer warhorse attempts to block goalscoring efforts by the Varsity soccer team? According to my orthopedic physician, the least of my worries is a blowout of my anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments. Knee immobilizer, crutches, elevation, cold compress… they are parts of my life now!

I now appreciate how brave people with physical handicaps must be to venture into this bad world. Even in Boston, one of the most handicap-friendly transport systems, I was caught at wits ends many times. Frequent escalator service stoppages ensure that my long jump training didnt go waste- though long jump doesnt really prepare you for hopping up four flights of stairs!! Another big peeve – why is it that the T stop (the T is the Boston subway) servicing the largest hospital in New England, the Massachusetts General Hospital, does not have any provisions for handicapped people to reach the street level from the elevated platform. I went from hopping up four flights of stairs in the morning to hopping down four flights of stairs in the evening! Do they imagine that patients reach the hospital only in an ambulance? Its a shame!
On a related note, are there any good knees being sold on the market? I could use one, especially if it belonged to a Genius!
As to the answer to the first question, my good friend P filmed the whole episode! It will SOON be available on Google Video . A note of Warning – the video is graphic and NOT to be watched by the queasy and the faint-hearted. As one person told me after he watched it “After watching the clip, I feel twinges of pain everytime i bend my knee” Watch for the links!


A new meaning to the word "Ironman"

One of my professors at school, Park Wilde, has a wonderful blog on food and nutrition policy issues in the United States. Its called US Food Policy and one of the stories on the blog is this anecdote from Gary King at Harvard, talking about the need for control groups in research.

Its funny that the proportion of graduate and kindergarden (KG) students who got this right was similar. Given that KG students go on to learn more stuff – history, geography, biology and calculus, among them – is there a point where it all starts to go downhill?!!! As a doctoral student, I find myself at the bottom of that downhill slope. Does this mean that I have to go back to kindergarden after this? Or does it metaphorically mean that I will soon start the kindergarden of life?
Bring on the bib!


I was a Ring Keeper

Taking a cue from Varun V Nair, I found out that I closely resemble *trumpets, please* Galadriel.
The results are there for you to see:

Which Fantasy/SciFi Character Are You?

We think its the long locks, precious, but according to Legend, I am possessing a rare combination of wisdom and humility, while serenely dominating my environment!
“What an elfish fairy tale!”


Last night

I laughed a lot last night! I met a bunch of people at my friend M’s birthday party, some old friends, some who I knew by name and face, and some who I met for the first time! Laughter is a good cathartic, both emotionally and psychologically!
“’cause I’m as free as a bird now”
My next step? Save the World.. I am flying high on mighty wings (Anyone remember an obscure band in the Eighties named Cheap Trick?)
Before that, its Futsal (indoor soccer) time at Tufts University! Watch the Friedman School compete with the best of Boston to lift the Kings Cup. More details can be had here .
When:November 19th, Saturday
More When: 10:00am-4:00pm
Where: Gantcher Gym


I think, therefore I am

somber, empty
mood, dark
tears, hurt
deficiency, good
think, logic
catastrophe, peace
right, wrong
purpose, life
lost, wandering
partner, grow


Calvin & Hobbes

My favorite comic is Calvin & Hobbes, featuring the boy “genius” with a disregard for authority and a disdain for structure, and his tiger “friend”. I was introduced to them a long time ago, and they stayed with me because Calvin often eloquently put into words how I feel
Some are pure gems:
“I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart so long. If we’re in each other’s dreams, we can be together all the time.”
“Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us.”
“Talking with you is sort of the conversational equivalent of an out of body experience.”
“History is the fiction we invent to persuade ourselves that events are knowable and that life has order and direction.”
“That’s the difference between me and the rest of the world! Happiness isn’t good enough for me! I demand euphoria!”
“In my opinion, we don’t devote nearly enough scientific research to finding a cure for jerks.”
And my favorite
“I’m learning real skills that I can apply throughout the rest of my life … Procrastinating and rationalizing.”

What is funny is that, since reading this, I see flashes of Calvin in every kid I meet, making it seem that Calvin speaks for kids all over, tellig us, “the older people” to “watch it”

To sign off, in Calvin’s own words…
“It’s a magical world, Hobbes ol’ buddy…. Lets go exploring”