Bangalore - the ISKCON Temple
Trip Start Jan 07, 2006
17Trip End Apr 01, 2006
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I was woken by the ice cream truck doobell again. The guy who fixes the internet needed to print something out. I think it's like a power meter for how much power I've used here. Or how much power the whole building has used. I slept good and late today after being up until 6AM or so last night, chatting with Dave. We won't get to talk until Sunday - but that's fine. Tonight I meet Kelly, Carol and David, and it'll be good. Well, it looks like the internet guy screwed up my internet settings. So I have to ask they fix that tomorrow. I'm lucky I updated the blog last night. Work went well again last night. And it was good getting to IM chat with Steve, Chad and Dave when I got home. I didn't get to invite anyone out for dinner last night - since I had forgot about the telephonic training - so we just ordered pizza. Finally, with the construction noise I am hearing them cut what sounds like concrete blocks. Oh, tomorrow I need to be up to go to the Iskon temple
Duty Calls. Good Day.
Sunday February 5, 2006 - 12:50 AM
I just got home from having a good dinner with Kelly, Carol and David - we went to 100 Foot road - and had dinner at an "italian" restaurant, where I had Steak Diane for 230 RS (about $2.50 US) - and we all shared several bottles of wine and bottled water and various appetizers. The steak diane, tasted like steak, but not Diane (hardly any mustard or white wine flavor to it - but it was a good steak, definitely beef to it!) - it was good, but I couldn't manage to finish our meal, and poor Kelly wasn't feeling well, so she had to go home early
This was a very good Saturday night.
Duty Calls. Good day.
Sunday Februrary 5, 2006 - 12:20 PM
I'm up - and I should be showering, but I need to wait for the hot water to heat. Today Babu and I go to the Iskon Temple of Krishna. We had a great time last night. I feel like I could sleep some more - but I know Babu will be ringing me at 1:00
to pick me up and go to the Temple. I just hope my batteries still work for pictures, wherever I can take them there. Well, not much to write about
Monday February 6, 2006 -
So I made it to the ISCKON temple yesterday. I didn't realize until I got there that that is where all the Hare Krishna come from. So it was pretty cool. Like all the temples here, no photography was allowed, and you had to take your shoes off before you go in. But they had the little waiting maze like they do for amusement park rides - so I was standing there barefoot with about 150 other Indians and tourists, waiting for about ten minutes to go in. When they let us in - we first got to see this tiny little chapel to Krishna, where the acolyte would wave incence and fan the statue of Krishna with a horsehair fly brush. Then he'd blow into a conch shell - and an amazing amount of noise would come out of the shell that would reverberate within the temple. People were on their knees praying for divine intervention in the chapel - after an appropriate amount of time - the group began to shuffle up the stairs to the main Krishna sanctuary - which was much like a Catholic church in it's set up. It had paintings on the ceiling of parts of Krishna's life
Inside the Lohan statute, the monk's corpse is supposed to be rotting away. I could only tell since he was the ONE realistic looking statue in the whole place - and so realistic looking of an older man with a very beautific expression on his face. I sat for a few minutes on the mats with the group I came with just to contemplate, and soak it all in. Then I got up, and went thru the "gift shops" which they always have attached to their temples. The gift shops had some pretty nice things - I almost picked up a temple bell there. I picked up a post card for 10 R's. Then they also had these HUGE snack shops - they must feel that prayer is hungry work. And as I went down to the contemplation pond, the monks there wouldn't let me pass without taking a banana leaf full of rice mush. Then I went to the common area to pick up my shoes, and they had to direct me back to the parking area to pick up my shoes
After having scotch, and watching the TV there - I was the only one in the bar so early. I had Babu drive me to my Korean restaurant. It was still early enough that it was full of Korean people. I had a very good Korean Rib Stew - and afterward headed home. I called Dave and we chatted a bit.
It was pretty cool.
Well - I must have hot water by now. Duty and hot water are calling. Good Day.
Tuesday February 7, 2006 -
YEAH! I've got my internet back! It's been down the last 2-3 days, so I just spent the last 45 minutes or so updating friends at home on stuff. Not much going on today, but I slept late, with weird dreams. I can't remember many of them now. I was just so excited to have my internet back
Wednesday February 8, 2006 -
I had to wake up at 12:30 this morning, since today Babu and I have to find a notary to confirm my signature and then we have to find an over night mail place like Fed Ex to send some paperwork on a lien that's on my Dad's house. My mosquito bites still itch. And it's scheduled to be a VERY busy night tonight with training on Subrogation right around our dinner hour - so no Korean food, just nothing to look forward to. Last night was a VERY difficult night. Plus Kelly and I had to train the adjusters on how to complete this HUGE project, but it's going to get done.
I feel down today for no reason. I guess it might be lack of sleep since I was up until 6 AM and had to get up at noon ish. Well - not much to document or process today but that I'm tired and this foreign project is exhausting. Duty is calling. Good Day.
Thursday February 9, 2006 -
Today I feel good. I was afraid I didn't have any electricity, but I either managed to get the generator working, or actually fixed the tripped fuse box near the door just by flipping the main for the unit I'm staying in. No freaky dreams this morning. I'm rested, and don't have to meet Babu my driver until 4 PM today. Yesterday I got my papers for the Bond for Dad's estate notarized - and sent off via DHL. I am still not certain if I have email access today or not, but I felt I should process a little bit before I am disappointed if email is down. That whole process of notarizing a document took about 2 hours of searching with my driver (before I had even had my coffee and breakfast) - we went from one end of Bangalore to the other, starting with the embassy - which would only deal with Visa issues, going to a bank, and finally getting to a courthouse
Friday February 10, 2006 - 5:00 AM
OK, I've been updating here, while chatting with three people on the internet, and downloading pictures. Can you say TOO MUCH MULTITASKING! So anyways, tomorrow I need to get up early, so I have time to go to the Leela Spa, to get cleaned up before AJ's wedding. I still need to get a card, but I managed to pick up a nice Phillips rice cooker. I was scared when I watched them wrapping the rice cooker at the store, but it turned out pretty good. I still need to pick up a card for the couple. But while I would feel embarrased in the US if the gift didn't have a really extravagant bow on it - here, I'm just glad it at least has shiny mylar paper all over it. I also bought a new briefcase from HIDESIGN today at the Leela