Saturday Small Talk: Chat Away While I Have Adventures!

Happy Saturday! I am at the airport waiting for the sun to come up, fun times!

Forget movie news, I just want to chat about my adventurous youthful life!

As usual, I was mildly stressed and worried about this trip until I hit that 12 hours before leaving window and suddenly it was all locking in to place and I could stop worrying about things not working out because they were happening. I was also stressed because, with the dawn flight, I decided to go totally caffeine free yesterday which is HORRIBLE.

See how Shahrukh is saying he just wants one glimpse of Aish? That’s how I felt looking at the coffee machine. Just one sip! One small sip!

Anyway, got last minute groceries, finished packing, then dropped Albie Dog off with the nice people who are dogsitting him (3 daughters under 12, he’s gonna be in heaven), came home and did my big shower/hair wash, ran the dishwasher, took out the trash, reserved a cab for 4:15am, laid out my clothes for the next day, and went to bed promptly at 7:30pm, setting my phone for 4am.

Dogsitter has three daughters, so I am picturing this song, but with a small dog running around them all the time in happiness

Because my internal body clock is freakishly efficient, my eyes popped open at 3:30am. Gave up and got up, and then debated whether I should make coffee at home or not since I had extra time. Finally decided to do it and started the percelator, just as I got a message that my cab was on the way. Stood there in my coat and holding my bag watching the percolator, finally finished and guzzled my coffee then ran down to the cab.

Me and my all too short reunion with coffee

Which turned out good because it was a perfect ice breaker! I got a nice cab driver (I mean, all cab drivers are nice, but this one was extra nice) and I apologized for making him wait and explained I was trying to finish my coffee, he apologized to me and was all ready to drive through Dunkin’ on the way and buy me coffee, this turned into a general discussion of early flights versus later, airport coffee prices, and so on and so forth. Lovely 20 minute drive to the airport (normally a 40 minute drive, but there’s no traffic at 4am!) with pleasant conversation, then I got here and just breezed through check-in and security, and now I am sitting at my gate writing this and testing out my new noise canceling headphones. Which are so-so for noise canceling (I don’t care about airplane white noise, I want cancellation for the random laughter and conversations around me), but very good sound quality.

Of course I’m using this beautiful high quality sound to listen to trash like Yo Yo Honey Singh that would sound basically as good coming through my old 7/11 headphones

As of yesterday when everything started coming together last minute, the plan is that I will land in New York and then take a “ride share” (for the first time in my LIFE! New York is so exotic. And I’m a little nervous, because I love my cab drivers and I don’t know about these weird ride share drivers) over to my cousin’s apartment, because turns out she lives near the airport and is free on Saturday morning, both of which I did not know until yesterday afternoon. Hang out with her for a little bit, then head to Jersey to meet up with Jersey people for snack, chat, movie, dinner. Then talk to my New York people and firm up Sunday plans, and go to bed very very early. Because, woke up at 3:30am.

This is not me. I am the person living next door wishing they would all go away and let me sleep

Loads for you all to unpack here and talk about while I travel, like, what is your preferred airport timing? Do you also like dawn flights for low traffic and easy security lines?

Do you also love cab drivers?

If I take a ride share, will I be kidnapped and/or murdered?

If I wear my 30 year old $7 thrift store wool coat in New York, will I be cool or dowdy? And does that matter, if I know for sure I will be warm?

Do I need to listen to this song on repeat the entire time I am riding New York public transit, just for luck?

11 thoughts on “Saturday Small Talk: Chat Away While I Have Adventures!

    • Thank you! It’s pretty great so far, really wonderful random meet up with my cousin this morning (I got in touch with her totally last minute and we were able to squeeze in a meetup between everything else), then smooth trip to New Jersey and meet-up with Emily, and now just set up great plans with Molly and Carol for tomorrow. Oh, and Albie Dog is happy at his sitters, so that’s good too.

      On Sat, Feb 29, 2020 at 11:01 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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  1. If you end up seeing the movie The Photograph this weekend and have time to comment, please post your thoughts or mini review here in the comments (assuming it doesn’t get its own post since it’s not an Indian film). It would be interesting to compare and contrast it with Indian film or with imtiaz ali films.

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    • Heck, how about compare and contrast with the Hindi language “Photograph”? Just for fun.

      Looks unlikely, the schedule is quickly filling up, but I still have it in my back pocket in case I want something fun and non-Indian to watch.

      On Sat, Feb 29, 2020 at 12:24 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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  2. Getting an early flight is objectively better, since most of the time it’s less crowded and, since I’m usually flying internationally, a daytime flight is easier on your body. That said, I haaaaaaaaate early flights. I just can’t sleep the night before and something about leaving at dawn seems so bleak and lonely. I’d much rather leave in the evening and have a leisurely day packing, cleaning, and relaxing.

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    • See, my thing is that I always have to pack the day before, even when it is a late flight. I just get too stressed doing it all the same day, like I’m gonna forget something. But with the early morning flight, I could shower and pack and stuff and go straight to bed and then straight awake and to the airport, no time to second guess myself or anything.

      If I were a millionaire, I would go for 8am or 9am flights, get the advantage of first thing in the morning flights without having to get up and out in the dark. But who is able to pay those prices???

      On Sun, Mar 1, 2020 at 2:18 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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  3. This is for Popka:

    Also, I saw Shubh Mangal etc. in a nice working class theater in Andheri and while I completely agree with your critique of the film it was so much fun seeing it with an Indian audience! People screamed and clapped when Ayushmann and Jeetu kissed and they (and me) were screaming with laughter during the first half. Second half was way too preachy and too long but at the very end when Ayushmann reconciles with Gajraj Rao I heard people crying in the theater. So it was a pretty great moviegoing experience even though I could definitely nitpick the film to death. From what I understand it opened strong and did very well in urban areas but is dying in the rest of the country and won’t break 100 crores. 😦

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    • Yaaaaaay, movies in Indian theaters! And yaaaay, someone else who saw the movie and feels kind of the same way as me!

      You got me curious to check the overseas figures, and it is doing very very well overseas. So the guess that it would give the diaspora that feel good nostalgia with a little dose of “look how progressive we are (in this one area)” was correct.

      On Sun, Mar 1, 2020 at 7:06 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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