Sunday, September 10, 2006

A deep sigh for every wish not granted

In Pittsburgh. In a three bedroom rental townhome. Never lived in such a big home before so I have to keep reminding myself that those are my clothes in the walk-in closet and not that of my friend’s. That I don’t have to throw old jeans every time I buy a new one due to lack of space. I can ride a bike in the kitchen. I can finally own a dining table! This has been exhilarating. At the same time I am missing one key element. I have the space, but no one to occupy it other than just the both of us. We left our friends behind in Chicago. And that’s a trade off I am not willing to make. Take two of the bedrooms and give me my friends back. Give me the rocks on Lake Michigan back. Give me the white chocolate milkshake from Kafein and the retarded folks next door. I want to be able to peek into the lit up windows of every high rise building driving on Lake Shore Drive. I want to fall in love with the blue placid waters at the Montrose Harbor once more. I want to trip and fall on my skates when I suddenly recognize a Frank Lloyd Wright style of architecture. I want to sit in A’s house and talk to him till its dawn. I want to go back to a place I have known. I want this and much more.

30 comments:

WA said...

aaaawww. Hope this get better. Good luck in your new home

anantha said...

Awwww only! But you know you can call people whenever you want.

alpha said...

sure da...actually i don't even get quality time to wallow. The Chicago office has thulped with enough work that is making me sit like a loser here on a Sunday. so imagine if I was actually jobless..shudders at a huge senti post.

thanks WA, it sure will get better. am bugged with the amount of work and the fact that the new bathroom rug doesn't go very well with my taste.

Ash said...

Aww, well I'm sure it'll take a little time for yout to bounce back to your usual cheerful self :)

And it won't be long before you'll be waxing eloquent about Pittsburh !

alpha said...

Thanks Ashie for that hopeful thought. Do u know anyone in Pittsburgh that i can pile on?

Hardu said...

oohh..Don't worry. You will soon feel better. Just try thinking of your upcoming Europe and India trips and you will feel better.

BTW, why the word verification all of a sudden?

alpha said...

yes..made me cheerful already. since i am in full good mood now, tell me what you want from here.

will take off word veri when i come back to blogging full time...or else when i come from a long break and see 40 comments..i get all excited only to be maha pissed to see all spam!

Patrix said...

Pittsburgh has enough Indians to build a big ass temple (I bet saying that is blasphemy in some sectors of India) so no lack of desis.

I can dig up a few contacts by asking my brother (he was at CMU, remember?)

and don't worry about missing FLW architecture (Philip Johnson's 'glass building' totally sux though). His famed Falling Water is not too far from Pittsburgh. Drive out sometime; you won't be disappointed.

alpha said...

patty, I knew you'd be all over this FLW thing. But yeah, have to go for the falling Water darshan...waiting for you & Ash to stop by. Yeah, you expect me to loiter around the temple premises to pick up friends? desis arent a problem anywhere...it's just new place syndrome.

Zoheb said...

To all other readers. Bachha log, you dont get the message behind all this sentiyaapaa. This is a rich woman speaking lovingly about her former poverty and her former poor but true friends. Basically you are supposed to say "Awwwww .... look how rich woman still not hankering after wealth, bike rides in kitchen and old jeans". Last time I checked, nobody forced her out of Chicago. Just you waito for a while, she will be making fun of us GAP shoppers while she goes for a Gabbana.

d.n.a. said...

Passing clouds.....I just hope blue collared Pittsburgh is upto the task and can handle you.

Anonymous said...

If I may ask, why the move? What is Pi upto these days?

-Gamma

Anonymous said...

alpha:

uh oh, looks like beta has failed to pass on vital statistics to gamma.

"I have the space, but no one to occupy it other than just the both of us."

ham bolega to bologe kee boltaa hai ... ham kuchh naheen bolegaa.

"yes..made me cheerful already. since i am in full good mood now, tell me what you want from here."

i have heard umpteen times that it is men who fail to take a hint. err... is that really alpha or pi that said that?

for now, they are both 1-0. wait until the superbowl - you will say chicago where?

zo:

actually i was surprised that her memory for old places/friends did not get all the way to our poor des. when she gets to wall street, alpha will forget chitown too, don't worry.

- s.b.

alpha said...

zo: kaun hai be tu? Aur Gap shopper? yeeesssshhh! Must surely introduce another word verification to ward away the down trodden.

Abhey! Former poverty hoga tera kutta...I was earning quite enough to hold on to a one bedroom apartment in the heart of evanston ok! quite enough to drink white chocolate milkshake. kuch bhi bolta hai!

dna: Yes, I think we can handle each other.

anon: pi's new job dragged me here.

s.b: missed your comments for a while. i see the spark hasn't gone. see, if you read me long enough, you know our des holds the record for rekindling the paramount memory cells. but for now, windy city is what I miss. That's the place I have lived the longest in my life. 5 years! everyother place..a year or two...max 4.
regarding adding people in our house, bol do ki u need a place to stay when u visit with wife and kids.

Hardu said...

What I want from there? JUST YOU. :P Do I sound like a Lesbo? He he he

meenaa said...

they have great basketball out there as per my 12 year old....as for the big house- you could have houseguests- as many as you want..........and think about all the new weekend trips you could take to check out the neighborhood.

as for the negative- just when i was going to visit chicago- you move out.

Rationale said...

Enough of Chicago! Now tell us more about the Pitts!

itchingtowrite said...

1st time on your blog. loved & LOL on what u wrote on nicknames (anti-uncle was hilarious) and the diary written in Bihar. will read through the rest later

Chakri said...

alphoo,

if u miss chi and friends soooo much, how come the phone is never picked up??? grrrr....

Anonymous said...

I almost thought humour is the only emotion you can pen ... :-)

meenaa said...

sorry football team..........my bad

Anonymous said...

meenaa:

they had great basketball there too - but that was probably just around the time your 12-year-old started to talk :-). ok, i exaggerate (psst... when did mj finally retire? for once, i am too lazy to google)

- s.b.

Ravages said...

Oh you poor thing. Or not. I see that others have cheered you up enough. Any more, and you'll be positively fey.
Eppo vareil, indha pakkam? I promise to keep my phone in good working condition to recieve thy call.

?! said...

Write.

phatichar said...

Hmm...:)

Twilight Fairy said...

alphi, alaska!!! That's the closest u cd get to the finnish way of things :p :).
and u got disturbed with all that midnight sun? Well I guess when outside all the time it would be disturbing..but I kinda miss it..

alpha said...

hardu: too bad, thats all you r getting!

meena: chicago!!! dammit, why not earlier?

itching: thanks!

ravages: will be in chennai for a day if we are lucky.

chakri: owe you one man. just a phone call of course.

anon: where is your humor I say?

tf: yeah, sleep in a tent...you'll know.

?!: wroted!

rationale: yes ma'am!

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