Tuesday, 1997-06-10 Trip Report #3
In the paper this morning, I saw a note about "Monsoon reaches X"
(where "X" is some city I didn't recognize). Oh oh.
Today I started teaching internals (in the morning). I started
by mentioning that Sees Candy is a 3000 user ... and then gave the
students the two boxes of Sees Candy I brought from California.
That went over well, and the candy was gone by lunch time.
Gopi took me to lunch (at the Chimney).
After lunch, I did a two hour "philosophy of VSM/MM" talk, which
was video taped. There were about 5 power outages during this.
I then had a 1.5 hour "3000s at customer sites" talk, discussing how
various customers use the 3000.
I left the building around 6:30 PM. It had just started to rain.
I went to the street to get a taxi. Eventually, an empty one came
by, and 3 other guys tried to hire it "on the meter". The driver
shook them off. I said "how much for Windsor Hotel?". He said
20, I said ok. By being willing to spend an extra 5 rupees, I had
a dry seat in the taxi, instead of being caught in the downpour
that broke loose about 2 minutes later. Remember: about 36 rupees
I got back to the hotel, where they were having a "Kebab Festival"
(it had been mentioned in the Asia Times newspaper, which is how I
found out about it!) So, I had a couple of kebabs (seekh kebab,
(minced lamb sausage, cooked in a tandoor), and shammi (?) kebab,
a really minced lamb plus ? (flour?), deep fried (very tasty). I also
had garlic naan .. wow, a *lot* of garlic (tasted great!).
The festival started a bit late, because they tore it down when the
downpour started at 6:30, and set it back up again at 7:20 or so.
About 9:30 PM, the phone rings ... a voice in halting English
(probably a Chinese speaker) says "hello? Mr. Stan? With HP?"
And starts to tell me how thankful he was for the interview. I'm
thinking ... who is this, and am I supposed to be giving or getting
the interview? Finally, I find out he wants "Mr. Dan" with
HP Singapore ... who, I guess, is also staying at the Windsor Manor.
So ... he says "so sorry" about 10 times, and hangs up.
About 10:30 PM, the phone rings ... a voice in halting English
says "hello? Mr. Stan? With HP?" ... yep.
This time, after saying "wrong number", I called the operator and
said "hi, I'm not Mr. Dan from HP Singapore" :)
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