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What a day, what a day! [Aug. 30th, 2007|11:08 pm]
Arvind Narayanan
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So Las Vegas set me back a thousand bucks even for the car, a little under two grand in all, 4 days in time, but much wiser in more ways than I care to detail here. Many memories, fond and bitter. It was like two weeks, but on fast-forward. It's a little ironic that I now know that city better than most people do. I'm in Flagstaff, AZ for the night. Didn't get too far, but glad to be finally out of Vegas.

I thought West Texas was intimidating, and boy was I wrong. But I now realize even Nevada can't hold a candle to Arizona in the terrifying-desolation department. Let me explain in Douglas Adams's words:
Infinity itself looks flat and uninteresting. Looking up into the night sky is looking into infinity — distance is incomprehensible and therefore meaningless. The chamber ... was anything but infinite, it was just very very big, so that it gave the impression of infinity far better than infinity itself.
The desert of Nevada is like infinity. The mountains of Arizona, on the other hand, while equally sparsely populated, rise all around you in sublime majesty, and therefore do a much better job of making you feel the unimaginable vastness of your surroundings and the magnitude of your loneliness.

It was on the curving roads of these mountains that I was driving tonight in a wind storm, and later a thunderstorm, as usual way behind on sleep. I lost my concentration for a while with my foot on the gas pedal and didn't regain it until I noticed the needle a tad over 90 mph. At that moment I knew I was truly scared for my life. Hence the decision to stop at Flagstaff. Which means more Arizona tomorrow. Bummer. I still don't know what New Mexico's like.

I shouldn't have made fun of the Caravan so much the other day. Now that my car (a Mercury Sable) is back in my hands, I realize even the Caravan is better in terms of turning radius. I truly despise the Sable now. On my last day in Vegas I traded in the Caravan for a Chevy Cobalt, which I've driven once before, and as expected it was wonderfully zippy and handled great. One thing's for sure - no more American cars for me.

Anyway, long drive ahead tomorrow. Two timezones to cross. I'm going to try to catch up on sleep now.
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[User Picture]From: skthewimp
2007-08-31 07:37 am (UTC)
ok now you were jobless in Las Vegas for 4 days while the car was being repaired. and still ended up short of sleep?

and you're on some cross country (ok half of it) drive is it? san jose to austin or soemthing?

adn why did you post this twice?
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[User Picture]From: arvindn
2007-08-31 02:38 pm (UTC)
Can anyone be truly jobless in Vegas? Sorry that's a little cryptic, but I must leave it at that.

And yes, I'm getting back to Austin from the bay area.

Sorry about the double posting. Must have hit post twice or something. Fixed.
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[User Picture]From: solzaire
2007-08-31 08:10 am (UTC)
been quite an interesting journey man (to read ;-))
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[User Picture]From: arvindn
2007-08-31 02:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you, thank you :)

Storytelling is one of life's simple pleasures, both for the teller and the listener.
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-09-01 01:38 pm (UTC)

Car purchasing 101

In the first place, why do you go for a car like Mercury Sable? Didn't anyone around you ask you to go for reliable Japanese cars or at least not to go for American cars especially if you are a grad student and you are buying a used one? Personally, I won't take it even if I get it free. Mercury is a brand of Ford and that is enough reason not to buy it.

BTW, what exactly was wrong with your car? How many miles did it have on it?
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[User Picture]From: arvindn
2007-09-02 09:20 pm (UTC)

Re: Car purchasing 101

Yeah. I knew all that even when I was buying it. And yet I bought a Mercury Sable.

Stupid is as stupid does.
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