Tater In India

Doing this on my phone from the hotel room. Please excuse typos.

We arrived at our hotel in Hyderabad at 5:30 PM local time yesterday. We didn’t have much time to do anything at all. We walked around the hotel, discovered the pool is closed for renovations and ate at one of the hotel restaurants. We were all boring and got boring American type meals. We all slept pretty good and feel like we have adjusted to the time change somewhat.

Our first full day started with the very nice breakfast buffet at the hotel. American hotels need to adopt this model and offer nice hot breakfasts for guests. We then Ubered(with our Indian government guide) to Golconda Fort.

After the fort we took a break and spent some time reading and watching TV in the hotel. We then called our hosts about going out to the Birla Mandir temple. We again Ubered our with a guide and visited the temple. We were not allowed to take electronics in, so all I have are pictures from the outside after the visit.

We then walked down a the temple to the government offices of our hosts where our guide had someone waiting with a car to drive us around the lake and back to the hotel.

We braved the walk across the street(traffic is crazy here) to the mall for dinner at the food court.

Tomorrow the conference starts so likely no tourism. My daughter and I will probably browse the mall and explore the rest of the hotel neighborhood and then relax. The welcome dinner will follow.

Thursday and Friday the cultural programs begin and we will be on a tour bus full of government auditors from other countries.

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I Have No Words

 

I’ve written and trashed two different posts this morning for various reasons. I’m having trouble concentrating on reading a book and I’m having trouble writing a coherent post. I guess it’s time to watch more TV.  Writing might come back some day. In the interim, please enjoy this picture of me walking a Cheetah.

 

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Photo Challenge – Beloved

This week’s photo challenge prompt was Beloved. This is an easy one for me. The most important thing in my life is my family. I can’t imagine life without my kids. They are what keep me going in the darkest of times. This photo is a combo of two of my favorite photos of my kids when they were little. I found them recently when scanning old pictures. They are 21 and 17(almost 22 and 18) now and I am close to an empty nest. I miss these days.

 

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via Photo Challenge: Beloved

Cut The Cheese

I’m not sure why this popped in my head yesterday, but since it did I will write about it.

I hate getting my picture taken. It doesn’t matter if it is a formal portrait setting or a more informal thing. I hate the way I look in most pictures and I especially hate the way I look when I smile so I don’t smile in posed pictures. I’ve been this way my entire life. Two examples, senior picture and more recent one:

I would have shared the one from my high school reunion, but I didn’t want to deal with asking people in the photo if I could put them in my blog.

Every time a picture of me gets posted on social media I always get the same responses:

“Smile, Alan!”

“You look so thrilled”

“Why don’t you smile?”

It is rather annoying. I’m never going to smile in a posed photo. I might be smiling in candid photos and then you can have the chance to post annoying comments about how surprising it is that I’m smiling.

I don’t like posed photos. I don’t like my smile. Your comments won’t change that.