For the first time I am coming to this post with little to tell you about India this week. I think the heat has hijacked my initiative – it was 115 in the shade on Friday. The paint on the streets is melting; I can’t open my front door without burning my hand; the air feels like a blow-dryer on my face.
A nice distraction though: my brother is visiting from Hawaii and he brought along four friends. It’s always fun to have a houseful of youth, especially when they pick up after themselves and don’t make crumbs. (In fact, I’ve hit the wall with crumbs – my new policy is to put them in the offender’s bed. George ended up with big chunks of banana bread under his sheets the other night and he has two grapes waiting for him tonight….)
My brother Cole was trained well at West Point and he leaves a minimal crumb footprint. He just defended his thesis at the East-West School but he’s dangling one little un-finished graduate credit so he doesn’t have to report to duty TOO soon – at least not until his travels through India, Nepal and Tibet are over. Then he reports to basic training in Georgia and Kentucky. Afterwards, he’s hoping that special forces will want his very special self . If not, then maybe he will follow our father into psychological operations. Cole would be GREAT at that. This was the kid who never gave in, gave up, or gave a rat’s ass if you punished him. He is stubborn personified and I promise you that he could make an argumentative Indian’s head spin!
I keep notes when I see something that I might share with you, such as this advertisement on a billboard in Delhi that I saw a few weeks ago: “Become an airline pilot in six months”. Of course, this is an embarrassing claim following the crash in Mangalore yesterday and now, investigations into flight safety, training and maintenance. The NYT did a nice, and very quick follow-up into flight safety here. Surprise, surprise – It appears the industry enjoys the national past time: corruption.
So, there you have my lazy entry. I promise something more of this place later this week. I want to visit the toilet museum – so stayed tuned!
Here’s a photo of my beautiful friend, Kristi who just turned 40. She and I celebrated by doing something that we NEVER do: we lounged in the middle of the day by the pool – with lots of trashy magazines and WITHOUT the kids. It was fun!
And… my little brother next to me and his crew of friends: