Archive | October, 2012

Speak at Capital City Kiwanis Club

29 Oct

Speak at Capital City Kiwanis Club
Monday, October 29, 2012
Golden Corral, Tallahassee, FL

I was invited to speak at the Capital City Kiwanis Club by its current President Ms Janet. They called me since regularly scheduled speaker couldn’t make it.

I spoke about Asian Coalition of Tallahassee and India Association of Tallahassee and efforts these two organizations are taking to inform and promote the cultural and artistic talents of people from Asia and India.

I spoke for 20 minutes and took some questions. The total time was about 30 minutes.


Bring the car home

21 Oct

Tow the car

Sunday, Oct 21, 2012

6:15 AM at UCT in Mahan Drive

Early this morning my insurance company sent an e-mail about the availability of the tow truck (I had requested it around 6:00 AM). Then I went to UCT and waited for the tow truck.

There was a phone call letting me know of the tow truck’s dispatch. Within 10 minutes the tow truck guy called me and located me at the parking lot of UCT. He looked at the car’s driver side back wheel and depth of the ditch.

He connected two metal chains to the front of the car. He asked me to start the car and put it in neutral. He started to pull the chains. He then told me to turn the steering wheel all the way to the right. As he slowly pulled the car gently came out of the ditch. We were done in less than 10 minutes

I then drove my car back home leaving behind Bhanu’s car for later pick-up (I drove to the location in Bhanu’s car)

Durga Pooja 2012

20 Oct

Durga Puja 2012
Bengali Association of Tallahassee
Saturday, Oct 20, 2012; 6:15 to 9:45 PM

We all three of us went and participated in the 2012 Durga Pooja event organized by Tallahassee Bengali Association.
The event was scheduled for the whole day. However, due to VTS’ classes and Bhanu’s work we went only for the evening program.
There was an “aarthi” at around 7 PM and there was a cultural program consisting of songs, dances, skits, and instrumental music.
Then around 8:30 PM we all went and had dinner. We then took some pictures of the fiber-glass goddess and gods brought by the Association from West Bengal.
Just before we left my car got stuck in a ditch and one my friends gave ride home. I contacted my car company and got a tow truck scheduled in the morning.

Black Belt Award Ceremony

11 Oct

Black Belt Award Ceremony

Thursday, October 11, 2012; 5:30-6:30 PM

Element 3 Church, 3540 Mahan Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32308

Today evening, VTS and I went to Element 3 church to attend the Black Belt Degree 1 Level 1 ceremony. Bhanu had taken time from her work and came directly to the church. Since VTS’s friend needed to attend another school event we wanted to get the award ceremony combined with lower aged kids (just like the testing done last week). So VTS and his friend got their black belt during the ceremony held between 5:30 and 6:30 PM.

The instructor called on the black belts sooner than he would have done since the black belt had to attend a school function.

Since this is the first black belt the parents/guardian are required to give a talk about their child’s achievement. The ceremony itself went well.I had prepared a speech and vetted it with VTS and gave the talk. I spoke about VTS’ perseverance and dedication TKD.

Then Bhanu and VTS left home. I stayed back and attended other belt awards. Finally we took couple of long-time friends to Nuberri frozen yogurt place on 101 North Blair Stone Road.

Eighth Annual Experience Asia Festival

6 Oct

Eighth Annual Experience Asia Festival

Saturday, October 06, 2012; 10 AM to 5:15 PM

Bloxham and Lewis Parks, Downtown Tallahassee

Tallahassee, Florida

Prepare Experience Asia Festival Site

5 Oct

Site preparation for Experience Asia Festival

Friday, October 05, 2012; 3-6 PM

I took half-day off and went to Bloxham and Lewis Parks and helped out half a dozen volunteers in preparing the site for tomorrow’s event. We measured out the areas for vendors, ACT members, and food carts. Then we marked the areas with orange, pink, and yellow strings. Another group of volunteers put the numbers corresponding to the vendors and booths.

We moved garbage cans to the proper locations. We put recycling cans at proper locations. Then around 6 PM, I left for home.

Black Belt Testing

4 Oct

Black Belt Testing

Tallahassee Tae Kwan Do Academy

2785 Capital Circle NE, Tallahassee, FL 32308

Today VTS and couple of his friend who went through the Tae Kwan Doe training from Green belt onwards test for the Black Belt Level 1 as a Red Belt Level 3 candidates. VTS had to test a early date of Thursday, Oct 4, 2012 instead of the regular test date of Saturday, Oct 6, 2012 since that regular date fell on Experience Asia Festival and SAT test date.

Since VTS wanted to early testing, couple of his friends who went training together for first degree black belt level 1 were also interested in testing with him. So after the kids and youth class students completed their testing, our group tested.

All the three did well on the form, the broke the board on their second try (out of the three tries) and did well on agility course and the counter aggression skills.

Hopefully, they all passed. We didn’t hear anything to the contrary.