Non Resident Alien

This is a chronicle of my tragi-comic life as a foreigner in the United States. My official status when I started school in 2004, was that of a Non-Resident-Alien and that's where the title of the blog is from. My status has changed to Resident Alien since then. My personal experiences are a unique roller coaster mundane everyday experiences for locals, but unique from the eyes of a foreigner. I started this blog to share some of my experiences beginning my third year living in this country.

Monday, November 20, 2006

West Virginia Chainsaw Massacre

This past saturday I was at Tyler Watts' house in West Virginia(WV) chopping wood. WV is beautiful. Its a little over an hour's drive from my house and the drive was amazing. I had a few more first experiences. Firstly I was chopping wood and then I also used a Chainsaw. The latter (see picture) is a mechanical tool to cut wood, and it was so heavy!! The whole experience was great and my arm and back are sore two days since. We felled a whole tree with an axe and a chainsaw and pulled it out using Tyler's truck. It was like in the movies, only this time I was in it. I was initially a little afraid that I might hurt Noah or Tyler with the chainsaw, but it went alright. It was not very difficult to manage. If only I had been able to bear the weight of it, I think I may have cut some more wood with it.
I remembered again how much I hate living in the city and how much more pleasing it is to live in the country where your closest neighbour is 10 miles away, the road home is a dirt road, and you can actually hear the birds and the wind rustling through the leaves rather than the hum of highway traffic.
The most beautiful part of the whole day was Emma, Tyler's one year old. She is the most adorable baby I have seen in a while. She was very well behaved and in the 5.5 hours that we were there she did not cry once. She is very friendly, generous and beautiful. She was not at all concerned that I was a stranger and readily came to play with me while her mother did things around the house.
I wish I had pictures!! I forgot to take my camera when I left, so for now these remain "the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings from emotions recollected in tranquility"

Monday, November 13, 2006

Ooow!! Burn!!

I usually do not like posting just about other blogs, but this one was too good to pass up. Especially at a time when I am fighting my daily battles just to be able to think and come up with a nice paper idea. Read it here and enjoy!! FYI.. the Republican party is like the BJP.


Saturday, November 11, 2006

Creative Americans

One of the things I adore about America and Americans is how much they enjoy making fun of themselves. Its all in the game. This allows for a lot of creative ideas to flow freely. Watch the following clip and read the story behind it here. Be sure to watch the videos in the link as well!!


Ali Jee turns 23..Kaachow!!

My dear friend Ali turns 23 today. For about a week Brian and I had wanted to give him a surprise party, but could not find time to plan one. However, the evening evolved the following way. Brian called him around 10:30 pm and asked him if he wanted to join him at Ihop. I hid in the tuck bed while Brian picked up Ali, and yelled surprise as soon as they started moving. Wish I could have captured the expression on Ali's face. He was indeed surprised. Just 20 mins back I had made my reconnaisance call to make sure he was home and doing nothing. We picked up Pizza and went to Brian's house where we had the next surprise for Ali. Brian was very thoughtful and bought him the Disney DVD Cars which had come out last week. So, we gave him the DVD and he was obviously so excited. It is one of the best birthday surprises I have (not) planned!! Happy Birthday Ali!!!
BTW!! I finally fulfilled my wish of riding in Brian's truck bed. Here's what I looked like to people inside the truck!!


Friday, November 10, 2006

Meet my family in America

There are a few members missing, but this is my family in America. Starting from bottom right Eli, Olivia, me, pa, mom, Hava, Adam, Cousin John and Noah!! We had a blast yesterday night at my place. I haven't seen them in almost a year and it was so much fun to have them around and hang out with them. For those who do not know the story, this is Noah's family. They welcomed me into their hearts and home last year when I spent Christmas with them. I met them a complete stranger and in a week became part of the family. It is wonderful to have such a loving family especially for those of us who are so far away from home!!


Friday, November 03, 2006

Begin the weekend with Borat

One of the occupational hazards of being with some of my American friends is that I have become numb to usage of bad words. I still cringe, but I have learned to filter such words out in their company. From time to time I enjoy being part of pop culture in America. Over the past few months Adam introduced us to the videos of Sacha Baron Cohen as Ali G and Borat. The latter movie was released today and we went to see it. Compared to the small snippets we saw, the movie was a big let down. There were some good moments, but for me the whole show was marred by some crass humour which I could not laugh at. If you had plans to see it, I strongly recommend against it!!

The one very nice thing about hanging out with the guys is that there is a lot of spontaneity. After the planned trip to Costco we decided to hang out and see another episode of Firefly. To me the TV series is to be experienced with the guys. I cannot bring myself to watch the series by myself. I love it, but the whole experience is enhanced with the different reactions from the guys.