Sunday, May 27, 2007

Le Tigre

Le Tigre
Originally uploaded by DixiePistols.
Today I went to a Zoo/Safari place about 12 miles south of Bangalore. It was amazingly crowded, and I had my first true Indian line experience. We waited in line for tickets for about 20 minutes, and it was literally nut-to-butt (as Nick would say) the entire time. The guy behind me in line was resting part of his body weight on my shoulder, it was that tightly packed. Anyway, the zoo was neat although not too different from any one you might see in the US. The safari was also cool, even if it did have the feel of something you might do at Disney's animal kingdom. The tigers were all very blase, and you got the feeling they had seen 10,000 other tour buses like ours. Although ambivalent predators do make for some nice pictures. Saturday also saw me taking pictures, this time in my local neighborhood. The outcome was mostly crap though. Click the link to see some of the better ones.


  1. I love reading your updates. And when I looked at your flickr, I realized I can make your typical meal... at least parts of it!

    (I've spent the past six months trying to learn how to cook Indian food.)

    And I'm glad you're enjoying the XTi. It's a great camera.

  2. Ha! Thanks Jenn!
    I think the ability to make Indian food is a hell of a skill to have in your toolbelt. I am supposed to cook Indian food for my friends when I get back, but I'm not really sure how that's going to work considering that all my meals are cooked for me here.

    And yeah, I like the XTi. I haven't had it that long, but so far I have nothing but good things to say.

  3. Wait, is that how you spell the abbreviation of your name? Jenn?

  4. haha, no, I normally spell it Jen. But somewhere in the world, there is a fluffyjen on AIM who took the name around 1997. So, I altered the typical spelling of my nickname, and my livejournal, multiple user accounts on messageboards, email addresses, blogs, etc are spelled the same for the sake of consistency.

    When my Indian boyfriend doesn't want to spend a lot of time cooking, he buys those premixed spice boxes from Indo-Pak grocers. Seriously, they're actually very good, especially butter chicken. Add some fresh onions and chicken, and you have a convincing dish! Also, frozen roti and samosas are also worthwhile. I really like these tiny potato ones that are so spicy, they burn your lips when you eat them! (But I'm a sucker for pain... and I always add more chili and garlic sauce.) Just buy some of these pre-made items, some Thums Up, and Frooti, and your friends will be happy with your new-found knowledge of Indian cuisine!

    Which lenses did you end up with your XTi? The kit lens isn't bad at all, but once I upgraded to a couple of nicer pieces of glass, the results were immediate. Unfortunately, I can't afford to that very often!