Now everybody around me is buying furniture. Mainly because most of us are married (you aren't exactly a spring chicken at B School are ya?) and we dont have much of a dirty lazy grad student lifestyle choice. So the last two days we have been lifting and moving stuff like crazy. The good thing about the whole B School thing is the camaraderie. We didn't care whose furniture it was we just helped everybody move everybody's stuff. I have met 4 or 5 couples so far and one of them had a U-Haul Truck on a 2 day rental. We just bought furnitures round the clock and moved them to our houses. Everybody dedicated time slots for each house and all joined in to help move furniture to that house and help with the settling in part. I have to say this was good team building kind of work and if at all you are meeting a lot of new people it is good to meet new people in this fashion. The bonds of friendship get sown pretty fast when you are doing work and helping each other out.
I love meeting new people. I have been doing that all my life. This is yet another chpater I was looking forward too. I am pretty glad to meet people form various backgrounds and cultures. One of my "co-student" (as in co-brother Ko.baradhan in Panchatantiram) had sent email to the new admit yahoo groups asking for help to move his stuff and someone actually responded. A guy joining U Mich from Indianapolis just dropped in to help us out. Among the families moving in were a couple from Karachi, Pakistan. Both husband and wife are going to B School. Ain't that cool. There is another couple doing the same thing. They helped us move and vice versa. I met a person from Croatia. I have only talked to one Croatian before. he was Goran Ivanesivic. While he never responded to my "come on! Goraaaan!" (mainly because he was on TV) this Croatian was a very nice person to talk to. It was all just too good. It was good to see all of us helping each other out in this tough settling in part. All-in-all this whole settling-in part, which could have otherwise been messy and stressfull, became a wonderful experience.
My luggage is still coming to me from different parts of the U.S. 3 boxes from Dallas, 7 from Seattle, more still to come from Dallas. My car got shipped in from Florida. I have had the car since 2001. Had named the car Lakshmi ( after the padikaathavan rajini movie). Just feels great to get it all back slowly. Although its not so great to drive around uninsured. In the luggage that came with us, we didnt have anything that could be worn around the house (rough use). All were new clothes :-). So I am roaming around the house in a dhoti. A couple who popped in for a surprise visit saw me dashing to the bedroom to change my dhoti. After much persuasion by visiting couple to come out in the dhoti itself, I shyly came out. They asked me if I had been praying :-) when in fact what I was doing was stuffing my face :-) That actually made me feel guilty. Man! so many years my mom wanted me to put on a dhoti at home and I refused to part with my torn dirty denim shorts ( I hate dhoti and my trade-mark signature shorts are in transit). Of all the places I was caught with my pants down (and the dhoti up) in Michigan.
So after 2 days of 18hr/day back breaking work, getting lost in Ann Arbor, struggling for directions at midnight, arranging stuff, I finally had a 12 hour sleep yesterday. I cooked (we finally did some India grocery shopping yesterday) drumstick sambar, beans and rice before my wife got up and surprised her with the food. Yeah.. I am on a roll! Not so much with my cooking skills. But I have a way around that. I have named my food "tasty food". Its not an adjective its a name like Pulidharai, sambar etc. So nobody can says its not tasty food because thats the name of the food - tasty food.
Now I am back in my desk and have to do pre-term assignments :-( . I have to depend upon the free computers that my leasing office provides. My laptop is here and the charger is in India :-(. So my net access has become rather limited. In the small time that I get between this whole settling down part I have to do assignments. What cracked me up was -- I have to complete an assignment where I pretend I am a high-flying CEO and I have to write a 3 hour write-like-ceo asssesment test and a 90 minute email-like-a-ceo assesment test. I am not sure about writing like a ceo, I sure can spend like one :-)