Sunday, July 19, 2009

Carpooling...Babies don't count!

I was driving to work the other day and paid attention to the carpool lane, since I was rolling along at 10 mph in morning traffic.  I was annoyed to see a few cars go by with what clearly seemed like one person in the car.  I thought about chancing it, but I already got one ticket in the last 6 months and got it cleared through traffic school.  Besides, the early morning meeting I was headed towards was going to be a snoozer. As I approached my exit I noticed a minivan merging away from the carpool lane and headed towards the same exit as me.  We ended up side by side at a red light.  I rolled down my window and actually asked her if she gets nervous about driving alone in the carpool lane.  She had a confused look on her face and pointed my attention to the back seat.  "I have my baby in the back seat, so I am carpooling."  The light turned green and she drove off leaving me there with my mouth wide open.

Since when does a baby count for carpooling?  It doesn't, right?  Carpooling should be the pooling of 2 potential drivers.  A baby doesn't count, because it would never drive on its own, in the first place.  One would think with California's budget issues, police (CHP) would be out in full force ticketing to fill the deficit. So watch out lady.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Ketchup Flavored Chips

Another piece of home that cannot be found in the Bay Area is ketchup flavored chips.  Chip flavors have always been regional.  The south likes things sweet and spicy.  The mid-west likes savory flavors.  The east coast likes vinegary flavors.  Salt & Vinegar flavored chips can be found all over the east coast.  However, Ketchup is where it is at!  I have only been able to find that in Canada.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Bougatsa. The Desert of Kings!

The lack of Greek pastry shops in the Bay Area means that one cannot get some classic Greek deserts, such as a Bougatsa.  Its a sweet, cinnamony custard wrapped in philo dough and topped with powdered sugar.  Its was originally a peasant dish.  Like all peasant dishes, today they are considered delicacies and are highly regarded and sought after.

This is a taste of Greece that one can only get in a heavily populated Greek area, such as Montreal, New York or Chicago.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Visiting Home for 2 Weeks

I flew back to Montreal last Saturday (April 4th, 2009) to visit my family.  This is the first extended trip back since I left last year.  So what do I think?

The weather sucks!  However, I didn’t come here for the weather.  What really sets Montreal apart from Silicon Valley is the grittiness.  Silicon Valley prides itself on its vast diversity.  What it misses, is the grittiness that characterizes each culture.  Greeks are loud.  Italians are full of themselves.  The French are rude.  In the Valley each culture is a mere shadow of themselves, conforming to socially acceptable behaviors of that area.

Of course, this is a personal choice.  I prefer experiencing a culture to its fullest, instead of just getting a whitewashed version of it.

Stay tuned for tastes of Montreal.