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Raveena Tan Done

The title of the post just shows you how I was haunted by the conjugated word "to do" in different situations this week.

Starting as of last Saturday - my dear car - whom I have called my friend in many tags here - died - can you believe it - a day before Friendship Day. I took it to few mechanics and all they said was nothing can be DONE. (so listen to this song - its me singing to my dear car - we DID spend some real good times together ;))
So come Monday - I had to rent a car for the week. It had to be DONE in order to be mobile.
To add to the woes - this week my boss is on his annual summer vacation - being a small company - I am handling the daily rituals - and there was a long list of things to DO in my inbox.
As such weeks go - everyone has an emergency when you are alone - Murphy fucking knows when to DO YOU - I dont like to talk about work on the blog but this is to share how I amused myself this week in dire straits.
Tuesday get a frantic call from a site from a contractor - JEW HAB TO COM TO DA SITEEE IBBEDIATELY - he is spanish and thats how his english sounds...so after a little back and forth - he says - THE BUILDIN HIS GHOWING TO PHALL DOWN.... - so irritated at this point with everything and that he had not read the drawings correctly - I simply told him - DO one thing Jose (pronounced HOSEE - in spanish J sounds like H) - simply get out of the building before it falls down. (had to take care of the issues later nonetheless)
Then I am designing a house for a chinese client - the entire family is short and thin so their perspective is everything has to be small. An excerpt from one of the talks that really DID happen - on Wednesday

Mrs. Hui - I think these bedrooms that you want are very small
Is it so?
Yes from my experience - some bathrooms that I design are bigger than these bedrooms.
She got a bit taken aback. But Shin Taaan we no gonna spenda timea in ze bedroom long...you DO understand
Ok - but someday you will eventually sell this house - and then the buyer will not like these sizes.
Noooooo - (the usual long no - just like Rusell Peters mentions in his videos describing a chinese nooooo) - thisa bedroom is phor my lill daufter.
Ok so when she grows old wont she find this room small...
Again Nooooooooo - we mighta move of out by then
(what the fuck DID I just tell her two sentences ago)
So thats how it went - had too many calls from people asking "CAN YOU DO THIS FOR ME URGENTLY?" or "SEE WHAT YOU CAN DO" or "DID YOU DO IT YET?"
In between all this fun - remember I told you my car was gone - so Monday thru Thursday all evening I spent at the car dealership - test driving.
In one such incident - I took my cousin with me - he was testing this car and driving and braking and simply enjoying on a road and swerving in traffic - and all I had to tell the sales person sitting in the car - to get a kodak amazement moment was - DO YOU REALIZE THAT THIS GUY DOES NOT HAVE A LICENSE ( he is supposed to make a copy of the license before we test drive - but being new he forgot to make a copy of my cousins license - too bad I remembered that) Wish, I really wish I had a camera mounted in the car somewhere to capture his face.

Well anyways - enough crap - TGIF - have a nice weekend - I relished it and now I am almost done with this week. Will take care of the rest of the client crap and then enjoy my new car for the weekend.

IT HAS TO BE DONE RIGHT!

80 comments:

Vrij said...

Hmmm.. interesting week gone by and there will be some more things for you TO DO over the weekend! Will mail u details ;)

On a test drive, I once asked the rep if I need to put the car in first or second gear to start.. he was like gone!

--xh-- said...

oh, sad 2 hear abt teh car. and clients - dont tell me man, i am experiencing it right now .. sigh.. is ther ea school in the world whr they teach commonsense to people?

Am In Trance said...

Oww...
But dont Worry Dude...
It is written Smwhere (I dunno WhereWhere !!) that, "If Weekdays are Bad.. It is the sign that you'll have a Jhakkas Wknd...!!"

NJoy...n' TkCare..
:)

gunj said...

:)
have a great weekend ahead1

The Paratrooper said...

bhaiya i remebr from u tags or sumthing that u really get umm furiuos or sumthing and dont explain to others when they dont get sumthing the first time... but then even with that ..i think u handled the clients well...

aneri_masi said...

yippeee! new car time! oopss! sorry about your old one, buddy!

yippeee! new car time ;) what're you buying?

clients can be so frustrating, nahi? I don't have to deal so much with customers (or anyone at all for that matter), but every once in a while I get into a tiff with our test team! They so try my patience!

Have a good weekend, ShinTaaaan!

The Paratrooper said...

AND shin taan ..shounds like shinchan... .do u know shinchan ?? the japanese manga character ?

*~*{Sameera}*~* said...

Awww!My condolences about your old car.That Chinese lady's logic is hilarious!

Enjoy the new car.Have a great weekend :)

Princess Mia said...

Ok, i feel bad reading this, i was cribbing abt one day n u had the whole week....

sorry to know abt yur car but then its nice that u'll get a new car now ;)

the chinki.....when i read the no, all i thought of was russell peters wala nooooooooooooooooooooooooo i used to enjoy conversing with these guys, soemtimes they so crak u up....n i liked the way u described em small with a small bit of imagination ;)

chalo the weeks come to en end.....enjoy the weekend now....beer, LIT or any more concerts lined up eh? or may be foooooooooood....btw i just ate muchad paan ;) chao

aqua gurl said...

hahaha...spanish accent, i could imagine how that sounded, seen some masterpieces here:D:D

New car,kya baat hai, enjoy enjoy....!!

Have a nice weekend!!

Cinderella. said...

Ineteresting !

And I can so relate to this client - contractor crap...ugh !!

Hiren said...

looking at ur title - i thought you got a tan done :)

awesome week u have had dude ... but firstly heartfelt condolences for the demise of your long standing partner in crimes ... hope you get over it soon and find an ally at least as good if not better :)

i too dont like to write abt work on my blog ... but sometimes jew jost kannat helap ... :)
(btw pronouncing J as H/Y is prevelant in most parts of Europe ... i had a Swedish client called Johan pronounced as Yohan) ... lol @ the bldg is gonna fall down ... :)

did u see the Beijing olympics opening ceremony ? Contrary to the chinese fetish for small and economical ... this was real BIG and grand ...

hv a nice wknd !!

Hiren said...

** Murphy fucking knows when to DO YOU ...
lol ... i got something to share :) I took a leave from work this Friday for a much needed break to refresh myself... got home (in mumbai) on Thursday night making some cool plans with friends en route ... but voila ... I come home hoping to surprise everyone at home ... and getting surprised myself in the process .... my uncle was getting operated on friday and everyone had decided not to inform me lest I take a leave and rush down to mumbai :)

And i spent most of my friday at the hospital ... :)

Neeku said...

congratulations for the new car ... and have a good weekend... and

you have been story tagged !

Solitaire said...

Oy ! No poking fun at Chinese people please. I am convinced I was Chinese in my previous birth.


Anyway, the conversation was quite funny. Have a great weekend!

Veens said...

hehehehhe!! GOd!!! I couldn't help laughing at the poor poor new guy :D he 4got to take the copy of the licence... HAHAH!

i wish too.. u had a cam :D

have a gr8 weeknd Ceedy ... take care !

Zii said...

Chinese say "ze" too?
Hmm. They are part French then.

Pavi!!!! said...

I empathize n sympathize rgdg wat hppnd to ur car..we went thru' similar(n to us- worse)stuff few weeks back.
So u got already got a new car?thts quick!!!which one did u get??

n lol rgdg the conver @ work.

have a gr8 weeked! :)

Neeku said...

Hey chintan... thanks for the suggestions... they were really helpful.... and now waiting for your COLOR story.... so when you do it ... let me know ... will Rush quickly to read it :)

chal bye... and have a good weekend.

Compassion Unlimitted said...

Some weeks make us cry aloud ::enough is enough: looks the week made you say that.
Now back to your post, I was looking for Raveena in that,did I miss...lol
TC
CU

Abreysham said...

@ your old car- aw man :/
I'm still on my first car (just got it 5 months ago)- and I'm already kinda attached to it- I never believed I'd ever get attached to a CAR but- I have a feeling the day will come when I will begin to call it a friend- and mean it too :-)

@ kodak moment- MAN that musta been hilarious! Did you burst out laughing? :-D

Satish Bolla said...

the license thing was awesome. couldn't stop laafing. i hope u r having a decent weekend

ceedy said...

@vrij

ok..will wait for your emails...

hahaha...the poor sales guys must be "main kaha phas gaya" types....

ceedy said...

@-xh-

yes, I agree - there should be a class to impart commonsense classes...

ceedy said...

@am in trance

well thanks man...the weekend was quiet and calm

ceedy said...

@ gunj
thanks...

ceedy said...

@the paratrooper

haha - you are right but with clients I cant do that always as there is a lot of language barrier. We being from India are helluva lucky to know english...

and thanks for the compliment

ceedy said...

@aneri_masi

well...the old one was about time...so thanks anyways...

I already got a accord...I drive around a lot for work

well my whole job is client/contractor/consultant/manufacturers (building materials) interaction...so have to keep calm...but it is just this week - when everything possbile at work and personal life was all haywire....

but had a good calm weekend so now no complaints - back for the grind tommorow

hope your weekend was productive (i mean with respect to gardening)

ceedy said...

@the paratrooper

no, I did not know about it...thanks will read/research

google here I come

ceedy said...

@sameera

hehehe....I will put a wreath on it on your behalf :P

well this is just one example....logic and professional ethics are at loggerheads at all times....

thank you and hope you had a great weekend too

ceedy said...

@princess mia

dont feel bad...most of my weeks are like this - its that just this time I thought of writing about it....
I amuse myself and thats how I survive :)

yeah...thanks for the car...had to get a new one immediately

well chinki is just one palate...I meet people from all over the world and each has its own flavor...which will slowly evolve on ambrosia from me :P

enjoyed the weekend....had my soul drink....cognac on the rocks...yest and relaxed listening to music....no concerts lined up yet....yest was amitabh's temptations - gave it a pass as it was way too expensive...

muchad :) for u and :( for me

ceedy said...

@aqua girl

you are up in canada I checked...cool are there many spanish there too?

thanku thanku

I had a calm weekend - hope you enjoyed too...

ceedy said...

@cinderella

yeah..it is interesting...

I can symphatize with you on that one !

ceedy said...

@ hiren
well the title was just on my mind as I watched andaz apna apna umpteenth time...

thanks for the condolences...13 me na tane ladva mukli aapis :)

well naya partner to immediately aa gaya...chootkara nahi hai uske bina yaha..

yes...man....I never like to talk about work outside of office - anyone asks me I just say sab accha hai....whats the point of carrying your miseries all over the town..right?

thanks for sharing the Swedish J = H/y...I have not had a swedish client - and have not noticed this in the other europeans I dealt with....will keep an ear for it next time....

no did not see the ceremony...will catch it online....

i had a calm weekend...hope you had a blast....

And I hope your uncle is fine...well Murphy to ubhoj hoi che...su karvanu...instead of getting angry at him, maybe invite him for a chai or smg...

ceedy said...

@neeku

thanks....I had a good weekend - hope you had too...

I checked the tag..will take it up...

ceedy said...

@solitaire

ohoho....chalo maaf karna...but you must have been funny too in the past life and those genes carried on to this birth!

had a good weekend - hope you had a blast - thanks

ceedy said...

@veens

well we laughed and laughed remebering his face...it was so hilarious...

it was like one of those TV shows with bloopers...

i had a good weekend - hope you had one too

ceedy said...

@zii

ze is not part of their vocabulary...its just that they cannot pronouce certain english words...

did not get the french connection...french is "si" as far as I know

welcome here

ceedy said...

@pavi!!!!!

what happened with you and your car?

had to get a car same day - first rental for a week - and then thursday got a new one

work requires me to be mobile...cant help much...got an accord

thanks had a cool weekend - hope you had one too...

ceedy said...

@neeku

okie dokie...

will let you know as soon as I compile the story :)

ceedy said...

@compassion unlimited

well the post was meaningless as I seldom talk about work outside of office...

its just that some incidences when put together had some fun element to it...(fodder for survival thru skewed times)

ohhhh you missed raveena - then I suggest you see andaz apna apna :)

I saw you have a new story up...will be there as soon as things kinda settle...

hope you had a good weekend...

ceedy said...

@abreysham

well.....its that when you are "lonely" the one thing/person who gives you sahara (not the dessert) becomes your friend....so its just matter of time ;)

oh yeah....we laughed and laughed and just cannot stop even now as I remember his face...

ceedy said...

@satish

hahah...yes that was hilarious'

I had a calm weekend...hope you had a blast

Abreysham said...

haha @ can't stop laughing- I couldn't help laughing out loud when I read that- and still laughing when I read your reply.

incidentally today has been a 'funny' day- for some weird reason I've been laughing my head off at the most serious of comments@ work. Hasn't happened to me in a loooooong time- I think it must be the sandstorm- and not the umpteenth failure I had to face yet again at the hands of Fate(work-related)- lagta hai gehra chot aai hai hehe ;)

steering away from work- I read you've got an Accord! WOW! Its been my all-time fav! Wanted it to be my first car BUT went for the Civic- the sunroof was irresistible :-D

re: beocming attached to it- ya I'm already missing it :-( I crashed it and its at the service centre for the past few days- I hope I get it back soon!

aqua gurl said...

Yeah a lil bit of everything:)

Ne said...

Blogger is really hating me here lately!! but ummmmm Mazel Tov about your new car!!!!!!!!!! woooop!!!

I am waiting for my ride when i get to Jersey ONE of these days!! lol

Sorry you had such a bad time!! and RIP to your car!!! And I am speechless about your clients!! lol

Ne.

Keshi said...

DO write more..cos u've DONE well here and I DID read the entire post, meaning ur DOING great in this! :)

Keshi.

Satish Bolla said...

@ceedy
me having a blast? am just a simpleton, not a terrorist to have blasts n bombs.
anyways, my weekend was ok. took lots of tequila late on thursday night n went 4 cricket early on friday mrng. had to repent for that the whole day.... :(

τ ħ€ ĐάЎđяёάmёя said...

I did read it to the end but m not still done understanding it...but I kno u must did the test drive of the new car.so now I want to do it :P

heheheh

congrats bhai nayi car k liye

Rakesh said...

if u could have goiven ur car to me..i may have converted it into bailgadi:)....sometime back one chinese guy on stattionv asked me abt toilet and i found he is asking about toilet..and i told i donn't want room..he became irritated but somehow he found.

alotofjoy said...

really gud one...
thr's one story I started on my blog which I found recently...
hope u like it...

http://alotofjoy.wordpress.com/

KP said...

what a week! it full of action:). time for new car! without LICENSE...test drive:).

njoi the week ahead Shin Taaan.......lol

ceedy said...

@abreysham

hehe finally you are laughing...store it for the bad times :P

are dont let work take over your life...beleive me I go thru so much crap sometimes...but it has to end at 5.00 or 6.00 and no relation to it on weekends...

yeah...i drive around a lot for work...so got the accord...plus its a little bigger - so when ppl visit me its better.

what happened....with you crashing??? hope you are ok

ceedy said...

@aquagirl

so its a megamix!

ceedy said...

@cinder / Ne

blogger hates anyone who takes a vacation....cause it works 24/7/365....

thank you for the good wishes...yes you have a ride in jersey whenever you come :)

well it wasnt bad per se...just another week but everything together...still I managed to have the last laugh :)

whens the next show!

ceedy said...

@keshi

Will sure DO that...since you DID this :)

ceedy said...

@satish

tu to peke lele ho raha hai....damn you must have got a bad headache...but seriously next time try going rafting at 6.00 in the morning after drinking till 2.00 at night ;)

ceedy said...

@the daydreamer

Is ke liye - call raveena tan done :P woh samjhyegi

thank you....test drive was fun...are jake test drive kar and srk ke tarah manager ko bol - ek din main main yeh kar lene zaroor aaonga

ceedy said...

@rakesh

hahhaa
rakesh....are unko samajhna kabhi kabhi mazaa aata hai :)

bailgadi ke liye woh yaha se waha tak chalnh to chayeye

ceedy said...

@ a lot of joy

thank you...I will check it soon!

ceedy said...

@kp

yeah....action thriller...

you to enjoy the week kaye piye :)

carolinagal said...

Sorry to hear about your car.
Hope your weekend was better :)

P.S. I am selling one of my cars. 1998 Toyota Corolla LE, $3000. In case you are interested :P

Satish Bolla said...

@ceedy
insha-allah. will try to do so

τ ħ€ ĐάЎđяёάmёя said...

Bhai dukaan se td maar rhae they??? maine socha nayi gaddi le li :P

Abreysham said...

re: storing it for future- ceedy- yeh sarcastic comment ki kya zarurat thi! Inducing laughter is easy- I believe in the Giggle-In-A-Bar pharmoola- just munch into a Snickers and do a cheesy smile in front of an unsuspecting victim- instant giggles. Works every time. :-D

re: crash- nothing serious- a stupid man came into my lane w/out indicating- the bumper took a hit. Nonsensical drivers- they think the others are receiving telepathic messages of their next action. Eejits.

re: accord- yea- its definitely bigger and the full options model looks ZABARDAST- but my reason to get a car was mainly to cut down travel time to/from work, also become mobile- public transport system here is a joke.

man I have another question for God- why can I not change me?

rantravereflect/ jane said...

'Do you' means one thing to me ;);)

I mean I wanna 'DO u' doesn't sound as enticing as I wann 'fuck u' but it still ryhmes with I wanna 'SCREW you' geeeee.. ;)

maybe 'SCREW the DO' should have been the catchphrase in place of 'do the dew' (for mountain dew)

now, as fellow genie-asses; i have genial appendage to your sexy repartees to the spanish man n the chinese woman..

man:THE BUILDIN HIS GHOWING TO PHALL DOWN
ceedy:Sir, is your PHALLus still on you; if it is, use it you dick-head, n *simply get* the PHuck *outta the building* before it PHALLS down alONg with your PHALLUS!

Woman: We no gonna spend time in ze bedroom long.
Ceedy: As a concerned human being, I strongly recommend a healthy and active sex-life for your long life. Please spend more time in the bedroom..
Besides,*someday you will eventually sell this house - and then the buyer will not like these sizes.*
wOMAN: (OFFEnded)
this a bedroom is phor my lill daufter.
ceedy: How little is your daughter? As a concerned human, I don't mind giving her a lesson or two in spending more time in her bedroom.

n there, she'd have let you do the size the way ya want it :):)
for fear of you going near her daughter ;)

rantravereflect/ jane said...

btw left another comment on the post below :) :p

Aaarti said...

yikes... Yuuuu sounding like youuu wealllly had a tufffy week.. weekend bas pun i hopes~!! :D

had the funs reading about ur building zee small house for the chinese... he he..can so imagine the entrance n the ceilings being not more than 4ft tall... too bad, for tall ppl like moi...
[also reminds me of the houses n temples in kerala.. man, they are tiny...i bend over to touch the ground to go thru.. shucks!! ]

wat ees new cars u getting?? :D

rantravereflect/ jane said...

hee, n the sales guy face... i wish ya had a cam too ;)

ceedy said...

@cg

yeah the weekend was better...woh car to gayi...

and nayi aa bhi gayi..

thanks for the offer :P

ceedy said...

@satish

hehe..

and then do share the excitement

ceedy said...

@the day dreamer

ab main kya bolu iske bare main :)

ceedy said...

@abreysham

well having instant giggles sounds like having instant coffee :P

and re: your question for god....

all I can say is he cannot change us...he already made us and put us here...all he does is give options...so YOU have to choose

ceedy said...

@jane

agree....who DO you wanna DO?

and I loved your appendages...next time I will take a bandage just in case THEIR appendage gets bobbited listening to what you have written....

about little daughter...that is a no-no...agar legal age nahi hai to I will be DONE all over

I replied to your comment on the post below

and I wish I had the camera...maybe will just go and test drive once more at a different location...

ceedy said...

@aaarti

yes weekend was fun...aise weeks to aate jate hai...its part of NORMAL life I guess

well legally cant have 4 ft tall ceilings - but to visualise that see the movie "being john malkovich"

rantravereflect/ jane said...

:)
is ya PHALLus in good condition?
;)
then maybe i know who i wanna do :p

(to be taken in the true spirt of blogger comment-pjs);)

m.flowerr said...

i am back:)

great blog....wording is simply superb!

abreysham said...

jab we have instant messaging, instant nooodles, instant pain relief...why not instant giggles! though if I'm not mistaken you mean instant giggles are not the same as humor brought on by lengthy meaningless discussions- :O

Deepali said...

The whole conversation with the Chinese lady is HILARIOUS.

Goodluck on the car hunting :)

brocasarea said...

lol.."get out of the building before it falls down"!!...