My Birthday and Cinco De Mayo

Trip Start Mar 29, 2007
Trip End Sep 30, 2009

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Monday, May 7, 2007

Well another year has past and I'm celebrating my 29th birthday once again...for the 7th time.  Thanks to all of you who sent birthday greetings via email and regular mail.

Anyway...a few folks from work wanted to take me out to dinner, so Neha, Melissa, Tim and I all head out to the Grill Room which is one of the few places in town you can order red meat.  After dinner a few other friends are going to meet us out at a club called Myst to continue the celebration.  Dinner at the Grill Room was unbelievably good...I haven't had red meat in 4 weeks and the steak I had was actually quite decent.  We drank a bottle of Indian red wine which was about 90 degrees Farenheit and somehow choked it all down.  Did I mention in a previous blog that India wine blows?  Please come visit...and bring me red wine...I'd love to see you all...and the wine. :)  Neha, Melissa and Tim are all expats with my company so it was good to share some stories about our experiences and enjoy a great meal.  Desert was a warm brownie with ice cream and a candle on top.  It was brought while Melissa was in the bathroom so Neha, Tim and I made short work of it and quickly had the staff remove any evidence the desert even existed before Melissa returned. 

After dinner we head over to Myst where Sonny, Ails, Veejay, Sonia, Kat and a few others are having a few drinks and dancing.

Another side Sonny and Ails are "sort of" dating...but it's a love/hate relationship.  Unfortunately they live together AND they may be working together for the same company.  Anyway...the night before my birthday, a group of us are hanging over at Sonny's and he gets a little intoxicated.  After a while he and Ails get into it for some reason and he tells us all that if we talk to her for the rest of the night we're "banned" from ever coming over to his place.  He loves to ban people and this time he's just banned his own girlfriend and about 3/4's of his other friends as they immediately recognize he's the drunk one and we all start talking to Ails anyway.  It was a dramatic event...but the next night at Myst we are all laughing about it, Sonny's apologizing and every so often someone "bans" someone from doing something like "you're banned from ordering another drink" or "you're banned from going to the bathroom"...guess you had to be there to find it amusing.

Anyway...Myst was good fun and around 11:30 I'm tired and ready to leave so I tell Sonny I'm leaving and he said "No, No can't!".  Next thing I know there's a cake being brought to our table and everyone is singing happy nice.  They butchered the spelling of my name on the cake...I think it said "Bra-don"...but the jesture was really nice and I'm glad I stayed the extra few minutes to enjoy it with my new friends.  My only regret is I didn't have my camera with me...sad.

Saturday the 5th is of course Cinco de Mayo and I'm in need of guacomole and a cold Margaritta.  Kat is throwing a Cinco de Mayo party at the pool at Jaybehri and before that, the boys are getting together to play some basketball.  Victor, Nick, Navdeet and I shoot the ball around with a few others for a couple hours before heading up to join the group.  Someone says they want to play cricket so we start to set up a pitch near the Jaybehri pool.  Pool security isn't at all please with that idea and put a stop to that before we can bowl the first we head out to an empty field/trash dump behind the pool area and set up our pitch and wicket.  That's right...the trash dump...we're playing cricket in a dump.  It's not a proper dump like we have in the states...but any empty land that isn't occupied is pretty much everyones dumping grounds.  For those of you who don't know how to play cricket...I don't have the time to explain it to you so look it up online...but it's similar to baseball....sort of.  Nick the Aussie teaches us all the basics and we implement some "home-park" rules to account for our surroundings...trash and all.  We all get a chance to bat and bowl (aka. throw/pitch) and end up playing for a couple hours.  The staff at Jaybheri keep us sufficiently lubricated with ice cold Kingfishers delivered straight to the pitch (aka. field).  Back near the pool everyone is enjoying some food including chips, salsa and queso that someond had brought over from the States.

It was quite the same as Cinco de Mayo back in Texas...but I'm a long, long way from Texas so I'll take whatever I can get!
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