Home Sweet Home + Tulsa + My Birthday

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

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Sunday, May 3, 2009

Because of my extension in India beyond 2 years, I managed to get one more trip back to the US.  For this trip, I ended up working a lot and networking even more to try and find a spot in the firm for me after I leave India.  But I also managed some time to spend with the family...and also with some long lost friends in Tulsa and my good friends in Dallas.

Landed into Dallas and checked into a great hotel (hotel Palomar) for my traditional "cleansing" after India and the 24 hour plane journey.  Palomar is a great hotel and the wine reception was a welcome relief from bad India wine.  Tanya joined me and we had a great sushi dinner.  Two days later I was off to Oklahoma to visit the parents for a few days where I was properly fed and fattened up (side note...I gained 10 pounds this trip home).  I managed to squeeze in some extra time to driver up to Tulsa where I was raised and went to high school.  After meeting Brett and his wife Tiffany, I checked into a hotel (Hyatt Place - GREAT) and then met 5 old friends (Angie, Brett, Hoang, Mike and Chris) for dinner and drinks at a local pub downtown.  It was great to catch up with all of them.

Back in Dallas, Tanya and I were carefully monitoring the swine flu epidemic and decided to cancel our planned trip to Cancun.  Sucks...I was looking forward to it.  In replace of sunny Mexico...I made a last minute adjustment to go to sunny Florida to visit mom.  Plenty of sun, seafood and fishing were in store and I had a great time.

Back in Dallas (again) Tanya had managed to organize a surprise birthday party for me at one of my favorite restaurants...Javiers.  She did an amazing job hiding it from me and I can't thank her enough for getting Stacey, Ruben, Alexa, and their significant others out (and to keep it a secret).  We had lot's of good Mexican good and too many good drinks.  My last few days in the US were spent in Dallas enjoying the great food and spending time with Tanya.  On one our last nights outs...we even managed to see an authentic India rickshaw patrolling the streets of Dallas.  Crazy.

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