Archive for December 2006
It had been a week since the ordeal. Two hours worth of run around followed by telephone transfers to all departments withing Cingular. After giving me several options that I did not get to choose from, they bluntly told me that I had to make a trip to Downtown Boston before I could get a charger. I had never been so angry, at least not in a while.
When I remembered about the charger today, I was actually surprised that it had already been a week. I had realized that my USB data cable also allows me to charge my phone and that had allowed me to steer clear from Cingular people. Today I finally felt ready for battle.
After almost 5 months of living in the Greater Boston Area, I finally got to downtown crossing this afternoon. All that for the charger. I have been near the area before but it seemed a different world. Anyways, I went inside the Cingular Store to find out that they do not carry the charger. I was ready to throw a fit but then I realized that the gentleman who was helping me was not at fault. He did not need to take shit from me and I definitely did not want to make things hard for him on what was already a busy day. So I requested that a charger be mailed to me and left the store.
I had noticed Borders was across the street but had not really made plans of going in. But for some reason, I went in. I felt the need to get myself another book to help me learn Japanese. My only requirement was that it be cheap and effective. After almost half an hour of searching, I realized the “very intuitive” system of categorizing books teaching foreign languages under the giant category of Reference. There were many choices but most of them came with CD-ROMs. I am all about technology but franly I needed a book with no strings attached.
After few scans and reading thtough the introduciton, I found a bool written by someone who had taught the language to IBM Employees in Japan. This was great for me because his tools were for techy people like me. Moreover, it meant that the tricks would allow me to learn japanese faster in less time (like them IBM employees).
The reason I am ranting about all this, beyond the fact that I love to rant, is that there was something about reading the book in Borders before buying it, something in me that has always etched me to learn, that inspired be to start this process of interactive learning. The tool that I am using is going to be this blog. My plan is to blog about the three things that I want to learn more about: Robots, Ruby and Japanese.