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gsc999 09-20-2007 03:03 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dante1271 (Post 169679)
I went to the DC rally anyway...
I meet new friends but cant remember all their unusual names (FBI name check problem :D, just kidding) ...
pose for a picture in front of the US Capitol...
see the White House live!!!...
got inside the US congress buildings (was little embarassed, wearing jeans during lobbying :cool:)...

see old-time friends in DC and have lunch at Chipotle near Tysons Corner mall...
watch some drivers get angry due to the traffic caused by the parade (huh!)...
lost some carbs due to walking, ...
saw nice gals jogging on the streets of DC at the parade route...
5 hours sitting down in the airplane from CA to DC, 5 hours again from DC to CA...
LASTLY, HAPPY JUST BEING THERE FOR THE IV Cause...

P.S. they have good food inside the US congress cafeteria...

Thanks to Drona and Ramesh for making my trip happend.

---
Dante: Thanks for coming.

I wanted to take your advise and explore how to get Philipino community involved with IV. Please send me or Drona a PM

chanduv23 09-20-2007 07:52 AM

Excellent thread
 
Please keep writing your amusing experiences - this thread is an inspiration to everyone.

For those who did not attend - this thread is to just make you feel nice and comfortable about IV folks - we are all sweet fun loving people who are standing up for ourselves.

IV members were all extremely delighted when they saw real people behind handles.

vasa 09-20-2007 08:24 AM

you guys must have seen me with my 3 kids in a stroller and my wife handing out flowers and holding a placard...
it was an experience in itself, a good one
with lasting memories

cheers
vasa

chanduv23 09-20-2007 08:27 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by vasa (Post 169778)
you guys must have seen me with my 3 kids in a stroller and my wife handing out flowers and holding a placard...
it was an experience in itself, a good one
with lasting memories

cheers
vasa

Actually - missed you. Please share a pic - I did think I saw u but unable to recollect

another one 09-20-2007 09:02 AM

Wonderful experience
 
It was a wonderful experience for me and my wife to meet with the congressmen. Most of them were straightforward and would say whether they agree or disagree with you. The need to differentiate our cause and clearly communicate our agenda became very obvious in the meetings. We need to continuously reinforce the points.

IV did an excellent job organizing the meetings and made it so easy for people like us to participate and contribute to the cause.

From my own experience i can say that taking concrete steps reduces the anxiety of uncertainty, whatever maybe the eventual outcome. That in itself is a reason enough to act.

As i said earlier we need to continuously reinforce our points to the congressmen. Those who missed this opportunity to reduce their anxiety would definitely have more opportunities coming their way in the future.

paskal 09-20-2007 11:09 AM

tidbit
 
i guess there may never be time to write the multitude of stories so here's a little one...

i arrived saturday morning and went through a comedy of errors before reaching the comfort inn that many of us were to stay...was hungry and tired and wondering where everyone was...and then nixstor turns up with the very best home cooked food possible....aman arrived too and after a mad scramble to arrange plates we all consumed it like we had never eaten before...memories of that meal are making me hungry again...:D

hey nixstor...thanks (for that and a lot more)...convey that to your wife please...since she did the hard work!

vasa 09-20-2007 11:11 AM

i was with my wife Kanika, who handled lobby day meetings. i did post some picture links in other thread..


Cheers
vasa

paskal 09-20-2007 11:31 AM

we all saw you
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by vasa (Post 169856)
i was with my wife Kanika, who handled lobby day meetings. i did post some picture links in other thread..


Cheers
vasa

thanks for the effort!
it was great to see all the A's (and the one non A) in person :D

Meenal 09-20-2007 11:37 AM

Where are my clothes??
 
The three days were packed with drama - Like any good drama, this too had it's moments of tension, action, and humor....the funniest one was:

Right before the rally when Aman was EXTREMELY busy, he actually had 30 seconds for each reporter. Our sweet little Jane walks up to him and asks "Aman where are my clothes?"
Aman had the funniest expression on his face :confused:

Here is the background : All of us had stayed in the same hotel and at the check out time we had kept out luggage in the baggage room. Aman had the tags of Jane's bags and Jane thought that Aman would get her luggage @ the rally!

Guys u had to be there - It was hilarious:D:D:D:D


Meenal

needhelp! 09-20-2007 11:47 AM

Great, I did see you. Lets catch up at the next rally ;)

Quote:

Originally Posted by 485_se_dukhi (Post 169704)
Hi Niloufer,

Both my husband and I wore bright green T-shirts and were pushing a pink stroller...:D

Somebody in the rally in fact remarked that our green T-shirts matched the idea of getting green cards...;)

Here's the link to some of our pix at the rally...:)

http://picasaweb.google.com/preetisi...tember18th2007

I was hoping to meet you but in all the rush and excitement, missed you...but I'm glad to see you in the other pix...your daughter is just too cute!!:)

take care,
Preeti


Meenal 09-20-2007 11:53 AM

Actual conversation
 
Keep the Aroras seperate , that is, Puneet Arora and Sumita Arora....these guys would not miss a single chance to beat each other up. (not related-clarification!)

Here is a scene I was in:

Paskal(Puneet) is driving - Sumita is sitting on the passenger seat - we have no idea where we are going. It is 2:00a.m and we are REALLY hungry and tired...

Sumita "I will give you directions from my Tom - Tom " I think she meant GPS.

Puneet (after taking several wrong turns) "It is not a Tom - Tom"?

Sumita- " whateverer it is , it gives me directions and I talk to it" (She was spending 4 hrs. driving each day with this TomTom ).

Puneet - "ok, let's follow our friends".

Sumita dials.

Vandana(in the other car) - "Yeah you can follow us".

Puneet - "well where are you guys"

Vandana - "We are trying to figure out, I don't know how we got here - Let me consult my GPS"

This is what happens when you are sleep deprived, food deprived - all the gadgets in the world cannot help you.

Jane( a chinese) - "why do you guys have to eat anyway, it is time to sleep???"

indio0617 09-20-2007 12:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by vasa (Post 169778)
you guys must have seen me with my 3 kids in a stroller and my wife handing out flowers and holding a placard...
it was an experience in itself, a good one
with lasting memories

cheers
vasa

Vasa.

It was a great selfless gesture from you and your wife driving all the way to DC with 3 kids to manage as well.

Thank you.

indio0617 09-20-2007 12:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by beenwaiting (Post 169877)
The three days were packed with drama - Like any good drama, this too had it's moments of tension, action, and humor....the funniest one was:

Right before the rally when Aman was EXTREMELY busy, he actually had 30 seconds for each reporter. Our sweet little Jane walks up to him and asks "Aman where are my clothes?"
Aman had the funniest expression on his face :confused:

Here is the background : All of us had stayed in the same hotel and at the check out time we had kept out luggage in the baggage room. Aman had the tags of Jane's bags and Jane thought that Aman would get her luggage @ the rally!

Guys u had to be there - It was hilarious:D:D:D:D


Meenal

Ha Ha Ha . This was hilarious. Could not stop laughing....

gdhiren 09-20-2007 12:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by singam (Post 169729)
I was that guy; yes it was heavy :o

Still you asked me to put that box on it which I was carrying!! Bravo. Thanks, Man. It was that water, which kept us going.

vasa 09-20-2007 12:10 PM

i owe that to kanika... she is the one who was commited and i was doing my part watching kids and making sure that they do have some fun...
this is what they have learnt:

Washin-ton
monu-ment
white house
smith-sonan..

and some more funny names.

and when we went to Hyatt the third time on monday, my daughters says... i dont want to go to mommy's office. :)
cheers vasa


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