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Gardening

Gardening

My landscaper quit suddenly. I hope he is ok, given all the issues around immigration these days.

Usually, I would have looked for another one. But this time, decided to give myself a try.

Three weeks later, the Lithium battery hedge trimmer, electric string trimmer, electric lawn mower are some of my best friends. The electric versions are so convenient and saves so much time and our ears.

I think it’s satisfying to work on your own garden. It has made me more aware of our relationship to the plant kingdom 🙂

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Deja Vu

Deja Vu

Every time I deal with entities in India, a feeling of helpless Deja Vu washes over me.

ICICI is number one. The Tax Department is next. I have wasted many many hours last few weeks dealing with these shenanigans. I am tired that I can’t muster the energy to fight. But, things seem to be taking a good turn. However the next bloke is going to waste the same time or more.

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SaaS consolidation

SaaS consolidation

CRM’s acquisition of DATA is giving a boost to cloud stocks today. Continues to show Salesforce’s appetite for acquiring other companies. It would be interesting to find out how earlier acquisitions, such as Mulesoft are working out for them. To digest well so many companies year after year requires a disciplined integration process.

Looks like Wall Street doesn’t immediately like CRM after the deal. But Marc Benioff seems to be on solid ground here.

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Half Marathon

Half Marathon

I ran my first half marathon last weekend. It was a satisfying experience. It was the St Jude Rock and Roll event.

I started running regularly since November 2018. It was just a small attempt that somehow has become regular. Every week, I kept increasing the mileage and for past 3 months I was able to perform half marathon practice runs.

Running around my hometown of Seattle felt great. Except that killer of a hill in Queen Anne at the 10th mile for a gain for 600 feet. Some pictures:-

Start Line and Finish
Start Line and Finish
Start Line and Finish
Start Line and Finish
Start Line and Finish

I plan to run the Seattle Marathon on Dec 1. I feel grateful to be able to do these activities and push myself a little bit at a time.

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Writing

Writing

Some claim that one has to write every day to break the idle cycle. If I write everyday it may be inane. But who cares, there is too much inane stuff out there on the ether, so adding mine won’t hurt.

So, I will attempt to write. Maybe every other day. Exercise that writing muscle.

Adios