Saturday, September 17, 2016

Celebrating 4 decades young! Birthday of G. Ripley!

Two days ago, my friends surprised me for my pre-birthday dinner. Ms. Dutt and Primo Greenleaf pulled off the monster surprise. It was a pleasure for g. Ripley to spend time with his two friends (for the past many years). Apparently, Ms. Dutt and Primo had planned this surprise scheme for some time without G. Ripley's knowledge. After dinner at public station 310 restaurant in Culver City, the next destination was a nice speakeasy bar on Thursday night. G. Ripley had two concoctions, vodka Collins and tom Collins. Beautiful drinks plus dancing with Preena, beautiful Indian vixen; were part of a fun night. Yesterday, G. Ripley turned '4 decades young', and the time was well spent at universal studios Hollywood. 7 rides (harry potter, studio tour, minions, waterworld, Jurassic park, transformers: the ride, and the walking dead attraction) plus shows were part of my exciting day. Also, primo greenleaf got a hold of the pin for me to wear (40th birthday, Rahul) and free front of the line ride passes were part of the gift. The birthday was a day to remember for me. Who knows what will happen on 45th, and 50th year celebrations! Stay tuned! Enjoy the picture of primo greenleaf and the covert g. Ripley. Au Revoir Mes amis!!

Monday, September 5, 2016

G. Ripley's cool adventures in San Diego!

Well, two days in San Diego for labor day weekend was a trying experience. First, Kayaking at Sea Life & Caves Kayak in La Jolla Shores is the first activity G. Ripley tried. Unfortunately, Kayaking in San Diego was cool for 20 minutes then Rahulio got sea sick. Plus, stomach cramps hindered me too. Maybe, next time it will happen. Kayaking for 90 minutes was going to be part of my daily cardio today. My friend, Amit; was directing me in a tandem kayak. He was teaching me the right way to kayak, as you have to go left (to go right) and go right (to head left). It is an opposite direction thing, as you can see. The tour guide, Isabella; was a cute woman though. She did a great job of teaching me how to get out of the water, when my cramps started happening. After kayaking, Mexican food was the next stop in Del mar area. It was some good food, and good vino from central coast California for me. Yesterday, Ballast point brewery was the first spot for me to have some beer. At this San Diego based brewery in Little Italy, three women were flirting with me. There names were kat, atina, and kindle. Yet, they left after 20 minutes to smoke some cigars. Next up on the drinking parade is going to hyatt regency hotel in San Diego. Drinking erath pinot gris wine, and talking to some more females made it a good time. Plus, stealing the water glass is another thing that klepto rahulio did. Finally, Pacific beach for dinner was cool. Rahulio drank rose wine from South Africa at Barbusa restaurant in little Italy. This means Rahulio has drank alcohol from all six continents, over the past 19 years. Staying at the doubletree by Hilton hotel was not a good experience. But, this trip was about trying adventurous stuff. Rahulio enjoyed the walking to new bars and meeting new people. See the picture above. The quote is from Steve martin, one of the funniest Hollywood actors ever. The picture is taken from 40 floors up, at hyatt regency grand Manchester hotel in San Diego.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Rio Olympics end with controversy, but a success overall. Rahude gives final update on Rio de Janeiro games

Yesterday, the 2016 summer olympics concluded in Rio De Janeiro. The next summer Olympics is in 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. The summer Olympics did end with some controversy though. This topic will be touched on in the next paragraph. First, the final medal count shows the USA team as the leader in total medals (121). China finished 2nd, and Great Britain had the third most medals. The host nation, Brazil; won the team soccer gold medal. The gold medal game in soccer pitted Brazil and Germany, with Brazil winning in the penalty kick shootout. As for the controversy, athletes were robbed in Rio De Janeiro. An unnamed athlete from Great Britain was robbed during a night out in Rio de Janeiro. Dirk Van Tichelt won a bronze medal in judo, and he was robbed in broad daylight in Rio. Lastly, Ryan Lochte and three other US swimmers were partying the night away on August 13. Next thing you know, they got themselves into a huge mess dubbed as 'lochtegate.' Ryan Lochte, Jimmy Feigen, Gunnar Bentz, and Jack Conger were done with their swimming events on August 13. Ryan Lochte started the whole problem by tearing down a poster, and his friends relieved themselves in bushes. In the end, the four swimmers got themselves out of Rio de Janeiro. Two of them were taken off their flights, and questioned by Brazilian authorities. The good parts of the Olympics were Usain Bolt winning three gold medals in track, and the US team winning almost 30 medals in track and field in uncharacteristic fashion. USA got medals in marathon, 4x100 m relay, 4x400 m relay, and long jump by getting bronze and silver before winning gold medals eventually. The network ratings for nbc were down by 20% for these olympics, compared to London and Beijing 2008 games. As for 2024 Olympics, this decision should be made in 2017 or 2018. Los Angeles might get the games again, which would be a great win for the US hosting committee. Enjoy the picture above of LaShawn Merritt, and other US track athletes. Lashawn led the US men's 4x400 m. relay team to victory, and it helped to increase the US team medal count.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Live from Rio, it's Rahude with some olympic updates. Jeah!!

The 2016 Olympics are in Rio De Janeiro, and the games started on August 5. With only 5 more days left, Rahude is giving you some of his best updates. Update #1 is NBC has almost 6 networks working to give you Olympic coverage.There is cnbc, msnbc, olmps, olmpb, USA, and NBC channels (networks) that are delivering the events. Rio De Janeiro is 4 hours ahead of Phoenix, Rahude’s current home. Yet, Rahude is following the games and he is giving updates on whatsapp plus Facebook. In swimming, Michael Phelps won six medals (5 gold, 1 silver) and Ryan Lochte won 1 gold only. The rest of the men’s swimmers including Ryan Murphy, Conor Jaeger, Anthony Ervin, Nathan Adrian, etc. delivered gold and other medals too. For the women’s swimming, Allison Schmitt and Katie Ledecky won gold. Ledecky won the most medals for the women, and other females (Maya dirado, Leah smith, etc.) won in their featured events. Melissa ‘Missy’ Franklin could not relive her London magic, but she got one gold in the swimming pool. As for tennis in Olympics, Juan Martin Del Potro won silver and Andy Murray won another gold. Monica Puig won gold, and Angelique Kerber won silver. In men’s and women’s basketball, the US teams are doing well. But, there is no pure domination on the court. Update #2 is Rio Olympics are one of the lowest ratings games for the NBC family. In the final five days, the events ratings may turn around for track & field, and other final events. In track and field, Usain Bolt won a gold medal already in the 100-meter final. For now, Rahude aka Rahulio Ganpuleone is done with his updates. Look for some more final Olympic updates in six days. Rio De Janeiro games are done on August 21, and 2020 Olympics will be in Japan (Tokyo). Catch you later from Copacabana Beach!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Verizon buys Yahoo, early internet pioneer! How Marissa Mayer treated the company like a think tank?

Many people use Verizon as a cellphone provider. It is the top carrier over the past 3 years, as the company beats AT&T wireless at their own game. Now, Verizon is getting into the website domain space as they bought Yahoo for $4.8 billion last week. Where does Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer go, after Yahoo is acquired? It is hard to say. In her four years as Yahoo CEO, she treated the company as a 'think tank' than a sinking ship. Marissa Mayer was the twentieth employee hired by Google, and she worked as a 'Googler' for thirteen years. She has an undergrad. and masters degrees from Stanford University. She has some outstanding credentials, but her next corporate move may be a mystery. Marissa Mayer sets an example of a female CEO, that led a company which had problems before she took over the reins. In February 2008, Microsoft made the $45 billion offer to buy Yahoo for its search engine capabilities. In Bill Gates final days as CEO and Chairman, Yahoo snubbed him and Microsoft. In this case, Yahoo should have agreed to be acquired by Microsoft in 2008. Yahoo would have been sold, for almost 9 times their current value. While at Yahoo, Marissa Mayer read every résumé before hiring a new employee. It may be up to 50 of these documents, which she would peruse daily. If she read 50 resumes daily, she should be owning her executive search recruitment agency next year. No joke! One of her next moves should be in venture capital, as she could work with KPCB (Kleiner Perkins caufield byers) or benchmark capital. Many of the former CEOs join the big VC's to continue their entrepreneurial ways of living. Finally, Marissa had a passion for listening to the employees. One of her favorite tasks was to ask the employees, about their next big idea. If you had many ideas, would you put them down on paper or leave them by the wayside? Humans are known to 'think big'; so strong ideas make the world a better place if they are implemented correctly. Lastly, see the image above of Marissa Mayer's pseudo résumé. It is craftily written in an impressive manner. Readers take note, as you may learn a lot about the Stanford alumnus.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Theresa May is the new PM in United Kingdom; and can HRC become new President of US soon!

Theresa May became the new Prime Minister six days ago, in London as David Cameron is leaving 10 Downing Street. Since Theresa is the new PM, does her office promotion mean an easy path for Hillary Rodham Clinton for the US presidential race? Let's run down the female leaders of the world, starting with Angela Merkel (Europe's strongest woman in power). Angela Merkel has been in power in Germany, Europe's economic bellwether; since 2005. That's 11 years of good laws in Europe's strongest economy. Let's not forget Christine Lagarde, the IMF managing director. IMF is not a foreign country, but the International Monetary Fund is '189 countries working together to stabilize monetary devices.' If you are from Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon is a home country name. She is the first minister of Scotland, and the leading lady in power. Myanmar (formerly Burma) is back in the limelight, as Aung San Suu Kyi is a Nobel Peace Prize leader in a new democracy in Yangon. Finally, Taiwan has a female leader in Tsai Ing-Wen. She is the new president of Taiwan since January of this year. Tsai is a Cornell University grad. and she was former Mayor of Taipei. Taiwan was my home for three years in the 1980s, and my family remembers the three good years in the island nation. As a recap, seven world leaders have been mentioned in this post. The nations of Taiwan, Germany, UK, Myanmar, and Scotland are in this post. Christine Lagarde is IMF chief, and she is a former French lawyer. Recently, the IMF cut global growth by almost 1% due to the recent 'Brexit' disaster. In the world's mind, surviving 'Brexit' is the next task for Theresa May to undertake. She leads England, and Wales through one of the toughest times since World War II. Hope you the reader enjoyed this post. In less than four months, American voters will vote for Donald Trump or Hillary Rodham Clinton. May Hillary become the first female President of the strongest world economy. Enjoy the picture above of 10 Downing Street, London. It is the new home of Theresa May, and the former home of Margaret Thatcher (and other prominent Prime Ministers of UK including David Cameron, John Major, and Tony Blair). Au revoir!

Saturday, July 9, 2016

KD sweepstakes are over; plus other NBA free agent signings, trades too

Five days ago, Kevin Durant announced his decision to leave Oklahoma City. He signed with the Golden State Warriors for a 2 year deal, worth $54.3 million. But, his contract is not the richest one in these crazy NBA free agent signings. Mike Conley Jr. signed a 5 year deal, worth $153 million to stay with the Memphis Grizzlies. This contract is the largest one in NBA history. Many people faulted KD for signing with Golden State, as he joined the team that beat OK City in the 2016 NBA western conference finals. He broke up the collaborative duo of Westbrook and Durant, two of OK City's finest. In other NBA trades and signings, Derrick Rose is going to play for NY Knicks next year; along with his former Chicago teammate, Joakim Noah. Jeremy Lin signed with the Brooklyn Nets. Then, there's the huge news that Dwyane Wade signed with the Chicago Bulls for a two year deal. Finally, Pau Gasol is signing with the San Antonio Spurs for a two year deal. It makes San Antonio stronger, so they can compete with Golden State. Speaking of the Warriors, they lost Leandro Barbosa and other key players. Here's the list of former Warriors: Festus Ezeli, Brandon Rush, Leandro Barbosa, Andrew Bogut, Harrison Barnes, and Marreese Speights. In addition to Kevin Durant signing with Golden State Warriors, Zaza Pachulia and David West signed with the Warriors in the past few days. There are a lot of deals, which were not mentioned in this blog post. The NBA 2016-2017 season is only 105 days aways. Hope the Cleveland Cavaliers do not repeat as NBA champions. The warriors might be the favorite, according to the Las Vegas bettors. Hope you like the picture above of Luol Deng, the former Miami Heat player. He is leaving Miami for the LA Lakers, in a four year deal. Lakers signed Timofey Mozgov, and they received Jose Calderon from the Chicago Bulls. Hope the Lakers can improve their winning percentage next year, with the new additions.