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A Comic Road Trip to Yosemite National Park: Part I!!!!

December 2, 2009

Two weeks ago, three of us, Mr. HPU, Mr. DP and I were sitting in a state of gloom. I don’t know why, but I think that it could have been attributed to the depressing cold winter here which has set in, in its most virulent form.

Man, this loki sabzi is tasteless” said Mr. DP breaking the unhealthy silence which bore down upon us and he then continued to pick at his food.

It might be a pretty insignificant statement to you guys, but knowing Mr. DP, we were shocked!!!!!!!! The man loved loki made in any form, cooked or uncooked.

It was then, Mr. HPU’s turn to say something.

I feel so sleepy all the time. I don’t know how I am sitting through the 8 hours in office”, he said with a poignant expression.

Mr. HPU looked murderous when Mr. DP and I started sniggering. You give a man like Mr. HPU, two inches of free space to place his toes and he still will comfortably settle down to sleep. I don’t know how he does it but I have seen him sleep in a standing position in the crowded fast locals in Mumbai and go into meditation in a BEST bus on the gutter filled roads of Mumbai.

Mr. HPU complaining about his god given talent most definitely did not auger well for the occasion.

I personally thought that it was my mundane abstemious lifestyle which was getting on my nerves. This indifferent constant day/night cycle in this urban jungle where I follow a well defined routine with a plastic smile coupled with the really short days was really dampening.

What we want is complete change”, I declared with the grace of a baritone.

 Mr. DP looked mildly bemused and Mr. HPU’s ears perked up like a dogs.

I continued, “What we all really want is a change; a change from this routine; a change from this quotidian lifestyle that we have chosen for ourselves. Guys, we need to desperately get away from our laptops and mobiles, our deadlines and work; get away from the womb of civilization and experience nature in its truest form; get away from this infernal place and go experience the purity of mother earth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

What, do you want to go to Antarctica???” asked Mr. HPU.

I tell you guys, but the moment is always lost upon Mr. HPU.

I looked around and said, “What we all need is a road trip to Yosemite National Park. Imagine pristine rivers and snow caped mountains; imagine deer’s running around unafraid of human presence. Yes, I think we need to go there for the long weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

It seemed a very good idea to us at that time and so we enlisted Mr. RB and Mr. SK into our travelling party and we got into making all the arrangements for the journey.

On the day of the journey, I checked the weather. The chance of rainfall was pegged at 40 % but nothing could dampen our spirits at that time. And so, praying to the rain god, we all met up at 8:30 AM, on Friday.

Three of us had our cameras; Mr. DP, Mr. RB and me. The comedy of errors as we later found out actually started there.

We asked Mr. RB to pick up some toothpaste from his house and so he went home to get it. Unfortunately for all of us, he did some independent thinking of his own and kept his camera there as he thought that two were more than enough for the journey.

When Mr. RB had gone, I told Mr. DP the same thing that two cameras were enough for the trip and I left mine at home.

The journey itself was wonderful. There was a constant drizzle in the air and after a three hour journey, we reached a wonderful spot in the neighboring Mariposa County.

We wanted to take a photo of the location and asked Mr. DP to take his camera out.

“After checking for a few minutes, MR. DP came back running, “OMG!!!!!!! I have forgotten mine!!!!!!!!! I left it at home”.

People are bound to make mistakes, I reasoned. Forgiving Mr. DP, I turned to Mr. RB for his camera.

What camera??? I thought you guys are bringing yours!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” was his defiant snarl.

And we found out that between the five of us, we did not have a SINGLE CAMERA!!!!!!

We could do nothing but laugh about it………………………………………

Forgiving Mr. DP did not seem like a good idea to me at that time.

And so, after enjoying the scenic view, we continued on our journey to one of the last strongholds of Mother Nature.

We paid the 20 dollar fee for entering the national park; we took a map of the park from the ranger and drove into it with the legendary Mr. HPU as our navigator and what followed was two days of fun and amazement!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PS: Writing inspired by the greatest book ever: “Three men in a boat“!!!! If you have read it, you will know what I mean!

40 Comments leave one →
  1. December 2, 2009 5:42 am

    OG: yes, you are first!, this was in spam!

  2. December 2, 2009 5:43 am

    1st… 😀
    OG: Second!!!!!

    • December 2, 2009 5:44 am

      lost to Oorja!!!!!!!!!!

      hey Oorja!!! hugssss! long time no see!! tee hee!


      • December 2, 2009 5:48 am

        OHO!!! i am first after all!!!!!!!!!!!! yaaaaaahooooooooooooooooo!!!!! 😀 😀 😀 😀
        OG: you insane gal!!!!!!!!!!!

        • December 2, 2009 5:51 am

          yes we entered almost at the same time… just a miss.. but great to see u back.. me having a short break.. 😀

    • December 2, 2009 5:49 am

      that explains no snaps.. 🙂

      you guys would have had your mobile cams..???
      OG: it did not come out well!!!!!!!!! 😛 😛 😛 totally bad photos!!!
      still.. as long as good that you had.. or are having (as the post is not over yet) a good time its alright…
      OG: ROFL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      your friend likes lauki.. even uncooked..? urg…
      OG: my frds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. December 2, 2009 5:44 am

    tell me i am first….

  4. December 2, 2009 6:07 am

    So where’s Montmorency? 🙂

    We demand Part II!


    Quirky Indian
    OG: okay! you have read the book!!!!!!!!! isnt it a classic???
    no dogs in this journey…………….. 😛 😛 😛 😛 part II coming up shortly!

  5. December 2, 2009 6:16 am

    so many hugs doing the rounds…. i am missing the most imp person here… the host!!
    OG: ROFL!!!!!!!!!!! 😛 😛 😛
    *sooooper tight hugs* to this ezuthukaran who gets funnier by the minute!
    OG: hugs back!!!!!!!!!!!!
    am on a break, and before my colleagues drag me back into the muck of work….let me dance…

    *dressed in blinding shimmery disco clothes*

    disco station disco…disco station disco…..
    choro choro… meri raahe…meri baaheh….aaaaaaaa….
    yeh hai…..ajitu ka……classic post…..
    yahan crafty …. aaayi hai….aaj first….
    disco station disco….

    *ajitu has worn his glares and pretends he does not know this lunatic who dances*
    OG: most definately!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    i cudn’t resist this one!!!! this is hilarious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    lovely lovely lovely!
    OG: hehehehehehehehehhe
    @ comedy of errors: you hopeless bachelors! can’t lug a small camera!!! sheeshu
    *rafty gets back to staring at the concrete jungle stretch outside window*
    OG: 😛 😛 😛 😛 I knowwww, we missed the blaaady cam!
    @ PS: I KNOW WHAT U MEAN!!!! 😛 😛 aliyaaa….. the humor rocks in this one….and there are parts!!! no snaps…but will there be pie charts and other graphs? *gleamy eyed*
    OG: hopefully, have not thought about it as yet 😛

    ok!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! gotta go, will write to u in detail later… but to keep it short and to the point…. HUGS! 😀
    OG: hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. December 2, 2009 8:20 am

    Machi this is hilarious… 🙂 and all 5 of you missed the cameras LOL 😆 and why that word comic in the title… There cant be a trip of yours without comedy 😀
    OG: 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛 thanks machi!

  7. December 2, 2009 8:38 am

    I must read this book – you’ve mentioned it earlier…
    OG: 😛 😛 😛 you should Bones!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Waiting for Part II…
    OG: 😛 will take time!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. December 2, 2009 8:55 am

    Anything with HPU in it, is a comical incident, eh ?????
    OG: 😛 hehehehehehe
    You guys are the ultimate….atleast, before getting into the car, shldn’t all of u checked whether camera is there or not ???? Now, we are missing all the awesome pics….
    OG: yes, we should have!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Part 2 shld be grt fun….anxiously biting nails and waiting… 🙂
    OG: ROFL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. December 2, 2009 9:28 am

    Ah Mr.HPU The Legand again! At least you guys reached the Park without Police interruption and gunmen.. Well done 😀
    OGL ROFL!!!!!!!!!!1 classic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Awaiting Part II, daivame… ini enthellam kaananam!!
    OG: 😛 😛 😛 part two will not be much of fun!

  10. December 2, 2009 10:02 am

    Oh you still have more parts to come, that too without snaps ?? Ok, atleast post a couple of snaps from google images to show us how the place looks like 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 No, thats not what I do for my Europe posts 😉 ! Speaking of camera, a similar incident happened to us when we went to Paris. Will elaborate it in my post.
    OG: athu saar, online check cheyda mathi!!!!!!!!!!! ROFL!!!!!!!! ooho, your post? need to read it
    Well, its not about the weather OG ! Lifes becomes so monotonous; blame it on the Dubai Debacle 😀 😀 😀 😀
    OG: dai, 😛 😛 😛 in these days of degenerating decency!!!!!!!!!

  11. Winnie the poohi permalink
    December 2, 2009 12:07 pm


    Its a boon really that you guys didnt have a cam.. its my personal exp that when you have cam you are more into capturing the nature than in enjoying it 🙂
    OG: nope, we should have had camera!!!!!!!!!!!!! for memories!!!!!! and showing off ROFL!

  12. Winnie the poohi permalink
    December 2, 2009 12:17 pm

    P.S: Belated Happy Bday 🙂
    OG: hey thanks!!!!!!!
    No post dedicated to your bday ? How did it go ?
    OG: ROFL!!!!! BD was in yosemite!

  13. December 2, 2009 6:16 pm

    as promised…. am here…. when u choose to do a tribute to “3 Men in a Boat”. there’s no way crafty won’t be around!!!!

    OG: hehehehehehehehe 😛

    depressng cold winter! huh! some ppl just want to show off their residence in cold climate countries while some others are getting fried alive in a city where its hot even in december! 🙄 🙄 🙄
    OG: let us exchange places!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    LOKI??? i think Loki sabzi is made when u wanna punish someone…. 😛
    and Mr. DP likes it cooked or uncooked? u have strange friends with strange tastes 😛
    OG: hey, I also love loki!!!!!!!!!!!!

    8 hrs in office….. that’s my dream job!!! 😛 its better than 18 hrs! 😥
    OG: there is always light at the end of the tunnel 😉
    ROFL @ Mr. HPU!!!!!!!!!!! I love this man and his balcony!!! 😛 😛
    he slept in trains, is it?? how???
    OG: I really dont know!

    plastic smile????? why aliyaaaaaaaaa????

    OG: 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛
    “What we want is complete change” I declared with the grace of a baritone. classic!!

    “What, do you want to go to Antarctica???” asked Mr. HPU
    ROFL!!! hahaahah! 😛 😛

    OG: heheheheheheheh

    ur bit about rain reminds me of that bit in the book, when he writes about the weatherforecast dept!!! haha!!! i can’t have enuff of that book i tell yaaaaaaaa!!!!!
    OG: amen to that!!!!!!
    ur comedy of errors cost us some beautiful snaps…..pah! 😐
    whatever happened to sharing the beauty of nature with the less fortunate like urs truly??
    OG: next time rafty!!!!

    Mr. HPU is the navigator????????
    i can’t wait for the following parts!!!! 😀 😀 😀 😀

    this was fantastic!!! u’ve captured the style of Jerome pretty well, i say!!! the start was like perfect!!! esp that bit about HPU being able to sleep anywhere! 😛
    reminds me of when they have a good meal on the boat, and they are so content, they are actually too polite to each other 😛 😛
    OG: that was classic!
    waiting for next part! and also waiting for payment promised for this comment! :mrgreen:
    OG: 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛

  14. December 2, 2009 7:20 pm

    Is this going to be like Vimmooose’ Europe trip diaries? Then we need scans of tickets, photos of restaurant waiters and so on. 😀
    OG: hahahaha, fortunately nope!!!!

    Okay now…I am so so konphooosed with your DP, HP, OP, FP, TP. Manshyan manasilvaunna names ezhithikoode ente OG.
    OG: 😛 😛 😛 yeah, maybe confusing but had to get the characters right 😛 😛

    • December 2, 2009 8:20 pm

      Vimmoooose o???? adu endu saadanamaanu ??? something like lazy goose??? ee pennumpillayude oru kaaryam !!!
      OG: enikku peru ishtapattu!
      and on that initials, I second you solilo !! avanmaarkonnum maryaadakkulla perille ente OG ????? 😀 😀
      OG: dai, when I come to chennai, I will have a post with char VV!!!!!!

  15. December 2, 2009 8:12 pm

    Hehe Jerome K Jerome will be proud OG.
    OG: 😛 😛 😛 😛

  16. December 3, 2009 3:53 am

    all this much for an intro… and without pics!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀 OGGGGGGGGG… where’s the rest??? 😛 😛
    OG: will take time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. December 3, 2009 7:11 am

    Few times ,It happened with me and my friends also 🙂
    OG: good for u!

  18. December 3, 2009 9:30 am

    Okk looks like this is a book to order !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😆
    OG: 😛 😛 😛 😛 maybe in the future dude!

  19. December 4, 2009 4:49 am

    OGees, where are you? Don’t do this disappear act. 😦 Come back little bro.
    OG: hugs don sols!!!!!!!!!!!!! I think I am going on a an extended break!!!!!!!!! I just dont have the will to blog!!!!!!!!

    • December 4, 2009 9:19 am

      sigh… he’s gone again 🙄

      mungal pongal vidagdhan aanu!! 😀 😛
      OG: ROFL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • December 4, 2009 1:58 pm

        yes yes EOG! where have u been?! come back, will ya??!!!

        OG: on a break!!!!!!

        • December 5, 2009 11:29 pm

          We want OG.
          We want OG.
          We want OG.
          We want OG.
          We want OG.
          We want OG.

          Maryadakku varunno atho? :mad
          OG: break sols, I cannot muster the will to write a single sentence!!!!!!!! 😦

        • December 24, 2009 5:08 pm

          yep!! OG come back NOW! 👿

  20. December 5, 2009 8:16 pm

    *sits down at EOG’s blog with enuff food supply (coz this may take days)
    and a placard that read – Whatever Happened To Part II ?*

    OG: I dont think it will happen…………………………

    • December 24, 2009 8:19 pm

      what nonsense is this OG? 👿
      no smiley? just a trail of dots?
      come and ASAP! 😈

  21. December 6, 2009 11:53 am

    LOL OG! You guys managed to take no cameras between the five of you!!

    Three men in a boat is a classic!! I love it! You can read it and reread and reread it and still enjoy it 🙂

  22. December 8, 2009 12:57 pm

    When I started reading the post, I was immediately reminded of Three Men in a Boat!! Saw the last line and knew it was correct 🙂

  23. December 13, 2009 11:52 pm

    Heyy, you are mentioned in my 200th post. Have a look :

  24. December 20, 2009 6:31 pm

    LOL…..comedy of errors huh!!!

    So where’s part 2

  25. December 24, 2009 4:10 pm

    OG? wats this? apoopan ? *sigh* is your memory fading again?giving you some trouble?
    here take these appoopan…

    *hands a whole bottle of memory plus capsules to OG* :mrgreen:

    seriously 😦 OG dont disappear please 😛 😛

    come back !!! NOW an dthats an order! *tapping foot waiting for OG to come back to class* 😛

    Belated Happy Birthday OG!:)
    where’s my treat appoopan?

    oh wait! at your ‘advanced ‘ age all birthdays must be seeming the same no?
    *Indy runs for her life* :mrgreen:


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