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Self-Checkout Chaos

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It was saturday night, I went to the groceries to pick up some chips, drinks and dessert. I was hopping my trip to be in-n-out in 5min. I was in good mood, smiling roaming around the ailes and checking out interesting people ūüėČ I got my items and headed to the counter. Two out of six counters were open and I always wonder when are all the counter ever open. Then I thought to give a shot to self-checkout.

I am not a big fan of self-checkout. There is no human interaction there unless you mess up something or want bags for your items. But still I has only three cases so I thought it will be super quick. But to my dismay I was obstructed by two interesting people who must have spent at least 20min there.

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First of all self-checkout should not be for old people. They just spend hours there trying to figure out what to do next. Second people with hundred items should not be allowed. They not only spend hours scanning their items but also filling them in their bag. Unless they are done filling their bags no other person and move on.

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So one person ahead of me shopped like its the end of the world (or may be she has big family, no idea). She took 15min to finish scanning her items. After she finished I thought good its my turn now. But oh no scumbag machine had a scumbag plan. Unless the person before you removes all the items from the counter the second person cannot proceed. So I had to wait for another 10 min for her to finish loading her items in her cart.

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¬†On the other self-checkout machine a weird looking guy was scanning his items but could not hear the machine shouting “please remove the items” as he keep scanning the same thing again and again. A lady from the counter had to shout at the person to hold back and let the machine rewind.

So basically my pleasant journey to the grocery quickly turned out into a frustrating one. But never the less it is always fun to see interesting memes online and in knowing that you are not the only one ūüôā

Happy shopping everyone !!

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Written by tarangp

February 3, 2013 at 1:35 am

VitaLicious !!!

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Hey guys check out this awesome delicious and healthy VitaTops. It claims to have maximum nutrition and pleasure of minimum calories. Each muffin top contains about 8g of Fiber and 5g of Protein. Deep Chocolate is my fav.

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They also have VitaBrownies, VitaCakes etc….

Enjoy !!!

Written by tarangp

January 23, 2013 at 3:55 am

‚ÄúWhat ever your 100% looks like, give it.‚ÄĚ ‚Äē Lance Armstrong

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Well that explains the whole doping part. For long time cancer survivor Lance Armstrong was inspiration and motivation for millions of people. But after his opening up to public last week what will happen to all those motivated people out there ?

It much worse than saying Santa Clause do not exist to a kid. And the weird thing is he did this in his whole career. I am actually amazed to what professional and sophisticated level he has carried out this con job. The good thing about sports is you get stripped off from your title as soon as they find something is wrong. It do not matter how big of a star athlete you are.

But I know people will still stay strong and follow all the good things that LIVESTRONG¬†has to offer. So don’t give up hope, don’t be disappointed, give your 100% everyday and live clean and healthy life.

‚ÄúA boo is a lot louder than a cheer.‚Ä̬†‚Äē¬†Lance Armstrong

I hope he is prepared for the loud noise.

Written by tarangp

January 18, 2013 at 9:52 pm

Movie Review: London Paris New York (2012) [3.5/5]

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In every romantic movie there is Boy and there is a Girl. They are shown living a very different life and then serendipity strikes. They are shown in deep intellectual and witty conversation with each other which mainly involves girl complaining about everything and guy just makes fun of her. Eventually they fell in love over the course of 20min reel where they have sang a song on London bridge and hummed the beats near Eiffel tower. Well this all happens in this movie as well.

Being a realistic I only wonder how a guy meets a nice beautiful cute girl in a plane who is willing to go out with him on city tour for whole day when she missed her connecting flight. And it only happens in movies that the guy charmed his way into making the girl fall in love with her in 24hr cinematic hours.

Lets keep this aside and talk about the movie. All above mentioned situations happens in this movie but they are shown in fun way. The core idea of the subject might be adapted (or copied) from the bestselling book “One Day” but still it is a fresh and feel good movie.

 

 

 

 

Plus:

  • Music is very soulful and easy on ears. Ali Zafars’s singing and writing is very smooth and melodious.
  • Locations. No wonder movie title is good enough for explanation.
  • Pretty good performance by the leads. Not perfect but good.
  • Screenplay was not boring and dialogues were very basic day to day lines.

Minus:

  • There were ups and downs. Not very gripping storyline.
  • Drama was not quite intense.

Well this movie is recommended for the couples who wants to sit home relax and just want some fresh movie to spice up their evening.
I shall give 3.5/5

Written by tarangp

March 12, 2012 at 2:20 am

Movie Review: Hugo (2011)

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   Hugo is an enigmatic adventure of an orphan boy from Paris who lives in the station among the clock machines. His purpose is to fix the automaton that him and his father were trying to fix before he died. Hugo thinks there is a message his father has hidden in the automaton. But to his disappointment there was something more to it.

I will say its not a movie its a film. This gives a very cinematic experience. After Shutter Island failed to hold strong at the box-office, Martin Scorsese just went ahead embracing the 3D technology creating a movie very tastefully. The movie really looks amazing in 3D and technical department really deserved the Oscars that they won.

This movie is like a dream. Very deep means are attached to it. The scenes are very magical. It gives the feeling of something that exists somewhere in the world but its just not visible. Life is simple. People are driven by passion and by wealth. Where beautiful things are appreciated.

Scorsese transforms this innocent tale into an ardent love letter to the cinema and a moving plea for film preservation” –J. R. Jones¬†Chicago Reader

Well for more great movie experience check it out soon. Watching in 3D is must. A must for a cinephile.

YouGo:

  • Amazing visuals
  • Soothing¬†background score
  • Good performances
  • Screenplay / Cinematography

YouNoGo:

  • Its more Drama than Adventure
  • So it will be slow

Well its a movie to watch when you crave for some fantasy and adventure !!!

My: 8.0/10

IMDB: 8.0 / 10

Rotten Tomatoes : 93%

The Motorcycle Show – Montreal

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So recently I went to a motorcycle show called “The Motorcycle Show” in Montreal. I went to few car shows before in Montreal called “The Auto Show”¬†¬† but this was my first time to motorcycle show. I will not say it was an amazing or very impressive exhibition of engineering excellence but it was not bad either.

What I noticed was there were very few Promotional Models (or most commonly knows as car/bike babes) and there were lot of old folks. The ones that you see in gang. Still there were quite a few young enthusiastics  like me. Other than that there were lot of exotic bikes but mostly older models. I think none of the companies displayed the new ones. I might be wrong but thats what I noticed.

The one good thing about this exhibition is that a person can buy bikes and bike accessories for very discounted price. A bike that usually costs $5-6k in the market can be bought at the show in just $3-4k, for example. Also you can get twice the period of warranty and other services. You can also purchase used jackets, helmets and other accessories for the bikes over here. So its a great show to visit if you are going to buy a new bike or just passionate about it.

Because of the lack of attractive promotional models I spent all my taking pictures of motorbikes. Enjoy them below.

Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu – Movie Review

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I know lot of hardcore movie goers and film critics (who don’t get bribed) will either thrash this movie or will just give average rating. They will also label it as same-old-rom-com-hollywood-copied flick. Well I am not exactly on opposite side of their view but come on sometimes we need average movies like Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu whose sole purpose is just to entertainment people with good laugh, feel good and lightly brewed storyline.

Ek Main Ekk Tu if seen from top is just like some other romantic-comedy movie. But inside it has it twists and turns.  Not every movie shows the hero and heroine remaining best friends till the end of the movie.

Shakun Batra is another feather in the Dharma Production’s cap of directors. Like every new directors in Chopras and Johars teams Mr. Batra went with the simple formula that will give him entry into the bollywood and a little bit of fame and money.

His this movie I will say was just “average” just like Rahul Kapoor (Imran Khan).

Wins: Light Humour with few comic scenes, location and settings were eye pleasing, good performance by lead and side actors, soft and light-hearted story line.

Fails:  Humor goes a bit weird few times, poor dialogues and their deliveries, the movie will not have any kind of effect on your brain, bank balance, health or wardrobe.  What a bummer !!!

It seems Kareena Kapoor and Imran Khan did this movie like we all do our 9-5 job. Need money to survive. The only difference is traveling, designer clothes/accessories  and parties.

Now since Valentines Day is near watch it with your girlfriend / wife or woh ūüėČ Have some popcorns, relax, make comments and giggle.

Now I am wondering why did I write such a long article for a movie that is worth 2.5/5 !! phrrrrr…..

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