Thursday, September 08, 2005

Some people lost some sleep last night....

1:15 AM, Thursday Sept 8th

A car pulls up outside our building and loud voices are heard.
“How could you?” she yelled.
“Oh yeah?" And (lots of stuff I couldn’t catch) later, “What was THAT about huh? HUH?” he yelled.

I grinned into the darkness. Couple of fighting cats they were. I waited for the voices to fade as they walked away from their car. But some 20 minutes later they were still at it. His voice was louder and hers was getting incomprehensible due to the accompanied sobbing. It went on and on. Car doors slammed, one of them was leaving. But the car engine did not start up. I heard the woman yell and then silence.

I crept out of bed and walked to the window. Mr.Gabby sat up bolt upright with a look suggestive of somebody who has just been dropped on this planet with none of the necessary chips installed in his head.
“I just want to check to see nobody is hurt” I say.
“What happened? What happened?”
“Nothing, go back to sleep” I say.
And he promptly flops back. Gentle snores in precisely 10 seconds.

They were standing at opposite ends of the car, leaning, backs to each other. Ah, a break. Rehashing strategies and gathering energy.
“And what about that time....(sobbing)...It HURT!”
She had stomped over and was flinging her arms at him like a mad woman. Do we all look like that, when we’re mid-match? Gosh, have to do something about the cry face. Why can’t we cry like they do in the movies? All silent tears and quivering lips? This was ugly man!
“You did the same thing last week!” It was his turn.
As they were both shouting now, I gave up on the dialogue. Not a good idea guys, stick to today’s problem, I silently sent forth a suggestion. This will never end otherwise.

I could hear our neighbor pacing upstairs. I’m sure everyone in the vicinity was just wishing they would take it indoors. Our apartment Superindent is a little rough around the edges and I was afraid he would lose it very soon. And just as the thought left my head, I heard his window opening and a resounding "I'M GONNA CALL THE COPS ON YA!" reverberating through the building.

The couple did not even notice. She kicked at his legs with her pointy shoes and he was trying to hold her arms away from him.
“I’m leaving” he said
“GO! GO! GO!”
But he didn’t and they did some more yelling.

A cop car came by. He didn’t have his lights on, so maybe he was just doing his rounds and the Supt. hadn’t actually followed through with his threat. But the cop stepped out.

The guy walked over to the girl’s side. There were many softly spoken words. She clutched his shirt. He put his arm around her. They talked some more and the cop gestured to the building. They shook their heads and then nodded in unison. They locked their car and began walking away. The cop drove off. The guy returned to the car. He’s gonna leave her now I thought, a little breathlessly. He fished out her metallic clutch from the passenger seat and took it back with him. They walked to their door silently holding hands.

WHAT? All they needed was a good scolding?

I looked at the clock, 2:25 AM. Mr. Gabby tosses.
I whispered “They’re OK”.
“Oh God, I have to get up early” he groans, making sympathetic noises that were meant for himself.
He had lost maybe 25 seconds of sleep!
So I shook him gently and asked “Do I look like a mad woman when I cry and yell at the same time?”
“No, very nice...you look..” “Oh God, I have to get up early” he repeats.

They did put some of the necessary chips in! LOL!

84 Comments:

Anonymous burf said...

Do you really look like a mad woman when you cry and yell at the same time? ;)

:D

6:05 AM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

Show some honesty...and this is what it gets me! :)

And those days are always bad-hair days to add to it!!

6:23 AM  
Blogger anantha said...

Do we all look like that, when we’re mid-match?

Match? You talking about tennis here? Sania looked like the perfect babe. But that was Sania. Dunno about the other ladies. Haven't been in a fight with one and certainly haven't hung around to watch one. So can't say!

6:33 AM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

Ah Anti. So green around the ears. Time you caught a cute Tam babe we can dish with.

Sania's match is a little different from the one I was privy to last night! Same amount of sweating going on though.

6:43 AM  
Anonymous Ashok said...

Mr.Gabby has learned how to live :D

6:47 AM  
Anonymous ?! said...

Me, I beat my wife all the time

6:53 AM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

Ashok - The chips! They're doing all the work! Wake a man up in the middle of the night with that question and pat comes the "right" answer?! No questions! It's the chips I say!

?! - Tell me you're just saying that to get us all worked up. She must be smashing you to a pulp in return *grin*

6:56 AM  
Anonymous sqrl/nt said...

compliments when on auto pilot?? thats amazing! where did u get these chips?

7:08 AM  
Blogger Priyavadan said...

Anti, It was not sania, it was maria the perfect babe. *drool*

Yesterday's match between Davenport and Dementieva was nothing short of amazing still it wasnt half as entertaining as the match Grabby witnessed.

So I shook him gently and asked “Do I look like a mad woman when I cry and yell at the same time?”
“No, very nice...you look..” “Oh God, I have to get up early” he repeats.

perfect, does Mr Grab offer some training sessions? I could do with some help when it comes to answering tricky questions like those.

*Talking about chips, it has to be AMD all the way ! I betcha Intel can not produce chips which give you the right answer!

*-biased, I work at AMD, control nahin hota sorry!

7:38 AM  
Anonymous ?! said...

All wimmen pliss to note: these are the chips that are handed out at " fish n chips with the boys" and "beer n chips with the boys" sessions. So think twice 'fore complaining the next time.

Nowway@ Gab... and I meant @ Scrabble!!

7:55 AM  
Blogger pingoo said...

Yo ! day before yday something happened in my building (not sure if it was murder or what !) cuz there were cops all over, fire engine and two three choppers hovering on top of the builing....cops taking some *finger-print* kits and what not to the 14th floor...and one guy was taken into police custody. Though its a very nice neighbourhood and all that..things like this freak us out !!

“No, very nice...you look..”

lol...things that people have to do to get a good night sleep ;-).

8:18 AM  
Anonymous Passerby said...

Gabby, maybe Mr.G can sign checks while he is in auto-pilot too. Things might go very well between you two if this is so. Worth a try?

8:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gabby @ bad hair days - I firmly believe that's what sets off the crying and yelling.. bad hair days bring a case of misdirected anger!

9:59 AM  
Blogger anantha said...

Gabby: Ya, it is time! *sigh* :p

Priyavadan: Sania rocks, cos I am way past drooling over non-desi chicks. That was a phase 5 years ago. I am told that painters had phases/periods in their lives where certain colors and subjects dominated over others. Likewise, this phase of my life could probably termed (by my future biographer, of course) as "The Practical Period", just after the "Aishwarya Rai would be my ideal better half" period, which ended sometime around the time when Gabby commented that I remind her of Robert Barone! However I like to tell people that this change happened when Ms.Rai opened her mouth and giggled on national TV here in the US!

10:02 AM  
Blogger Priyavadan said...

aha, no instantaneous comment, I need to think before I can write.

10:16 AM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

sqrl/nt - they seem to have developed on their own! no manual installation required it seems :)...?! says they're handed out at beer n chips sessions...how convenient! I think it's more evolution than anything else :)

priyavadan - thanks, thanks. So if Mr.Gabby starts these beer n chip sessions, you would enroll? Group discount on all AMD products maybe? We're talking!

?! - Your beer n chip sessions don't warn you about beating the wife? LOL! For some reason I picture you as the exact opposite of a wife beater...!

Pingoo - Our "nice" neighbourhood gives us this...yelling matches in the middle of the night. Yes, it seems like the man has evolved beyond sleep disturbance of any kind....I really think passerby's suggestion should be tested out. Who knows where this might take us??!!

Anon - Interesting concept. Very possible. Also bad skin days and nothing-to-wear days and they-are-overworking-me-at-work days and pms-ing days and some days in between...! LOL!

Anti - You still do remind me of R.Barone. He gets himself hot girl from Italy and all...but can't keep her. I think you have problems with the upkeep too, reeling them in is easy enough. Am I right?
Also, what was it about the 111th comment you wrote in "Friends with Fewer Obligations" ??? I didn't get it.

Priyavadan - We wait patiently :)

11:20 AM  
Anonymous Ash said...

LOL !

I like people-watching too - but I've never done it at one in the night !

And yeah, I think all women look terrible when crying. And I'm talking about proper crying, not the fake stuff in the movie. A good cry involves a scrunched up face, smeared mascara, bleary eyes, running eye-liner and a snivelly nose. That's what gets the guys to shut up and listen to us !

11:31 AM  
Blogger Twilight Fairy said...

Things can get really ugly! But I guess everyone has their 'bad' days..and everyone else knows that..

11:32 AM  
Blogger Twilight Fairy said...

ash, if only the guys would actually listen!

11:33 AM  
Blogger Priyavadan said...

*burp* lunch meetings are always fun, specially when you have a bakra waiting to be picked up at the table, well thus sochne ka time mila nahin abhi tak, will do as I am in my cubicle now and I get paid to think :D god I love my job.

pls to be more patient, kthnx :D

11:53 AM  
Anonymous A MAN said...

Maybe you women should just tone down the crying instead of trying to look good while doing it.

A MAN

1:28 PM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

Ash - I know, I think I carry the people-watching hobby a bit too far at times :)...Yes, I have very often caught a slightly-traumatized look on the man while I'm having one of my cry-yell sessions...I used to jot it down as attentiveness or realization (at the trauma he had caused me), now I'm afraid it's just how I looked! :D

T.Fairy - Yes that was definitely theirs. I'm gonna be all ears for the next few nights in any case! And yes, the scarier we look the lesser they listen I guess. But at least we can numb them into a stage of docility! !

Priyavadan - All that eating seems to have put ya to sleep? Come now Anti is not that complicated...

Man - LOL! But it's just so ya'll listen!!!! ;)

3:16 PM  
Blogger Rhyncus said...

Sigh, who's gonna tell them that it doesn't matter how they look while crying? Mostly the man's wondering how the heck he can get out of the mess with the least physical and financial damage. That's the same survival instinct that works with sleepy men being asked potentially dangerous questions.

3:20 PM  
Blogger Priyavadan said...

eating does put me to sleep, seriously.. productivity after lunch goes down by 50% almost.. anyways I got something to think about, no its not anti but an interview on sunday. I am one of those who is in line for the H1B. meanwhile after my volley game I shall get back to analyzing Anti before I cut myself off from the world till sunday evening...

AMD proc's for everyone, sure thing, let me get a job in hand and then I can deal with AMD to give me a fulltime offer. Once the deals closed, a 3000+ opteron for everyone :D

meanwhile Anti, the practical period = drooling over sania? what's next err who's next in line? ;)

3:45 PM  
Anonymous Somedude said...

Seriously, no guy ever cares how his girl looks when they are fighting (Yes, I said his girl, feminists can bite my *ss). As another commenter alluded, the only goal at that point is to get the emotionally high state done away without further damage, and bring the discussion to a quieter level. I am amazed that those two birds did not care about the public spectacle they were causing.

5:46 PM  
Blogger anantha said...

Gabby: I think you have problems with the upkeep too

Whoa whoa, where did you get that from? lol, me never been in any position to keep. Reeling them in? What does that mean. I don't fish. I just be the way I am! lol..I am what i am. Anyways, the 111 was about the Triple Nelson, which is a famous number in cricket, esspecially in games where David Shepherd is one of the umps. Ask Mr.Gabby, he will elaborate and mebbe u can score a few brownie points talking about cricket.

6:42 PM  
Blogger anantha said...

Priyavadan: After all, tomorrow's another day. As Obelix fears, the sky might just fall on my head and there is no scope for drooling. So we will see when it comes to that :)

6:44 PM  
Blogger Parna said...

awwww...

and am sure 'making up' was their fun part.

8:11 PM  
Blogger :-) said...

ash: You forgot to mention running nose. 'Shut up and listen'? Peace baby.

Fairy: Listen to what?

Gab: Now, you are making me curious. How do you look like when you are crying and yelling? Yeah, hubby did use the right chipset at that odd hour. :-)

8:56 PM  
Blogger Swathi said...

i can totally identify with u,with me it happens when I'm frightened in the nite n I wake him up and he says 'therez nothing,go back to sleep' -as if itz so easy...

I dread bad hair days but I think some women luk gud while crying , yaa the smudged make-up luk.

11:10 PM  
Anonymous Zoheb said...

So I shook him gently and asked “Do I look like a mad woman when I cry and yell at the same time?”

Never quite imagined Gabby crying and yelling. Is this like a regular female thing. I thought only kids yelled and cried. Never too late for me to learn I guess :-)

11:48 PM  
Anonymous ?! said...

Zoheb, a small list of regular female things as illustrated :

(a) Insatiable curiosity@ irrelevances. cf waking up in middle o night to check up on street fights.

(b)Irrational and tangential references to self in the middle of swirling chaos. ( He was stomping, she was flinging arms at him.. what did Supe do? Rational, call the police. What does she think about? "Do we all look like that? Gotta do something about the cry face".)

(c) Self absorption to an amazing degree ( Notice how many tims Mr Gabby tosses and turns and pleads for respite, but she wakes him up to ask..) bringing to end of today's lesson

(d) Ask questions to which there aren't any correct answers, or rather exist minefields of counter qs. Q:->" Do I look like a mad wimman when I cry and yell ?" A:-> No, you don't, you look nice. Stepped on mine CQ:->"So I have to cry and yell for you to take notice, huh??"
Alternate A:-> " yes, you do look a mad woman". That is really living dangerously: nobody who gave a reply like that has lived to tell the tale.

Note to self :Never drink on week days, makes you curmudgeonly the day after.

1:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if ya all dont mind, please stop generalizing all women as stupid and yelling and crying.. there are as many women that do as there are men.. and there are as many women who are quite level headed and composed when faced with a disagreement/tiffs/squabbles etc as there are men. btw, mr?!, calling the cops cos you own/manage the damn building though rational doesnt look to me like a gender based thing.. if the superintendent was a woman, maybe she would have done the same!! but gabby is just a spectator..

and also sick and tired of this mascara smudged faces etc etc.. FYKI not all women wear make up.. be it mascara, eyeliners, blushes or foundation creams that wear off in the flood that follows our so-called favorite sport - crying and flailing arms!! *sheesh* what kind of weepy, insecure woman are you, gabby, that you need constant affirmation of your looks and other things from your husband? in the middle of the night? see a shrink and get a life.

4:34 AM  
Anonymous ?! said...

sheesh nonny, its called humour. sheesh, woman, its a BLOG. See a shrink and get a life. (Unless, as before, YOU are Indra Nooyi).

5:22 AM  
Blogger alpha said...

ignore the anon..sheessh!

LOL Gabby baby! If you want to know what you look like during those times, I can send you a certain video coverage and you can conclude for yourself. *evil grin*

people, it's selling for 30 bucks a piece.

5:51 AM  
Anonymous ?! said...

Is a buck. (Blackbuck , specifically). ( Greying blackbuck, even more specifically). Now I need 29 more.

6:14 AM  
Blogger alpha said...

nono ?! no need to sacrifice any animals for this nobel enterprise..1 buck = 1 dollar in cash. Well, that one buck you already have... hope Salman khan doesnt see it.

6:20 AM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

rhyncus - Ah you speak from experience boy? Start with the physical damage, a bit more interesting than the financial one :)

priyavadan - so 9 to 11 is when you do get some work done? :)....lunch you think of comments or engage in hazing routines and it's siesta time after that..AMD seems to be the place to be!

somedude - I do gather emotional confrontations are not a guy thing...the 2 "birds" did not seem to care ONE BIT. And that is the funny part...washing all their dirty laundry right there in the middle of the street!

Anti - thanks for 111 tip...will use that too :)....no? no problems in upkeep? problems in reeling? tell you your problem boy, share! :)...else get us a nice tam chica.

parna - :)...hope so! don't want a repeat telecast every night. THAT won't be fun or blog-worthy. No meaning left.

:) - Very nice...I look. Now it's two of us telling you this, believe!

6:22 AM  
Anonymous ?! said...

Nobel enterprise ? Explosive, if you get the point. Cash ? As in Johnny Cash ? You'll give it one piece at a time, and it won't cost me a dime?

6:25 AM  
Blogger anantha said...

Alpha: Did you notice that Gabby is giving you the cold shoulder? As if she thinks it will all die down if she keeps quiet about it. And $30?? God.. thats theiving, I say. And that too for Gabby's mascara stained face? I know certain websites where you can upload files and send the link to other ppl for download. Want urls for those sites?
Gabby: Hmmm... you are trying to put words into my mouth :p
Patience is a virtue when it comes to fishing. It shall happen when the time's right. So will sit tight :p

6:57 AM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

swathi - sleep is very important. to us too but to them, it's paramount. This could be put to good use as mentioned by some in this place. Signing checks sounds interesting but I can sign my own so that's no use. If they could be made to sign statements it could be fun.

zoheb - most of us cry. some little, some more. some don't at all, they also don't use make-up. maybe the make men cry all the time. there's a word for the kind, it's just not coming to me now. my memory gets sharper the more provoked I am though, so maybe later :)

?! - I'm sure Zo is much thrilled with your help. I'm compiling a guy list now. We can all share and be the smarter for it!
a) They woke me up!
b) Swirling chaos? My home wasn't on fire! 2 nutcases on the road! You panic easily my man.
c) I first told him they're OK. Doesn't it show my concern/kindness for all mankind?
d) You live with a woman, you ARE living dangerously. And that is what makes it fun!

Anon - Couldn't wait to get to you :) Every heard of humor? Do you think every time Peter Russel talks about desis he's saying we ALL have those hang-ups or Seinfeld thinks all Asians are slow "Chinamans"? I strongly suspect you have a blog of your own filled with generalizations of a worse kind. And in clarification, I say "Do we all look..." not "Do we all (women only) look...” So you are free to include or exclude yourself from that group. If the tear ducts have been choked up with grime or whatever in your case, then please move on. I don't insist you relate to my piece.
Not everybody can take a humorous look at their own quirks, and in my opinion one who can recognize these weaknesses is way way ahead of one who believes she/he has none. I have much to say on my blog and some people do enjoy the stuff I write...and this is a very small facet of my life. Now, do YOU have any life to speak of?

?! - Not the makings of an Indra Nooyi this Anon. Let her/him go! & thanks for the support!

alpha - sheesh! seems like the word of the day! only 30 bucks? give me a cut and i'll add a "Then and Now" angle to the movie :)
and alpha & ?! - please not to be harming the harmless. if you have to be evil, there are people here you have my permission to attack, freely! *evil grin*

7:02 AM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

Anti - the video also has the beginning and ending of Alpha's graduation (but NOT the middle part):D In their zeal to record my non-repeating performance the couple recorded it over the ceremony! You can see Alpha's nostrils at close range and it looked like it was spring-cleaning time already...Phew!...There Alpha, you can hike the price now.

7:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

from the same anonymous as the most recent -
gabby thanks for responding, though the first para was mainly intended for the dope who was compiling this boring list of "regular female things".. That nullifies your point of me seeing into non-existent things. like in (women) where it was explicitly not said. go do a sheesher yourself.

and mr. compiler of boring things, I would have gladly seen the humor in what you think is funny, if the idea was original.. rather than droning on the same kinda stuff that soap operas are made of.. and of stuff that has been harped on for long enough to make the humor lack luster!!

and about having a life, a much better one than all of the people who comment here. look at the comments, you might have to say "Now, do YOU have any life to speak of?" to more people!! and gabby, if you want to be mean to me, try harder!!

thanks for the non-entertainment. :)

7:15 AM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

Anon - So people who have left comments here have no life too? "To more people" you say, justifying at least the one time I used it.

Not too keen on trying harder to be mean to you. Exchanging insults with a person who hides behind "Anon" is not my thing. So, go.

7:29 AM  
Blogger alpha said...

anon, it's ok sweety... soap operas can be very time consuming and frustrating. Trying watching just three a day and use the rest of the day for meditation and nice thoughts about ocean and birds.
If you leave your name and address, i can send you personal yoga instructor home.
*hoping he falls for this and gives out credentials*

gabby! Hai raam! Did you have to remind me of my graduation tape that got ruined with your crying. *sniff* My poor parents now will never know if their daughter used up their money trying to graduate or send yoda instructors to random troll's houses.

7:29 AM  
Anonymous anonymous2 said...

Bite my ass anonymous! You have original stuff to say? Your comments read like a standard hypocrite's.

7:42 AM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

alpha - Anon is not a "he". And your parents will understand that their money was required in order to document their child's happening grad life :)

Anon2 - :)

7:56 AM  
Blogger anantha said...

*shouts "CAT FIGHT" and hunts for the half eaten packet of chips and salsa from the office fridge and sits down on a boring deary Friday and braces for the inevitable hair pulling, scratching and snarling and then realizes that he has to be the gentleman that is always and steps in*

Chill ladies.. chill..

Anon2: Is "bite my ass" a variation of the eternal "kiss my ass" line? Why would the insulter subject themselves to pain just to spite the insultee? Hmmm.. point to ponder...

8:18 AM  
Anonymous Maddie said...

Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder. Ok, agreed.
Now, who ever said a man could see :-P ?

8:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even though I posted earlier as Anon (about bad hair days!:)) I am really offended by Anon2 using my Anon identity.. Please leave troll.. you are tarnishing my identity ;) with your utter lack of humor and mucho drama!

Alpha's tips are great.. now if only you'd leave and try some!

-sb

9:05 AM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

anti - you ask for a catfight and maybe it's occasion enough to pull out a flowery one, what say? and no point removing that post, Gabby has saved the picture under folder named "priceless" *Muhaaaahaaaa*
Your point to ponder is worth pondering on...

Maddie - LOL! We better tell them!

9:08 AM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

sb - not to worry, bad-hair-day-Anon has not been mistaken for troll. There wasn't enough of the misplaced snootiness :)

9:12 AM  
Blogger Priyavadan said...

*cough* people who comment have no life? *cough*

does that make us immortal? no life thus no death? ;)

Anti: Friday morning, no work at office?

Gabby: hell yeh AMD is the place to be. Laze around in office, work from home at night? kya karein aise hi hain hum.. should I say challenged by sleep? ;)

Anti-analysis: Anti is the action man, yeah?

9:39 AM  
Anonymous Ashok said...

Can I say that one of the reasons I like this blog is because Gratis always laughes at herself in her posts. They aren't many of those kind around.

12:01 PM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

priyavadan - Ah well Austin is a good place to be...Good luck with the interview you mentioned.

Ashok - Thanks a lot :) *beaming* You just made my day.

12:28 PM  
Blogger VC said...

Q. Do I look like a mad woman when I cry and yell at the same time?
(a). No.
(b). Not at all.
(c). You can cry AND yell at the same time. Coohool!!

Real men always pick (c).

2:16 PM  
Blogger visithra said...

Awww the last line was so cute ;))) glad to know the chips kicks in at all times! ;p

7:56 PM  
Blogger AmitL said...

LOL...Gabby,I'm really surprised...I never thought u're the 'Ek Chhoti si love story'espying kind.:):)Just kidding.I guess curiosity does get the better of a person at such times...Well, now,it's time for an update,na....did the two fight again after that,or,is it all hunky dory?Err...when do we see a pic of you crying and yelling at the same time,to make a judgement?:)

8:29 PM  
Blogger :-) said...

Wow...this is getting better. Reading two girls fighting over a post of a girl watching a couple fighting at the middle of the night.

Gabby: Thanks for all this fun.

9:14 PM  
Blogger KJ said...

“Do I look like a mad woman when I cry and yell at the same time?”

u really think that women might want the answer to that question or for that matter any hubby ud ACTUALLY answer that question.???

:D

2:51 AM  
Blogger anumita said...

I feel uncomfortable watching people fight, especially couples. Sometimes they probably look for some support making it public but I am bad with that too.

5:42 AM  
Blogger The Reporter said...

:) Nice post gabby. It would have been so much worse if you knew those people know? Or would it? Quarrels like this happen pretty often in the lane outside my house, considering there's a whole lane of not very well off people whose houses are prerty small in the first place and a whole lot of strangers join the fray :). Guess it must be much more noticeable there :)

8:04 AM  
Blogger anantha said...

Gabby: Finally last night I realised why this was so familiar to me. I mean public quarrels! I am from Chennai, the city of infinite demand and zero supply of drinking water. The rapid increase in such scenes over the past decade and a half has actually brought about the inclusion of a new phrase in colloquial Tamil - Kozha adi sandai (Kozha = Tap, Adi = Below, Sandai = Quarrel). These things don't need a time table to happen, since Chennai water supply does not function based on fixed time table. And the participants usually are two women fighting over whose pot was closer to the tap, though on certain instances women have been known to kick ass when their opposition happens to be a guy, usually a local dada who takes over the water tap and forms his own regulatory board! And these incidents usually form a part of every pre-teen's learning experience when it comes to learning the choicest expletives ranging from the simple and harmless "kaidhe" (donkey), "kasamalam" (etymology unknown) to the more complicated ones refering to certain body parts and incestous activities frowned upon by society. And such scenes have corrupted the once clean minds like me, since it comes out of the mouth of individuals who are otherwise regarded as the pillars of Indian society - The housewives!
And that is why the whole of Chennai waits for the water from the famed Krishna river to flow into Chennai. What flows now is only sewage!

9:54 AM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

vc - Real foolish men? :)

visithra - I suspect it only kicks in during these semi-conscious times. The rest of the time, it's real life.

amit - I'm all kinda things spying kind! And curiosity gets the better of me more often than not. It's been quiet last coupla nights...but we never know, do we? :)

:-) - Well, if not my post than atleast my comment section! My readers come first :)

kj - We like the auto-pilot versions don't we? The real answer will never come, if it does, there'll be yet another chance to check right then!

anumita - yup, it's not AT ALL comfotable if you know the couple. And it always effects the way you see them in the future. But with strangers it's more amusing than uncomfortable, for me.

coolcat - thanks! It wouldn't have been funny at all if I knew the couple. It's quite noticeable here...back in India, our maid and her entire family used to have HUGE fights in our yard...hmmm I'm hitting some blog material right there...thanks coolcat!

10:03 AM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

LOL Anti!!! I've heard about these fights! And seen them in movies too. Hell hath no fury like a housewife faced with an obstacle in her path of providing her family the BEST :)...It's best to stay away from the war zone huh?

My heart goes out to them, imagine fighting for water! The most basic and free of all nature's bounty! So cut off from reality we are.. as I step in for the 2nd shower of the day...after a swim!

10:10 AM  
Blogger Peg said...

Gotta love it! Just gotta love it!!
I let you figure it out...;-0}

11:03 AM  
Blogger Peg said...

Oh my!~! It took me three tries to post!! Couldn't make out the letters! Three times I had to rewrite what I thought I saw and bam, no such luck!
Guess I need bi's after all!! OH dear!!
I wish they would make them letters more plain!! :-0

11:05 AM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

Peg - :D
And, I'm sorry about this word verification thing. It sucks I know....but when I found myself spending more time cleaning out spam than reading/replying-to comments, I figured it was one of those necessary evils...

8:22 AM  
Blogger manuscrypts said...

yup, neat auto response he's got :)

12:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Time for a new posting Graty.

6:42 AM  
Blogger phatichar said...

hehehe...hilarious.. :)) (Don't bother replyin' gabby. 70 comments!? phew!)

6:45 AM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

manu, phatichar - :) Thanks.

anon - Cluttered thoughts. Hopefully something will shape up soon.

8:00 AM  
Blogger manan said...

aah.. but that 25 seconds of sleep can be the dividing line between a peaceful and a disturbing sleep :D

10:03 PM  
Blogger Prerona said...

tagged :)

7:00 AM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

manan - :) I was wondering when somebody would bring that up! Good point..I was hoping to sneak by :)

prerona - are you sure? you post had other bakaras listed...!!!

8:02 AM  
Blogger Sudipta Chatterjee said...

Gratisgab, yes, if you don't mind, a little quote from Napolean comes to the mind. He had said, "Only two things unite men, fear and interest". Now, can you guess (or rather did you guess) what worked there? :D

12:31 AM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

Sudipta - Dare I hope 'both'??? :)

7:33 AM  
Anonymous Shayal said...

Hi, my first time to your blog. You write pretty well, both the serious and funny material. The poem Bless This Home is very touching, it is about loss, right? Sorry if I'm wrong.

9:48 AM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

Thanks very much Shayal. Yes, the poem is about loss.

thx again.

12:18 PM  
Anonymous ?! said...

(Reload, reload)

9:32 PM  
Blogger MD said...

Your writing keeps getting better and better and better, gabby. Really nice. This is very funny. I couldn't wait to get to the end :)

12:46 PM  
Blogger Weary Hag said...

Great story... loved the bit about the "necessary chips" - excellent image of your husband being woken up in the night!

I also can't believe we both wrote about the nasty cry-face in the same week! (my last post) We totally agree on that one. haha

5:58 AM  
Blogger anantha said...

http://www.newstodaynet.com/17sep/ld3.htm <--- These are the kind of fights i was talking about....

9:32 PM  
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