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2009-01-11 Fall comes to Pasadena

Pasadena gets somethings right. Like the Rose Parade which was attended this time by 700000 people (or may be not, see http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/readers/2009/01/rose-parade-big.html) And then there is of course Caltech, which for the third year in a row was ranked best buy in US by Kiplingwer's (see http://today.caltech.edu/today/story-display-blurb?story_id=33242). But when it comes to fall, it is no ahead of the rest of California (or SoCal in any case). Its new year, or more than a week past it, and the sidewalks are overflowing with leaves which the trees have suddenly decided is time to shed. It was fun to bike over the wholesome yellow and dry green leaves making crunchy sound (but do avoid the sweet gum), especially when the leaves were bedded over cobbled road, a result of caking of tar from age. That reminded me of my childhood days. Just kidding. As a child I had to bike over narrow cement roads of Parbhani. Besides the crackling sound of the leaves, there was also the creaking sound coming from my bike itself. It started a few days back providing me with the opportunity to finally buy an oil can from Walmart. But apparently it was not the wheel ball bearings that were complaining but the shock-ups. And like the ground crew famously said of a complaint about landing gear getting stuck once in a while, I could not reproduce the problem on the ground (or while stopped, in this case).


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