Friday, November 26, 2010

Long Beach, California

I arrived on the beautiful city of LA on Monday and was recieved by my Aunt & Uncle in LAX, LA Airport.
One amusing incident I would like to share with visitors of my blog is that, from where I come from (India), I am often asked where is my Native place of Origin because of my mongoloid features & even asked to pay foreigner fees for tourist attractions, but here on the way to LA, the airport officials seemed surprised that I had an Indian passport and the passengers whom I had conversations with assumed that I was returning home to LA as there are a lot of Asians in California. Asian American make about 10 % of the population of LA with the Majority of them in order of population being Filipino, Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese and Other asians. My cousins told me that there is even an asian rap group based in LA called the " Far East Movement", find below the famous song called" Like a G6", the song is quite popular because I hear it being played in the radio and malls both in the East coast & the west Coast.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

USA - my SWOT Analysis

I have been visiting USA for only a few months, I'm not an intellectual or a very good observer but I have been thinking of sharing my observations. I am using the SWOT (Strength, Weakness, Opportunity & Threat) tool that we have used so much in MBA classes in Business Schools.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Chevrolet Corvette Cars

Chevrolet - The Corvette is the first American Sports Car, it was designed by Harvey earl, it may be a 2 door convertible or coupe depending on the car with a V8 engine. The sound of the car was powerful. Most of the car owners were in their 40's to 50's & a new car cost almost $ 50,000. The photos taken below are from the Chevrolet Corvette club Owner's meet at Hooters in Rockville, Maryland .

2. 1959 Roadster
3. 1972 Coupe
6. 2003 Corvette - Carl Huber (Sister's Father in law)
7. 1995 coupe
15. Underneath the bonnet of different corvette models
16. Behind the wheels of dirfferent corvette models.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Washington DC

Some more photos updated.

I am now reading Dan Brown's novel, the Lost symbol and it just turns out that I get a chance to Visit Washington DC, the symbolic buildings made it all the more interesting to read the Novel.

Washington Memorial is both the world's tallest stone structure and the world's tallest obelisk, standing 555 feet 5⅛ inches & has an area of 16,001 feet. It was designed by Robert Mills & completed in 1884. The Monument is made of Marble, Granite & Sandstone. This is the masonic pyramid referred to in the novel.

Darth Vader mentioned in the book is located on the back of one of the front towers at National Cathedral in Washington.DSCN4053
The United States Capitol is the meeting place of the US Congress & Senate. Prior to meeting in the Capitol, the US congress & it's predecessors met in Philadelphia . The Capitol covers an area of 16.5 acres & constructed started in 1793. I would like to note down a few facts I read about the Capitol hill that I read about from the "Lost Symbol"
1. Statue of freedom- is a bronze state on top of the Capitol since 1863. The statue depicts a female figure holding a sheathed sword in her right hand and a laurel wreath and shield in her left hand. It height is 19.5 feet tall & 6,000 kg in weight.
2. The Rotunda- It is the central rotunda below the dome. The Rotunda is 96 feet (29 m) in diameter and rises 180 feet 3 inches (54.94 m) to the top. The rotunda was designed to evoke the Pantheon.
3. The Apostheosis of Washington- is a painting on the dome of the Rotunda by Constantino Brumundi. The Painting depicts George Washington becoming a god.

The White house is the official residence of the President of the United States. The building was designed by James Hoban in 1792.The White House is made up of six stories—the Ground Floor, State Floor, Second Floor, and Third Floor, as well as a two-story basement. Some people say that it is called the White house because white paint was applied to the building to mask the burn marks during the burning of Washington in war of 1812 by the British Army.

US Department of Commerce building

US Postal Department

US Department of Archives

Newseum - is a Museum of News & Journalism in Pennsylvania. The Museum has 15 theatres & 14 galleries.



Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in National Mall, Underneath the museum Rotunda
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in National Mall, Tryannosaurus Rex in the hall of Paleobiology
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in National Mall, The Behring Hall of Mammals with a large collection of Vetebrate with lots of stuffed animals.
USA 8Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in National Mall, The Museum has 46 different specimen of dinosaurs DSCN4855
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in National Mall,Hall of Geology & Minerals has over 350,000 mineral & 300,000 rock specimen.
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in National Mall, Washington DC

Dulles International Airport - is 26 miles from DC, This is the Airport from where Robert Langdon, the main character of the book " the Lost symbol" landed on his way to the Capitol.

Streets of DC

Friday, November 5, 2010

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy CenterNational Air and Space Museum (NASM) is the annex of Smithsonian Institution which holds the largest collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft in the world. There is a concrete road leading from the Dulles airport to the Museum. To use a popular american word " It's just awesome", a portion of the Movie, Transformer, Revenge of the fallen was shot here.
The video of the movie shot.

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1. The Hall was HUGE with hundreds of aircrafts. The Virgin Atlantic aircraft at the first pic is
the aircraft that flew around the world in 2005.
2.This jet aircraft aka the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird is actually bigger than it is, an looks huge and powerful. Maximum speed Mach 3.2, weight 1,600 kg & 107 ft long. Flying at the height of 85,000 feet, it was used for taking photographs of enemy positions. It took it's first flight in 1964.

Space Shuttle Enterprise - is named after the Starship Enterprise after the Movie Star Trek. It is about 58 feet tall, 128 feet long & about 100,000 kg. First flight was in 1977.

3.The Enola Gray B-29 Fortress is Deadliest aircraft that has flown in the world because it is this aircraft that dropped the atomic bomb "little boy"(4,000 kg) over Horishima & killed approximately 140,000 people. This aeroplane was to a certain extent helped to end world war 2. It weigh's 54,000 kg, 29 feet high and 99 feet long. It's maximum speed is 350 km/hr. It was introduced way back in 1944.

4.The Airfrance Concorde was the last Supersonic jet aircraft, It was introduced in 1976 and retired in 1973. The concorde is 202 feet long & 40 feet high with a carrying capacity of upto 120 passenger. Due to it's long length, I could not take the full photograph, The concorde was withdrawn from service due to it's high maintanence cost, sonic boom near airports and frequent crashes. My sister Sangi & her Son Brayden who took me to the Museum, they are in the foreground.

5. The Northrop P-61 aka Blackwidow was in service from 1944-1954. It is the first US Military aircraft designed for night interception & radar use.

6. Space Capsule

6.The Top aircraft is Boing 367-80, one of the first passenger jet aircraft, In service from 1954 to 1969.
The Aircraft below is the Lockheed constellation, in service 1943 to 1958.

7. Helicopters used in Vietnam War

Aircraft used for war during World War-2


8. The Dornier Do 335 used by Hitler & his army in WW-2DSCN3990
9. Arado Ar -234 - aka the Blitz is the World's first bomber used by the Luftwaffe in WW-2. Basically used for carrying upto 1,500 of bomb. Height 14ft & 41 feet long with maximum speed of 742 km/hr.


Jet's used in Vietnam & the Gulf War