Week 5 and Weekend 5 – Detroit, Michigan

Work speeded up suddenly. I was able to finish the first part of the project in essentially 2 days. Then a new intern came, who shares the office with me. Until then I had a ‘single office’. He is about to finish his PhD from Maryland, is ex IITM and is working with me on at least 2 projects. I haven’t seen my mentor much in the past week since he has been at home most of the time, busy with his new born. In the past 2 weeks he has given me all kinds of tips on marriages, wives, mother in laws and stock markets 🙂

I skipped work on half of Thursday and Friday to go to Detroit to visit my first cousins and uncle. I reached on Friday early in the morning. Thanks to the 3 hours timezone difference, I woke up only at noon the next day and didn’t do much in the afternoon. In the evening we went to my aunt’s workplace, a counselling centre. After that we went to church for a special service since the Bishop had come. After church, we went shopping and then back home.

On Saturday. again I woke up late, had breakfast and went to the Henry Ford Museum. It was a place where I’m sure any mechanical engineer would have loved to go (or even an engineer in any other field) … they had a lot of engine related items in the museum, including cars, planes, steam engines and so on. I spent about 4-5 hours there in total. After that, we drove to the Canadian border. It was a pleasant place with a nice breeze. I also got to see the headquarters of the big 3 US auto manufactureres – Ford, Chrysler and General Motors.

After this I went home, had dinner, played for an hour with my cousin on his Xbox and then went of to sleep. The next morning I got up, had breakfast and went to the airport. The flight back to Seattle was a little bumpy. I was watching Ice Age on my Creative Zen…and a lady who was sitting next to me (and was about to become a grandmother in a day) kept looking at the screen, so in the end, we watched it together, followed by ‘Little Manhattan’ before the batteries ran out. I reached Seattle in the afternoon, went to have lunch at Subway, did some shopping and went back to the house.

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