Sunday, July 25, 2010

Visit to Napa Valley

All pics of this visit

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Since last so many days we (me and Chandra) were planning trip to Napa Valley. Finally on 17th Jully we had Napa Valley trip. Napa Valley is around 84 miles from Sanata Clara and it was not possible to complete this visit in one day with the help of public transport so we decided to book one day Napa trip from Sanfransisco (SFO). Tour bus was going to start at 9:15am from SFO and It takes around one and half hour to reach SFO from Santa Clara so we started around 7am from Santa Clara and reached SFO on time to catch tour bus. Weather was cold and that day I had forgot my jacket :(

Bus got full around 9:20am and our driver Mr. Washington started journey from SFO. Mr. Washington was very active person and he was giving all interesting information about SFO while driving. he made this journey very interesting. I have heard lot about wineries in Napa and Sonama Valley and finally today I was going to visit them so I was quite excited. When we were traveling in Napa and Sonama Valley, all round us there was just Grape farms and Wineries. Mr. Washington told some interesting stories about How farmers in Napa got started Grapes farming and How this wine business started.


Finally around 11am we reached at our first destination, "JACUZZI family vineyard". We were welcomed by JACUZZI vineyard Guide. He gave us all the information about JACUZZI vineyard and JACUZZI family who started this vineyard. Most interesting part was while talking about each wine, we used to get opportunity to test that wine :) I enjoyed a lot this wine testing activity. while giving information about JACUZZI, guide was treating JACUZZI family as king and he was giving information about their ancestors and all. I didn't understood why he is giving so much of importance to JACUZZI family history and all but when I visited some other wineries during the day I realized that "In Napa Valley, families which started wineries have lot of importance and high respect". JACUZZI family was originally from from Italy and that's why this winery building has Italian kind of structure. One of the most distinguishing part of this winery was person who started this winery had 11 children and each brand of JACUZZI wine is dedicated to his children. You can find their photos on JACUZZI's wine bottles. Guide also took us to their store room where they kept wine for 6 months or one year depending on their fermentation process. They use containers made up of special wood [forgot tree name :)] and these containers are specially imported from France. During extra time we got chance to visit their grape farms as well. after couple of hours we moved to our next destination.


Our second destination was "SHUTTER HOME winery". This was one of most old winery in this area. It specializes in dessert wines and testing these dessert wines was delightful experience. Here also SHUTTER HOME's Guide gave us all information about this winery and some stories about family who started it. One story was really interesting. The first family SHUTTER, who started this winery had written "SHUTTER" word in very big letters on the roof of winery. If you are taking aerial view, then only you can see it. So long back when they sold it someone else, roof changing and painting cost to remove word "SHUTTER" was so high that even second owner decided to continue with same name and after that they never changed it. Oh, my God..!!! I found this story bit exaggerative but was interesting to know such facts about winery.


Our third destination was "MADONNA" winery. This winery has got certificate of organic winery. They explained lot of things about organic certificate and all but I found it boring and got busy in looking at grape farm around us. Guide of this winery taught us How to test a wine? and when I followed his steps, I could realize the difference in test.

Overall it was great experience but because of time constraint only thing I missed was wine train trip. After visiting all three wineries and wine testing while coming home, we were slightly in different world ;)

With all these different experiences, end of day it turn out to be great trip and special thanks to Mr. Washington who made this trip more interesting with some historic stories in his humorous style.

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Sandy.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The Poem Of La Mancha

Last Sunday I had regular phone call with my family members. During that conversation my sister said that she had posted some interesting youtube link on my orkut scrapbook and I should just see it. I checked it and it was marvelous speech by Vishwas Nagare Patil (Senior police officer). It was inspirational speech for all young people learning at Shardanagar during one of their function. But I found that this speech is beyond age and almost everyone can learn something from it.

If you understand Marathi, Its must watch video for you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QdaQgk9RUQ

In his speech he mentioned one poem "The Poem Of La Mancha" (Impossible Dream). I just loved the kind of optimism, will power and courage the poet is talking about. Though poets talk of Impossible dream, he wants to convey message as nothing is impossible as long as you think I am possible. Seriously yaar... "Where there is a will, there is a way..!!!" I am really influened by this poem and while listening it, I just went into deep introspection. More I realized it, more I like it.


I think even my friends will like it and it will be helpful for them as well. But to be frank after reading this peom if you have "ah... effect" on your mind then only you will be in position to appreciate it.

The Poem Of La Mancha
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To dream the impossible dream,
To fight the unbeatable foe,
To bear with unbearable sorrow,
To run where the brave dare not go.

To right the unrightable wrong,
To love pure and chaste from afar,
To try when your arms are too weary,
To reach the unreachable star.

This is my quest,
To follow that star,
No matter how hopeless,
No matter how far.

To fight for the right,
Without question or pause,
To be willing to march into Hell,
For a heavenly cause.

And I know if I'll only be true
To this glorious quest
That my heart will lie peaceful and calm
When I'm laid to my rest.

And the world will be better for this,
That one man, scorned and covered with scars
Still strove with his last ounce of courage
To reach the unreachable star.

- by "Joe Darion".
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Hey buddy, come on, come back here, you also went into deep thought?? I can see "ah... effect" from your facial expression... :)

Sandy.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

visit to "Intel Museum".

All pics of this visit: http://picasaweb.google.co.in/sandeeppppp/IntelMuseum#

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As usual this week was very busy and I couldn't find even half an hour time to plan what I am going to do on Saturday. But it was sure that we [me and Chandra (my friend)] will go somewhere for biking. Finally on Friday we just decided that we will go "Intel Museum" which is around 4 to 5 mile from our Santa Clara office.

On Saturday morning we started on our bikes for "Intel Museum", Chandra was familiar with road so there was no need of map this time. weather was quite Good and we were enjoying biking.

"Gordon Moore" and "Robert Noyce" (Founders of Intel)

When I had thought of visiting "Intel Museum", I had just thought that I will come to know about Intel's growth history and their magic in semiconductor industry. Oh... but actual visit turned out to be more inspirational. When I read about How "Gordon Moore" and "Robert Noyce" started this company for a moment I went speechless. The way they started their career and took it to different level is really inspirational. Noyce has around 17 patents on his name. oh man!!! 17 patents? really God gifted intelligence. Every time they took some risk with innovative idea and with extra ordinary effort they converted it into success. I also liked the way information about these two guys was presented in museum, Almost they covered their biography with all major info and evidence. Even there was scrapbook of Robert Noyce. It was really inspirational to know so much about these two people...!!!

I liked one quote by Robert Noyce and just kept thinking about it.....
"Optimism is essential ingredient for innovation. How else can the individual welcome change over security, adventure over staying in safe places?"

After such inspiration first section, In second section they gave all the information about How actually processor is fabricated in Intel's lab.
They explained almost all the stages in processor fabrication, right from collecting raw silicon material to testing of fabricated processor.
How they maintain their fab labs and all. It was interesting to know How this magical small chip is fabricated which has become integral part of almost every human being on this planet.

In third section there were interesting things like "digital rain" and some games. I enjoyed catching digital rain droplets while Chandra was busy in playing some chess game.

In forth and final section they had given info about all the processor models Intel has fabricated till date. (I had tried to capture snap of almost every processor).

Overall it was informative, interesting and more than that inspirational visit...!!!

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I hope my this first attempt of writing a blog was interesting experience for all my reader friends. I will share my travelogue and some more interesting things on this blog.

Sandy.