Sunday, 4 November 2012

Halloween Fun and Tragedy

My friend Chris’s birthday falls on Halloween. As some of you know, we celebrate our birthdays in a restaurant of our choice. Chris always chooses an Indian. The one we usually go to is the original Indian restaurant in Madrid, by that I mean the first one. I didn’t know that before last Wednesday though.

I’ve got a couple of trivia questions for you about Indian restaurants: What kind of music do you expect to hear in an Indian restaurant? Indian. Correct, but wrong answer. When you’re on You Tube and type the letter ‘g’ in the search box, what’s the first song that begins with this letter that comes up? ‘Gangham Style’? Yes, that’s correct! That’s what was playing  when we went in, followed by Black Eyed Peas’ ‘I Got a Feeling’. After that, we pretty much enjoyed the food, which was Indian-style without the horse-riding, and the company, logically. However, I think we must have been the oldest witches out on Halloween. The underground (subway) was packed with young party goers. I’ve never seen so many people on the trains on Halloween before!

One sad note, which I’m sure will be remembered on successive Halloweens and which some of you may have heard about: 4 young girls were crushed to death at a macro-party at one of the installations the city of Madrid had built in hopes of getting the Olympic Games. The venue was supposedly for maximum 10,600 people but apparently there were 15.000, according to the D J, Steve Aoki. The party, by the way, was not held by Madrid. The city rented the space. Since then, the Mayor of Madrid has stated that no building of the city will be rented to such events in the future. My heart goes out to the families who lost their daughters, sisters, nieces, cousins,  granddaughters and friends and to those who have teenaged children who want to attend these huge gatherings. I’ve never enjoyed being in crowds.

Some are participating in a 21-day daily thanks here and some of my cousins on facebook are doing the same. I like what the picture I’m posting says. It reminded me of a couple of friends in the US that I need to write to more often.

I’m more a weekly blogger than someone who publishes daily, so I hope everyone has a good week whatever you do. 


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  2. I have a couple of friends like you describe in your photo. We are blessed, for sure!

    What a terrible tragedy that happened on Halloween. I did not see that reported in the news here. My heart goes out to the families.

    Very funny that you didn't get the traditional Indian music one would expect in an Indian restaurant. Glad the food and the company were good, however!! Wishing you a good week, too!!

    (Sure wish you could edit your comments after they are posted!)

  3. I agree it would be a good idea to be able to edit our comments. I make lots of mistakes, especially when I'm on the ipad. Don't worry about it, Terri. I know you didn't write anything rude.

  4. Hi , I just opened my googleblogger, reader, whatever it is and I am trying to learn what I am doing & see I suscribed to your site somewhere along the way. Not even sure how or when but it looks like you have a nice blogger site and I see you are friends of friends that I have so it's all good.

    Sorry to hear of the Halloween tragety.

    Speaking of Halloween birthdays my husband has an October 31 birthday and a funny thing our dog just had a littler of puppies on Halloween. Pleased to make your aquaintance!

  5. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of these young girls. It was such senseless accident that could have been prevented. So sad.

    Aren't true friends the best! I have 3 friends that come to mind that no matter what is going on in our lives we are there for each other. I love Indian food:-) I always get the curry chicken. That does surprise me that they weren't playing Indian