Seattle Air Show which happened today as a part of Seafair 2005, was scintillating. The speed, the turns and ofcourse the noise were at all time high and it was like watching a Wolfgang Petersen movie being shot before the eyes. Seattle Airshow is also known as Mother of Air shows especially because the Boeing being headquatered at Seattle and nearly half a million get to see it. Performed over the Lake Washington, it has the beautiful snowclad Mt Rainier as the backdrop.
While the I-90 traffic was just moving quite contrary to the supersonic speed of the airshow, I went upto Mercer Island on the banks of Lake Washington. And to get a view myself and Ram walked into the lake and were standing knee deep in water to see the airshow. As the U.S. Navy Blue Angels started to perform stuff that I had only watched in movies, it gave me goosebumps. The whole of the Seattle’s hanging bridge was closed to avoid distractions to the car drivers on the bridge. I was live moblogging from the airshow !! Check out some photos on the Seattle Moblog.
With my jeans getting wet due to the water, we had to get some sun on the jeans. While standing in the shore, we saw a gentleman who was looking like our ‘Kakkha Kakkha‘ Gautam Menon. With his trimmed down physique and grown up hair he was looking like Gautam Menon‘s brother. I wasn’t convinced that it was Gautam so Ram went ahead and asked if he was Gautam. To my surprise, he nodded his head in acceptance. He said that he was visiting his sister and hence came over to the show.
Though I had personally met him during the Symbiosis seminar at Chennai, with my tough questions, his new hair style and trimmed down ‘Vettayadu Villayadu‘ style was mis-leading. I wanted to take a picture of him and still didn’t want to invade his privacy. So I clicked just him without his sister and her son. We greeted and he moved on. All along my guessing part before clarifying with him, I was standing close to him and was saying to Ram, “Hey, avaru konjam gunda irupaaru illa, kojam sotta vera”. You should have seen my face turn pale when he nodded for our question on his identity. There were few more Indians around and I’m not sure if Kamal was also there in some VV make-up !!
With Gautam’s Vettayadu Villayadu kicking off from New York on Aug 15th, he must have been having taking a long rest in Seattle before he jumps into the shoot. Let’s see if I can spot him in some Indian store eating samosa. I would love to tell him he was a nice guy to remain cool even after overhearing me describing him.