Shigeru Miyamoto never ever in any of his Manga-inspired dreams must have imagined that his creation Luigi will set the Internet ablaze.
Luigi’s first made a grand pixelated entry in the 1983 arcade game Mario Bros as a palette swap of Mario. Today he is an internet sensation. With his Death Glare. It’s an internet meme based on Luigi’s angry expression in Mario Kart 8. The meme was inspired by a short video clip from the game in which Luigi glares at an opponent he is passing while the Chamillionaire song Ridin’ plays.
And I need to master this Death Glare to survive during my looooong flight to Seattle. Like almost a 32 hr flight or something. Don’t know. All I know is I will be taking off on 17th from Mumbai and reaching Seattle on 18th. What made me do such an idiotic thing? Cheap Ticket. Simple.
Now here’s the deal. The University of Washington has decided to screen my documentary and they have invited me and my team mates for the same. One of my team mates can’t make it. And other can afford a little expensive ticket which doesn’t take this long. So we decided to part way and purchase tickets that were available at a rate directly proportional to the depth of our pocket. That’s how I ended up buying an insanely long flight.
Now long flight means boredom. No matter how many Scorseses or Tarintinos you have downloaded in your iPhone. No matter how many Stephen Kings or Murakamis you have packed in your bag. The sword of boredom will after you for it’s thirst for anyone blood who is having a jolly good time during long flights. And I need the Death Glare to intimidate this sword. The longest I have ever flown is Delhi – Amsterdam – Buenos Aires. But then, it was a different day, different time. It was a sponsored trip that came with all the bells and whistles. So I was travelling ‘Business Class’. Two words that took care of all the boredom in the world. But this time, it’s Economy baby. A place where Boredom is included in the ticket. Booking which was a different story all together.
I had never used Skyscanner. So thought of giving it a try. And after all the possible permutation and combinations of day, date, time and alignment of the Moon with the 8th moon of Jupiter, got a price that looked like a steal. But when I clicked on the link that took me to the travel portal that offered me that deal, the figures inflated just like my waist line. When I checked those sites on http://www.scamadvisor.com, it flagged red. (Now this is one awesome sight to check if the portal is credible or not. I would have never known that this site ever existed if my wife would have not been there at home that day.) I thought I was doomed. But no. When God closes one door, it opens another tab and lets you access http://www.via.com. A hassle-free travel portal that lets you book your tickets in no time. So click…click…click… and tidiiing. I got my ticket in my inbox at a price that didn’t burn a hole in any of my pockets.
I already have a valid US visa. So no stress on that front. Tickets are done. Now what’s left is figuring how to kill all the hours in air and during transit.
So everyday, I keep practicing that Death Glare. Thrice a day to be precise. All I do is look in the mirror and keep intimidating boredom with this stare. But my only worry is what will happen if i get bored of this Death Glare. I guess that’s why a wise man from the Eastern Province of Hunan has once said, “Don’t plan too much for any adventure.”
The same man also said, “I know nothing about General Tso’s Chicken“, but that’s ok.