Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

16 Jul 2002, 16:39 p.m.

Found at my parents' house, while throwing away artifacts of…

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2002 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

Found at my parents' house, while throwing away artifacts of my adolescent life:

  • 3rd place plaque in team debate -- I was on a team with my sister for a year -- from 1994.
  • a Dinotopia poster.
  • a few spelling bee awards and other trophies and plaques for scholarships and speeches and trivia games (e.g., Quiz Bowl and Academic Decathlon).
  • a velvet painting of a pouting dog that I bought for a few cents at a garage sale.
  • a career search report on the job of ethicist.
  • two different college visit invitations that began, "Great Scot!" or "Great Scott!" One was from Agnes Scott College; the other was from Lyon, in Arkansas.
  • journalism notes from the first high school editorial I ever wrote, my first assignment. I wrote on the embargo on Cuba.
  • stage manager records from the yearly eighth grade play on Freedom.
  • a Mathcounts program.
  • a report on Missouri history, with a special section on Samuel Clemens.
  • girly fortunes I did with friends and my sister. MASH: Mansion/Apartment/Shack/House. One gave, say, three or four answers to each question (e.g., "Who will you marry?" "What color car will you drive?"), and then a random number n was chosen, and one went through the bunch of answers crossing off every nth until only one in each category remained, and then that was your future.

I threw all this away.