Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

24 Dec 2002, 8:53 a.m.

The Sandman Cometh

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 So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it!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.

Odd dreams recently. Last night I tried to clean out my braces and accidentally broke them off my teeth. (In real life, I have no braces. I did, for a few years, in high school.)

A few nights ago, I dreamt something more disturbing: I attacked and killed an elephant. I shot it with a gun, but it did not die, so I used knives and my bare hands to kill it.

What the?

In real life,

  • My favorite Indian god is Ganesha, the elephant-headed one.
  • I fear the growing power of various Republicans.
  • When I was about nine, I read "Shooting an Elephant".
  • I was menstruating.
I must say, I do prefer these evocatively bizarre images to drab, easy-to-decipher ones where, say, my mom is haranguing me to find a book for her and I can't. No, I've never actually dreamt that.