Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

06 Jan 2002, 10:24 a.m.

The weather is good for driving practice today. And…

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 So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it!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

The weather is good for driving practice today. And today I'll probably get a haircut. I have been growing my hair out for almost a year, waiting and waiting for my bangs to grow long enough to grab with an elastic band alone. For the last six months I've had to use bobby pins in conjunction with an elastic band to keep my hair back. It gets on my nerves. My function-over-form self rebels. Sure, the draping of lustrous locks over my ears and shoulders creates allure, but I'm sick of having to dry and brush and put up all this keratin. It's coming off.

I started growing my hair long so I'd fit in while in Russia, and on a lark. Well, Russian women are sensible. Many of them have shorter hair than I ever had. And short hair is