Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

04 Mar 2003, 23:02 p.m.

My parents are in town. They're going to be…

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2003 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 So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it!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.

My parents are in town. They're going to be in the area till early April in case you'd like to meet them. Accordingly, I'll be slightly less available, but only slightly.

I met them at the International Arrivals stage at SFO. Passengers get off the plane, get checked luggage, go through customs, and then step into this cordoned-off open space surrounded by eager friends and family. (Once I stood there holding a sign reading "GODOT".) The pressure's on to create a lovely reunion moment for your friend and for the audience. This is the kind of situation that seems perfect for a marriage proposal but is probably actually an awful one.

Unlike the angels in Dogma, I don't do enough serious people-watching. Anyone want to take the BART and bus down to SFO or Oakland International some weekend to watch the farewells and reunions?