Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

04 Aug 2004, 10:49 a.m.


Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2004 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 So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it!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.

I took Caltrain from Millbrae to Mountain View and then back north to 22nd street. How very comfortable and cheap (about $3 one-way), even if there aren't enough maps and schedules posted at some stations.

I ate a cheap and quite palatable plate of rice and beans at Radio Habana, on Valencia near 23rd street. Very intimate, with outstanding and eclectic decor.

I visited the Odeon Bar at Mission and Valencia and caught the last half of Outfoxed (relatively fun), watched Will Franken perform (still funny, if not as supernaturally funny as when I saw him first), and participated in the Ask Dr. Hal question-and-answer show. You should do Ask Dr. Hal at least once.

I discussed housing with a cabdriver. He asked me what I thought of his moving to Reno. I said it depended on what he wanted to do with his life. He said he wanted to own a home. I suggested that lots of people have the same idea as he does, so perhaps if he is going to move and buy a house there, he should do it soon.

I vegged out at Leonard's place and we watched around ten episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Such awesome stuff. Two separate minor characters present critiques of the Federation. One Maquis member tells us that the Federation can't accept that anyone would want to secede; like the Borg, the Federation exists to assimilate. A protestor tells vacationers that they cannot afford their complacence and decadence, since the Federation is under attack. Interesting stuff in both cases. (Yes, Nandini, I know it is just a TV show.)

Last night Leonard and I played along to College Jeopardy! on the teevee. You know, I can't recall any time that I have actually enjoyed watching Jeopardy! with someone else more. I actually don't mind when I get something wrong and he gets it right, and I hardly gloat when the reverse happens. I'm just proud of him for knowing so much. This must be what it is like to have "friendly competition."