Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

18 Nov 2004, 12:39 p.m.

Verb, Noun, Whatever!

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 So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it!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

A highly entertaining weekend and surprisingly entertaining week. Leonard cooked up a fantastic feast for Zack, Shweta, Andrew, Claudia, and me. I believe we had bread with artichoke-spinach-cheese dip, a beet-and-goat-cheese salad, a squash soup, bean patties with guacamole and yogurt, and ice cream pie. Leonard used butter-pecan ice cream and chocolate-peanut-butter ice cream in a coconut and chocolate graham cracker crust. People were moaning with delight at the ice cream. We had to pause playing Once Upon A Time (the collaborative storytelling card game) to truly appreciate the pie.

I love playing Once Upon A Time, not only because making up stories is fun, but because I get to see the idiosyncrasies of my friends. Claudia mixes it up with metatext and cites existing fairy tales, Zack foreshadows and archetypes well, Andrew inserts hilarious non sequiturs and then sequiturs them, and I like tying up loose threads.

Then I went ice skating for the first time, thanks to Claudia and Andrew. Tip: in-line skating skills transfer pretty well to the rink!

The San Francisco Zoo just keeps getting better. Zebras! Giraffes! If you go on a hot, sunny day you'll see the lemurs more active; if you go on a colder day you'll get to see the kangaroos hop.

Seth, Zed, Jennifer and I saw Will Franken at the Punchline and he was great, as usual. A pleasing discovery: the hilarious opener W. Kamau Bell, who does race humor that works.

Thought of the week: Weight Watchers, in its points-calculating frustration, is the D&D diet. "Roll....hey, I get a muffin!" Credit my colleague Rodney.

Last night: Dresden Dolls with Joe and his gal at the Great American Music Hall. I go to perhaps 1.2 concerts a year and this was worth it, even if I stood the whole time. Bonus: the opener, the Ditty Bops, was good! Bonus bonus: I met a random guy, who saw an acquaintance of his, who introduced her boyfriend, who was in the dorms with me at UC Berkeley! Thank goodness for the web of social connections, else I'd worry that the world wouldn't miss me.

This weekend: Mom! Awesome.