Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

03 May 2001, 2:56 a.m.

Antics of the Russian Students

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2001 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 So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it!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.

We played "telephone" in Russian. Of course, we made fun of the guy who's never there. "I saw him sleeping on the street in big red waterproof boots" turned into "I saw him sleeping with a big dog." "Boots" is suppogi, "dog" is sobaka, it's a mistake anyone could make.

Maybe this is how Gogol got his ideas.

Word of the week: Capricious.

Hamlet line of the week: As if increase of appetite had grown/ By what it fed on.

Movie lines of the week: "The jury will disregard counsel's tempting allusion to Christmas shopping."
-Remember the Night
"All I want is to be a cowboy and to wear pants."
-Destry Rides Again

All Things Considered is thirty years old this week. I used to listen to NPR a lot more when I had a more regular schedule, back in high school. I still try to catch the headlines and the funny little bits at the half-hour of Morning Edition.

I wish I'd kept playing the piano or the trumpet. I gave up on them when I was little. I could start again, but I don't want to make the time. But right now I imagine that it would feel less trite to make music than to write bad poetry to try to express my feelings.

Poll: Most annoying aspect of high-school poetry

  • bad meter
  • bad rhyming
  • always, always, ALWAYS in the first person
  • Some treacle tart with your angst, sir?

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