Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

05 Nov 2001, 13:16 p.m.

I skipped handball and studied for my Russian test. …

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 So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it!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

I skipped handball and studied for my Russian test. I might have even done well on it. Won't know for a week. I also turned in my long-delayed sochinenie (essay), which I wrote on the topic of "suggestions to a friend who wants to buy a computer."

While studying, I found two allegedly Russian proverbs. One: "Don't bring your own charter to a monastery." Idiomatic English translation: "When in Rome, do as the Romans." Another: "It's like bringing your own samovar to Tula [where samovars are made]." Idiomatic English translation: "It's like bringing coals to Newcastle [where coal is mined]."

Now to choose interesting and eclectic classes for next semester. I can take almost entirely what I want, since I've fulfilled (almost) all of my requirements.