Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

27 May 2002, 23:12 p.m.

I walked across the Golden Gate Bridge with Seth today,…

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2002 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 So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it!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 walked across the Golden Gate Bridge with Seth today, to commemorate its birthday. Before that, I met interesting people, namely, Seth's friends Danny and Quinn. (Leonard was very, very excited about this.) It can be rather scary to find yourself among these high towers on this rumbling thin platform above metres of open space and water. But Seth and I made it across and back quite fine.

We ate at Lucky Creation, a good vegetarian Chinese restaurant on Washington street in Chinatown. (Oh no, Kowloon seems to have closed permanently! It was a great vegetarian Chinese restaurant on Grant; it made me understand what mockmeat and Chinese food are supposed to be.) I endorse Lucky Creation. It took quite a while to adjust to the menu. I couldn't just skip most of the items! Every last one, as Seth said, was vegetarian! So many options!

On our walk back to a BART station, Seth and I noticed weird financial-district sights at Montgomery and Market. I saw a stock ticker that displayed random characters streaming by in the style of stock-market listings. Seth noticed that the Wells Fargo bank's interior resembled a casino: elaborate ceilings that could easily conceal cameras, ornate pillars, ATMs lined up on a wall with a red-gold money glow, inviting rows of people to all play the game at once.

Thus is capped off a quiet and contented weekend of graduating, doing well on a Logic test, hanging out with Leonard, and doing fun things with fun people. Low-key. It represents the fact that now I own and allocate my time myself. Even up till a few days ago, I used to dread this responsibility. But riding that bike yesterday unlocked joy: the joy of riding a bike by myself for the first time, learning to correct for my clumsiness, learning to trust my speed, learning the euphoria of I-can-do-this, eagerly leaning forward and thinking of all the places I can go!