Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

29 Dec 2002, 12:30 p.m.

Yesterday I surprised Leonard by riding Amtrak to Bakersfield and…

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 So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it!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

Yesterday I surprised Leonard by riding Amtrak to Bakersfield and spending time with his family. Despite my fears, he hadn't discovered my plot. We enjoyed a lovely evening and the family surprised me with several lovely gifts, including lots of candy, two sweaters, many great bookmarks, about six pairs of socks, beauty supplies, a poster, and notepads. (I just know I'm forgetting something.)

Amazingly, the QuikTrak machine at the Richmond Amtrak station worked, and the train was only 30 minutes late. Terrif! Frances colluded with me in surprising Leonard, whose mouth dropped in shock when he saw me.

Next problem: how to top this?

By the way, I'm writing and posting this whilst barrelling up I-5. Go HipTop. Last night I dreamt that I shouted to the masses at Telegraph and Durant, "The HipTop is great!" and we all shouted, "I want my HipTop!" Also, Sarah Vowell wanted me to perform alongside her. Which desire in my dream was stronger, I wonder?