Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

02 Mar 2002, 16:25 p.m.

Zack and I hung out today. I had only…

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 So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it!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

Zack and I hung out today. I had only been to Bacheeso's, a nice breakfast place at Dwight and San Pablo, once before, and I'd never visited Fourth Street (you think your downtown is gentrified?) before. Note to Adam: when Zack saw musicians playing in front of Peet's, he said, "they're busking." At the time, I was toting a bag from Sur La Table, where I considered purchasing a grapefruit spoon.

Zack told me an interesting tale at breakfast. I noticed that the Bacheeso's wall mural is nice, not too Commie-looking (contrast many other Berkeley murals). In response, Zack told me about a WPA-style project that happened during the Great Depression. The government wanted to provide employment for good writers, and wanted to use their writing skills. But many of them were leftists, and the government was afraid that they would produce Communist literature. The answer? Travel guides! The government employed many writers to produce excellent travel guides to various parts of the United States, guides some of which are still useful almost a century later.