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The Million Dollar Question

August 11th, 2011. Chiba, Japan.

A mix of confusion and awe as I step off the platform.

I must have made a mistake. But maybe a good mistake.

Birds caw and cicadas click gently, filling the warm afternoon air with sounds of nature. The train platform is open to the air and on the other side of the tracks is a high fence. Beyond it, a bicycle and walking path leading to a park.

Children are running around and playing in the park, but surprisingly quietly. Very Japanese.

Don't Be Cool

On Striving For Happiness

One of my roommates, named Ryan, is obsessed with coolness. It’s very strange. I never noticed it until a few months of living with him. The majority of people think like Ryan, but Ryan says what he thinks lol.

Ryan has many interesting opinions. Once I talked about eating alone at a restaurant and he went on to say how he could never do it, because it’s too weird.

When we go out to the clubs and talk to girls if at any point we are standing alone or get rejected, then Ryan wants to leave and thinks everyone was watching us.

Ryan really believes if he made 2x what he makes now (he makes $50k now) he would get more girls and be happier. He thinks the key to happiness is a brand new BMW.

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