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At a Kowloon Starbucks

A lot of time I work in cafes. I don't see it as expensive coffee - I see it as cheap office space.

Sometimes I'm not thinking very well where I'm living or staying, so I change the scenery to do better work. I've gotten pretty good about not compulsively checking email, Hacker News, etc., but some days the 'net keeps calling me, and I head out to a cafe without internet. Sometimes I'm staying at a place without internet, and I had to a cafe to clear out my emails and do my business online.

Here in Hong Kong, I'm staying in a little hotel in Kowloon with internet, but I don't really dig the vibe of my room. It's too... clean, actually. Now, don't get me wrong, I like a clean room, but there's a faint air of soap and antiseptic and I see a cleaning woman mopping at least twice per day. Add that to my room being in the middle of the building with no window and I decide to head out to a Starbucks for some ambient noise, more light, and the smell of coffee.

At the cafe, there was a young girl playing. I'm not so good at telling age, but maybe 9 or 10 years old? She was of South Asian descent, maybe Indian, Pakistani, or Sri Lankan. Hard to tell an accent at that age, but sounded vaguely American. Maybe her English teacher or the international school she attends is run by an American? Or she's with her family on holiday from the States?

She was running and jumping around, dancing, while her parents were talking intently a little ways away. She kept talking to me, saying "Hello!" and looking at my computer and saying, "To - shi - ba!" She got a bunch of either straws or coffee-stirrers and was bending them into shapes, climbing onto chairs, and otherwise jumping around and having fun.

Early On a Sunday Morning: Going Full-throttle in July

On Where Pianos Roam

No joke.  This next month of July might just be the busiest month OF MY LIFE!!  Both professionally and personally, there are so many things going on right now. 

"Filming" for the new season of the Adventures of Oreo and Buttercup goes into full gear this month.  I have all of these fresh ideas for new episodes that I can't wait to do.  There will be new characters, and of course the big story of the season is the romance between Oreo and Optimus Prime. 

It's gonna be insane. If you see an Asian guy walking around Nashville taking pictures of a tiny piano and her rowdy bench, that would be me. 

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