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Saturday: Connecticut via Midtown

Ippodo Tea

Kinokuniya

Dinner w/ Wei

Sunday: Queens via East Village

“What makes Black Seed bagels special is their texture — combining the soft, chewy New York-style with the dense, crispy Montreal-style”

Coffee @ Abraço

Creative Little Garden

“Akari: Sculpture by Other Means occupies the Museum’s second-floor galleries. It includes several installations that allow visitors to experience ways that Isamu Noguchi’s Akari—a modular ecosystem of lightweight, collapsible paper lanterns—can create and transform space”

Monday: Brooklyn

Breakfast @ Okonomi

Green Wood Cemetery

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BOS this time (& next time)

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Boston was even better than I remembered

> Public Library (see above)

> Champagne @ Newsfeed Café

> Harvard Book Store – Maggie Nelson – Something Bright

Next time looking forward to

> Grolier Poetry Book Shop (closed on Monday)

> Coffee Date @ Thinking Cup

> MIT Holography Exhibit

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Twenty below freezing outside but being the brave Canadians that we are, we braved the cold to maintain our coffee date tradition @ Fahrenheit (love the extra pulp sign)

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He described the walk as Dickensian

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Last week, coffee date @ pilot (union station renovation brings to mind grand central and that’s pretty amazing)

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Viking Slice @ Danish Pastry House (also union station) which was our contribution to

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Jess’ hot pot party (preserved egg + fish is really good)

new year >>> new goals

Hot Pot Party with Sariphen (Sari + Stephen) and Benise (Benny + Denise) and we talked about Marshall Goldsmith’s “What Got You Here Won’t Get You There”, a book that Stephen gifted us a few years ago.

The following were identified as potential areas for improvement for me
1. Winning too much
2. Adding too much value
3. Passing judgment

And I have decided to work on #2 (adding too much value). James said he is used to #1 (i.e. my constant attempt to optimize things that may not need to be optimized). James also said the main manifestation of #3 for me is #2 (i.e. I judge other people by telling them that my way is better).

James is going to help me track this using my new calendar from The Regional Assembly of Text.

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starbucks

2011: tried to do our first date at the Rosehill Starbucks but it was closing so we grabbed drinks instead

2012: surprised to find myself crying while reading Onward

2014: when I said Wendy, the Starbucks person somehow heard Whitney so what can I do but drink it outside the Whitney?

2016: Seattle

2017: Osaka

& Reading “Pour Your Heart into it”: I’m still running, chasing after something nobody else could ever see // In the fifteen years since then, I’ve often wondered: What would have happened had I just accepted his decision? Most people, when turned down for a job, just go away // We had been warned that, culturally, the Japanese refuse to carry to-go food or beverages on the street. Yet many customers were walking out the door proudly carrying their Starbucks cups–with the logo showing // To guarantee that there would be immediate upside for us, United promised to promote the fact that it was now serving Starbucks coffee. In January 1996, it placed ads on the back covers of Business Week, Time, and U.S. News & World Report // At my suggestion, we even offered free coffee after 5 pm to encourage customers to stop by our stores after shopping. In a spending mood, they might notice and want to buy some of our merchandise // The head of the a company can’t, and shouldn’t, always be the cheerleader. He has to be willing to let his people see the weaknesses and the pain, as long as they understand them in the context of the company’s greater accomplishments

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Despite all that planning, towards the end of the trip, he was overwhelmed by the Kyoto crowds (as well as the Kyoto heat). So I did a couple segments on my own. There is an upside since he does not like it when I follow a person stalkishly.

But that is precisely the joy of crowds.

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i++ Nijo castle

i++ Cycling the narrow streets of Nakagyo

i++ Sanjo-kai playground

i++ Cats

(sometimes I think he is a jazz listening whisky drinking character in a Murakami novel) (walking along philosopher’s walk at 5 am accompanied by cats maybe I am too)

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ishiguro

So Ishiguro won the prize. I do think he captures wonderfully the essence of our times: “I don’t know if they miss it by seconds. In a way they’ve missed it by miles. They might look back and think, There was this moment when it could have all been different. It’s tempting for them to think, Oh, it was just a little twist of fate. But in fact, there are colossal things that make them miss not just love but something essential in life.”

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In STL, I watched Brad’s status with Ann. As expected, Ben Stiller does an amazing job stalking the wives of his friends on instagram. If people who attended non-top schools expend all their energy fighting “the constant gnawing sense of having had, and lost, some infinite thing”, should people who actually attended Harvard just kill themselves?

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This brings to mind another film: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. In the theater scene, Robert asks: Do you want to investigate my courage? But what use do we have for courage (or competence) when our definition of glory ensures destruction?