I was going to have my next entry begin with a somewhat repetitive self-deprecating apology for the lack of activity on this blog, followed by a summary of and musings on the events of the past several months, and I still intend to, but I'll write the following while it is fresh in my mind.
I'm currently in Hong Kong as of today. How and why I'm here is kind of a long story, but it's my second time here and I'm enjoying it as much as I did the first time, which is quite a lot. I was wandering through the central district today when I noticed one of the bookstores would be having a book signing for Thomas Friedman's new book, Hot, Flat, and Crowded
in a couple of hours.
Those of you who know me know that I'm something of a fan of his, because his writing is pretty good and his ideas usually make a lot of sense, and also because he's one of the few people in journalism today who take climate change seriously, a subject I've become really interested in from my line of work. Anyways, I considered it a stroke of luck (after all how often is one in Hong Kong, much less walking by that very bookstore), so I "made sure" I was walking by the bookstore at the right time, and sure enough he was there.
I really wanted to talk to him, but I already had a copy of Hot, Flat, and Crowded
!), and it would be pretty gauche to get in line without intending to purchase a book. Thus I settled for asking him to autograph a copy for my dad, who had expressed interest in the book, and soon enough I was face to face with him. I didn't think at the time about how I was jet-lagged and sleep deprived (still am), or how I hadn't really showered since getting off a 14 hour plane flight and wandering around Hong Kong, but in retrospect I hope I wasn't too much of a mess.
I couldn't help but mention to him, "I saw you speak twice." He looked interested and said "Oh really, when?" I told him that I had heard him once while an undergrad at Stanford and once while at Caltech, and he seemed happy to hear that (or so I hope). He then asked me what I was doing now and I told him that I was a grad student at UCLA and that "a lot of us study climate and we all love your columns."
As he looked like he had to sign a ton of books, and I was getting worried that someone behind me would throttle me if I took any more time of his time, I said goodbye and walked off, feeling rather pleased. Also I recommend the book to anybody reading it, it's really well written and well suited for anyone with an interest in either climate or energy policy.( Collapse )