Once I'm over the shock of actually receiving a response, I arrange to meet with them, whether it be for a quick coffee, lunch, or just plain old conversation. When this process begins, I glance at my empty calendar to suggest a time and carefully concoct a way of not sounding too pathetic with my lack of plans. Then, before I know it, someone else e-mails back. I arrange a meeting, spending less time on not sounding pathetic since now I actually have something else on my calendar. Rinse, repeat until calendar is completely full. Since I am a) not making money and b) still learning the map of Hong Kong, this has several implications:
- I do not know what I am getting myself into when I eagerly respond, "I can meet you wherever is convenient for you!"
- # meetings per day * 15 minutes = minimum amount of time I am lost per day
- The MTR (Hong Kong's take on the subway) and I have gotten to be good friends. The trains are frequent, punctual, and clean. HK > NY in this equation.
- # of meetings per day * 25 minutes = minimum amount of time I spend walking within the MTR train stations. They are sprawling and go unimaginably deep underground, often involving multiple, extremely long and steep flights of stairs. NY definitely > HK in this equation. Small subway stations have their advantages.
Before I know it, it's dinner time and I am finally back home to examine the gems I've picked up over the course of the day. No, I don't mean business cards. I mean the pearls of wisdom, new friends, sometimes painful learning experiences, great coffee spots, and exciting tidbits of potential for building something great here. I've realized if there is one way to really bring out people's true colors, it is by talking to them about ideas and by asking their opinion. Conveniently, this is also the best way to learn things. These things may or may not be true, but such is life.
Clearly you're catching me on an up day :)