When I was growing up in Hong Kong, there were often blackouts at night. I had never thought of them as problematic. Blackouts were the perfect opportunities to take our eyes of the television or other distractions, and focus instead on spending time with mum and dad. I remember doing homework by a single candlelight, scribbling maths answers in HB pencil, the smell of wax vapours - a hot invisible fume like shower steam - watched by mum and dad.
I think very few people are experiencing the romanticised moments, and that is a real pity.
The rain always makes feel reflective.
WeWork bought out Meetup this week, so they can create more offline communities. It is a really beautiful goal. There is something sweetly nostalgic about communities of people spending time together - people who enjoy similar things, speak the same language and share ideas.
Are we trying to trigger this warm nostalgia?
Liam, from the law firm in Brisbane, moved to Sydney about a year ago, and we only just caught up on Friday. He told me about what he is doing in Sydney, who he is working for, and the latest happenings in his life.
I have been thinking a lot about how to create a platform where people can have lots of fun and also feel nostalgia. Short of artificially creating blackouts and forcing people to live by candlelight... but even if we can force the circumstances, fun and nostalgia are not necessarily compatible feelings.
It is a puzzle that we will mull over for a little while... maybe with a wine watching the rain.