Notes from Hong Kong Hotel Quarantine: The Final Day

Two weeks flew by quicker than I expected — later tonight, I get to reunite with the world outside this hotel room

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Things I loved reading :

  • How I Approach the Toughest Decisions (By Barack Obama) — “Having at least one contrarian in the room pushed us all to think harder — and, frankly, everyone was a bit freer with their opinions when that contrarian wasn’t me. When you have a tough, almost unsolvable decision to make, you don’t just want people to tell you what you want to hear. You also want to create space to think.”
  • The Digital Nomads Did Not Prepare for This — “It turns out there are drawbacks the trend stories and Instagram posts didn’t share. Tax things. Red-tape things. Wi-Fi rage things. Closed border things. The kinds of things one might gloss over when making an emotional, quarantine-addled decision to pack up an apartment and book a one-way ticket to Panama or Montreal or Kathmandu.”
  • I’m Sorry, WHAT Does the Peloton CEO Do Every Morning? — “At first, I was certain that my synapses had briefly snapped, and I had misread. Surely a wildly wealthy executive does not start his day hunched over a sink, shoveling handfuls of loose sink water into his mouth like a little raccoon instead of simply placing a glass or a water bottle on his bathroom counter?”
  • The Pandemic Arrived. His Text Back Did Not. — “I didn’t want to be the one to initiate this talk. I wanted to carry on as the mysterious, chill girl who doesn’t discuss feelings — or even have needs. But as my coupled-up friends informed me, my escalating anxiety signaled that I was not, in fact, the chill girl, and that it was time.”
  • Paris Geller is the best Gilmore Girls character, and no one can convince me otherwise— “You, Logan Huntzburger, are nothing but a two-bit, spoiled waste of a trust fund. You offer nothing to women or the world in general. If you were to disappear from the face of the earth tomorrow, the only person that would miss you is your Porsche dealer!”

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Leading content/comms at @makersacademy, author of The Almost Girlfriend, Finding Fulfililng Work, and Leaving Law (www.adelebarlow.com)

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