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April 3, 2007
I met these three Japanese tourists in Beijing. The four of us shared a room in the basement of the smelly but cheap Jinghua Hostel. They walked in around midnight, and we talked for three hours.

Tom was the only one who contacted me after that night. He had a blog (before ‘blog’ was a word) where he included his personal mission statement: “To become a kind-hearted gentleman.”

How humble! He was already a kind-hearted gentleman, he just wanted to get better at it.

Now I’ve borrowed his mission statement for myself. Know what? You should probably borrow it, too.