Killian has a new found respect for what it takes to start a business. Pounding the pavement prospecting for new customers for her laser cut name plates, she is starting to get some traction. She has some orders pending, now if she can just get cleared to use the laser cutter at Makerspace, she'll be able to deliver. Fun fact I learned about Killian today, her mother got so mad at her for taking the kitchen clock apart to figure out how it worked, she went straight to the store and bought her a clock model complete with gears meant to be taken apart and reassembled. When she presented it to Killian, she said that she had gotten bored with clocks and was moving on.
The highlight of the day was talking with Cameron's mentor, Chian Tan, a researcher at the San Diego Zoo. She described how she had come to embrace the animal welfare movement after being raised in a culture that treats animals like - well, animals. Meeting someone like Cameron (who admits to being on a first name basis with most of the animals at the Safari Park) was both surprising and endearing. Since their meeting over 2 years ago, Cameron has been deeply involved in promoting animal welfare among school children in China. But listening to Dr. Tan describe her metamorphosis from a clinical technician who thought nothing of killing a trapped rat with boiling water to someone who cannot talk about her pet dog without tearing up was special. We'll see if Cameron's videos she is producing that relate English lessons to animal conservancy ("B is for Birds") can help China turn the corner. I wouldn't bet against her.
Oh, did I mention that Josh, Becca, and Hunter came over to my house this morning to bake brownies for their NCT (National Comedy Theater) introductory meeting tomorrow (Thursday, May 21) at lunch. Anyone "interested" will be able to get some for stopping by.