As I packed my suitcase for a trip to Asia, I had the Jimmy Kimmel talk-show playing in the background. Kimmel interviewed Paul McCartney, and I reflected on how our world grew up around the Beatles’ songs.

The next morning I was at the LAX airport waiting in the club lounge for the plane to arrive. The airport was in disarray because of extensive construction. When it was time to head to the gate, they sent me down a padded construction corridor to a private elevator lobby.

It was just me alone — until Paul McCartney arrived. We had a good, hearty talk while waiting for a delayed elevator. As I looked at his relaxed face, I…




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I’m a retail architect that studies human behavior, perception, and decision-making. I’m fascinated with the intersection of where commerce and community meet.

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