Dear Red Room Readers,
Welcome to the monthly Reflections where we look back on events of the month just past.
This month, a piece from our collection of Red Roomers’ Reflections on their favorite memories of Red Room.
“The first time I went to Red Room, I remember seeing this guy on the subway on the way there. From the subway car itself, to the shuffling through escalators and exiting the station, stopping at crosswalks, and navigating Zhongxiao East Road’s sidewalks, we must have made eye contact five or six times as our paths crossed. At some point during these fleeting glances and would-be interactions, it occurred to me that this person might going to the same place I was going. But the city is busy. You don’t usually say hi to people when you’re in commute mode. We were both so focused on where we wanted to be that we had little to no time to consider where we presently were. What I loved was the night and day difference in our demeanors when we saw each other 20 minutes later in the space. No longer obeying the polite stranger etiquette, we instantly warmed to one another. That was you, you were that guy! Are that guy! It was a great feeling. Nothing had really changed about us from the street to the Red Room, but what a difference location can make. Just like that, we were suddenly together and not just alone in the same space. You gotta like the kind of place where strangers really are just friends you haven’t met yet.
So come to the Red Room and keep on meeting people, am I right? “
Addison Eng, in ‘character’ for Red Room Radio Redux’s production of Dracula.