and this is what has un-grumpified me: I have learned of a "café" - no food served, because why bother? - in Tokyo. You go to this café, by reservation only, to be with owls. From this delightful article on grubstreet.com , it sounds like people love it, and the owls don't mind.
I have been very sad because of all of the terrible things that have been happening lately, and so I am cheered to learn that I live in a world where someone has figured out a small bandaid for the heart. Or perhaps more than one, because from the title of the article, Tokyo may abound in owl cafés.