• Joshua Tree + Sunsets + Things

    It wasn’t the version of Joshua Tree I imagined, the one I’d view through the invisible shades placed on my face by an eighth of shrooms or an Ayahuasca ceremony, but still, it was incredibly marvelous. Time didn’t stop, but it plodded by, lessening the intensity of the blue...
  • McDonald’s > DC Brunch: And Other Things To Do

    For the most part, my D.C. friends are quite pretentious, bourgeois, and fancy, and hop at the chance to prove all of the above to anyone looking, and they’ve been in too deep for so long, they’ve forgotten their oodles o’ noodles roots and they’ve forgotten about everything else...
  • San Francisco’s Taquerias & Outkast & Finding Common Ground

    Aquemini, ATLiens, Southernplayalisticcadillacfunkymusic: El Farolito, La Taqueria, Cancun. The items in the first set are albums by legendary hip-hop duo Outkast, and the second set are taquerias in San Francisco. The values of both sets depend on taste, both literally and figuratively, in the musical and culinary arts. In...
  • Books As Passports & Notes On Copenhagen

    Through books, I’d traveled the world a hundreds time over before I reached adulthood, navigating France (Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin) like I navigated my middle school hallways, falling in love in Ethiopia (An Ethiopian Romance by Heliodorus of Emesa) like I fell in love with Miranda in my...
  • Road Trips & Roanoke, VA & Gatlinburg, TN

    I hate that most of my friends hate being in a car for more than a couple of hours. It’s led to me going on many solo road trips in my adulthood. It’s become nothing for me to jump in the car, drive in any direction until something looks...
  • Unplug For Peace: Passport Not Required

    For most of Passport Required’s and my 2015 accomplishments, I send a “thank you” to several friends who found a way to make me put my phone down to focus on what mattered most at that time. It wasn’t until a meeting with a mentor who uses meditation in...