I love spending time outside and looking at stars. Some highlights: hiking the White Mountains in New Hampshire, the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, and a variety of places in Northern Wisconsin and around Seattle. I like to rock climb as well! I've only climbed outside once, and it was at Jackson Falls in Southern Illinois.
I fly a drone every now and then.
I meditate, and I practice yoga. These practices are important for my mental health. Reflecting on how I move through the world is something that resonates in many other parts of my life.
I collect records. My uncle gave me a 1972 Kenwood record player when I graduated high school, and I have been hooked on vinyls ever since. My collection has grown to well over 200 records, spanning the 1940's to the present. My friend and I had an all-vinyl college radio show. You won't hear us anymore, but you can tune in at KSLU.slu.edu if you ever want to listen to some awesome SLU DJs.
I write spoken word poetry and rap. I've performed some of my work with my guitarist friend Luke Vest at my college radio station's open mic nights. Some of my favorite musicians: Frank Ocean, The Avalanches, Bon Iver, Donald Glover, Watsky, Ivy Sole, Noname.
I read. I especially dig Cory Doctorow, Neal Stephenson, Douglas Hofstadter, John Scalzi, Stephen King, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Hermann Hesse.
I play video games. I'm in The Outer Worlds right now. I got pretty into Assassin's Creed Odyssey—a beautiful-looking game—but I've lost steam on that game at the moment. I'm also known to fire up a game of Fortnite with some friends. Playdead's INSIDE is the coolest game I've played.