Here's some stuff I've done on the side.
The first one is a deadly serious story about financial ruin.
The second one is about a horse.
From 2018 to 2020, I spent dozens of hours each week driving Uber to help pay my way through ad school.
In that time, roughly 7,500 complete strangers took a seat in my tiny VW Golf. From diplomats to crack dealers to Dave Chappelle, I've enjoyed conversations with humans from nearly every walk of life.
The drives were fascinating but they took their toll. I began to understand my direct contribution to the collapse of the Yellow Cab industry.
So I wrote about it.
Published in the 2020 New York Public Library Magazine.
"Wall Streeters chant the time-is-money mantra but cab drivers live it with every acceleration and lane change. It’s the rawest legal hustle around."
The saying that "the biggest investment you'll make in your life is your home" holds true for most Americans. Medallion owners are the exception.
"I was looking into the eyes of a man who lost it all. A man so underwater that he’ll be trapped in that [Ford] Escape for life. No means. No end."
Horace the Horse by Porch Pals
My friend and I were sitting on the porch playing guitar when the neighborhood kids descended upon us demanding that we "play something that slaps." So we wrote a song.