The Upside to Being Upside Down (Student Loans)

How much is a memory worth? No one made me take out more student loans than I needed for college and I had no illusion about whether or not there would be consequences down the road when I had to pay them back with interest, no matter how low the rates. There is a part…

Hardwired For Optimism

There is a fourteen million to one chance that you will be disappointed every time you buy a six digit lottery ticket. Add to that the fact that, even if your lottery ticket does not immediately lead to disappointment, you have a 70% chance of even more disappointment in your future, in the form of…

Resolving the Wrong Notes

“It’s not the note you play that’s the wrong note – it’s the note you play afterwards that makes it right or wrong.” – Miles Davis When the doors of Kogen Dojo opened, after a lot of anticipation and hard work, we had a brief moment to step back and really appreciate what we had…

The Service Epiphany

One of the coolest jobs I have ever had was working at Tower Records when I was around nineteen or twenty years old. Unfortunately, the pay was inversely proportional to the cool factor. If you have ever seen the movie Empire Records with John Cusack, the experience was similar to that. Most of the people…

Same Nerd Different Decade

In middle school, my friends and I were what some people would call nerds. We were into comic books, role-playing games, and action figures. I still look back fondly on the time we spent playing together as some of the greatest years of my life. We all had different musical tastes, but several of my…