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Work the Problem

A personal essay about my youth addicted to videogames, and how rock climbing saved my life. If you want to understand me better, this is a good place to start.

The Digital Nomad Deception

A piece about the economic exploitation inherent in the digital nomad lifestyle. This is an important aspect of this hip new lifestyle which I feel people never talk about. Nomads intentionally hide this stuff, because many if not most successful digital nomads make their money by selling the lifestyle to others. It’s not honest, which is what this post aims to remedy.

Recovering From a Concussion

A personal essay written during my year living in Vail. I think it’s a pretty good representation of what it’s like to suffer a concussion — something most people, hopefully, have never experienced.

Most Popular

A Local’s Guide to Recreational Marijuana in Vail, Colorado

People who come to Colorado want to smoke weed. Shocking. This post ranks really high for a variety of terms on Google and so brings in a lot of traffic. If this post brought you here, thanks for looking around. Enjoy Vail, try not to track up all the powder!

The Problems with Pledged: The Secret Life of Sororities

Another big winner on Google. I founded a fraternity chapter during my college years, so I feel I have some unique insight on this book. Basically, it’s accurate but willfully biased and more than a little one-sided.

The Evil Genius of Vail Resorts

Man, you would not believe some of the search queries people ask about Vail Resorts. They DO NOT engender employee loyalty. And for good reason, as this post goes into. I wouldn’t recommend working for this corporation — buy their stock instead.

Life Advice

Should I Become a Digital Nomad Straight Out of College?

A post examining if it’s really a smart idea to jump on the newest, hippest bandwagon, instead of moving back in with the parents. Maybe don’t move back in with the parents, but maybe also think twice about becoming a digital nomad, yeah?

Why You SHOULD Join the Peace Corps Straight Out of College

A counterpoint to the Digital Nomad piece, my sister argues from experience that joining the Peace Corps is a much better option for a recent graduate.

A Commencement Speech for Climbers

Some words of inspiration for the dirtbags amongst us. I’d still like to take a season, live out of a car, and climb everything I can. Prospective partners, shoot me an email! Seriously. dkay@outlook.com

Nepal Travel Journal

My latest project is a book-length travel memoir about my time in Nepal during early 2016. The working title at this time is “In Praise of Character in the Bleak inhuman Loneliness” but feel free to shoot me an email if you have a better one. I have returned home, something many readers don’t seem to grasp. Now, safely removed from the experience, I’m telling the honest story, three entries per week. This project will continue through at least 2017.

The story starts in a Hotel Room in Hong Kong, where my long-term girlfriend and I part ways. Not the best of ways to enter a foreign country: heartbroken and alone.

It does, however, make for a good story.