The Velvet Rocket
The Velvet Rocket focuses on independent journalism and travel, but also endeavors to blend in the bizarre, the beautiful and the interesting for good measure. Long-suffering readers will discover that The Velvet Rocket is about the personal sometimes as well, as its editor seems unable to refrain from talking about himself on occasion…
I embrace anything that can be construed as an adventure. I want to backpack the Sierra High Route and visit Iraq, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Niger. I try to find humor in even the worst situations. I prefer cold weather to hot weather. I love watching displays of excess. I used to work for an investment bank in the City. I’m a sucker for camo. I can be inconsistent, but I’m not a flake. I want to get a picture in a Patagonia catalog. I’d like to have a beer with Peter Thiel, Edward Luttwak, Erin Cunningham, Bill Bonner, Simon Mann and C.J. Chivers. I try not to take myself too seriously, but I do not always succeed. I have tried every flavor at Il Chiosco delle Grattachecche di Ostia. I love speed (the Ferrari kind, not the chemical kind). I can knowledgeably discuss topics ranging from wavelength division multiplexing to chainsaws to coup attempts by mercenaries in resource-rich African countries to Napoleon’s campaign across Europe. I’m a damn good shot. I like classic French literature. I am able to fly an airplane or ride a motorcycle and to do it well (most of the time). I enjoy comedy shows. I was voted “Most likely to win the Indy 500″ by my graduating class in high school. I travel a lot, but I always want to explore more. I believe in an ambitious space program, conservation and maintaining a high savings rate. It’s almost impossible to embarrass me, so don’t bother trying.