Do you think your younger self would be surprised to see where you've ended up now?
[exhales] Yeah. Yeah. But, you know, back then, I had that kind of confidence that is like the guy who’s getting out of his car, talking shit, and is probably about to get hammered. They always say, “If you make your wish list, oftentimes you’ll shortchange yourself.” Because usually, in the Western mode, it all has to do with a sense of material attainment. And what I’ve found is, I get off on the wonderment of, Oh, my God, dude! We have, like, an office!
One ridiculous indulgence that you regularly splurge on?
Epsom salts and baking soda. I highly recommend this to everybody. If you’re traveling, if you’re fatigued, if you’re training at a high level, if you’re stressed out, run a bath. Put four pounds of Epsom salts, which is essentially one big milk carton’s worth, and four pounds of baking soda, which is essentially four of the refrigerator size of the Arm & Hammer. Put those in a bath and sit in it for 15 minutes.
What's your favorite hotel?
Probably the Hassler, in Rome, at the top of the Spanish Steps. It’s great. You know The Carlyle in New York? It’s hard to beat that, man. Claridge’s in London. I mean, some of these places, it’s not just the service or the staff. It’s that literally there’s just something about where it’s located, and something about the architecture that was probably not even intended. It’s just the way you feel when you go there.
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