Have you taken up any new hobbies?
Writing, because covid was so chaotic. We didn’t really have a lot of control, so I was able to make my own world. I write a lot of poetry and some fantasy stuff. It’s a good outlet to let out whatever emotions you’re feeling
Making jewelry. I started just making earrings and then I advanced into necklaces and bracelets, and I now sell them at the Tuesday night market and in my store. It relaxes me. It’s been not only profitable but also fun.
Roman history, which was a result of watching way too much Netflix. What started out as me just being bored and isolated at home has turned into a complete nerdom about Cleopatra and obscure Roman traditions. It’s kind of fun to think about the beginning of the world.
Robert Rao and Peter Butera
Robert: This is kind of weird, but for a while I was knitting. I had a mission – I was going to knit something for someone, so that made it easier. It was really weird when I was on the plane knitting because people would stare. But most of the things came out okay.
Peter: Mine was really quite boring. My job didn’t change, I just switched from being in an office to working at home. I wasn’t sure I would like it, but I love it actually. I don’t want to go back to working in an office
Going to the gym. I used to be at the gym almost every day and then I stopped for years, but since covid started and all the gyms opened and in-person things became allowed, I started going back. I was really happy because I gained so much weight and since covid, I’ve lost 55 pounds already.
– Interviews and photos by Natasha Earl