Q: Do you find it ironic that Gen Xers—the same people who cried ďDie, yuppie scum!Ēóhave since become what they hated most?
A: Well, when I was making a living playing punk-rock music for a bunch of years in my twenties, they knew I was the guy in the band with the college degree and that I was looking around to do other things too. So they called me the yuppie. My response was, ďWhy, because Iím young and I live in the city?Ē

Q: If thereís nothing inherently wrong with having ambition, why does the term yuppie have such a bad rep?
A: Because at the time it was coined, it meant more like characters who aspired to be Gordon Gekko in Wall Street. But the weird thing is, a lot of my clients like to be successful, but they wouldnít sacrifice any kind of integrity just to be successful. I think if you do anything purely for money or comfort, youíre doomed to fail.

Q: Some say new yuppies consume just as much but arenít as conspicuous. Do you agree?
A: Yes, yuppies in this day and age are much more crafty. Iím conscious of which frequent-flier programs give the most back so I can travel in comfort without paying the full premium. We love getting one over the system, whereas in the eighties, the stereotype was the guy who said he didnít fly coach because he didnít have to, and he was proud to pay $6,000 for a plane ticket.

Q: What do you think of these guys who covet status through nice cars, clothes, and apartments but refuse to admit theyíre yuppies?
A: That sort of sounds like me, I guess. I donít really make an effort to dress up, but in a way, itís kind of a reverse flaunting of the wealth. Youíre making high six figures and owning property and doing all these things associated with success, but itís flaunting of the wealth in an inverse manner by saying ďFuck it, I can go to work in cargo pants and a dirty shirt that smells like cat piss.Ē I was on a flight once in business class and the stewardess said, ďYou have profanity on your shirt.Ē I didnít even think about it, but I was wearing a hip-hop shirt that said FUCK ALL YíALL.

Q: Is there anything really so bad about being a yuppie today?
A: I guess where you draw the line is whether itís obnoxious or not. If you earn your success and donít fuck anyone over to do it . . . I think thatís the main problem with the term yuppie. It conveys an image of people who screwed people over and robbed them. It connotes people more like from Enron than anyone who owns their own business.

Q: Would you consider yourself a yuppie?
A: In terms of someone who was young, urban, and professional, I wouldnít deny it. I was always striving for success and working hard toward it. But if you mean yuppie in the sense that Iím an eighties stereotype of the greedy, fuck-over-your-friends-and-family-and-clean-out-Grandmaís-pension-funds-to-get-rich, then no. No way.