When I Grow Up...

"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." - Ferris

Hi, my name is Matt, I am 27 years old and I have no idea what I want to do when I grow up...and that's okay. 

See? What the hell am I doing here?

See? What the hell am I doing here?

It is my hope that someone out there read that and sighed with relief. Don't let anyone fool you, most of us have no idea what we want to do. Some of us may think we know what we want to do but I don't know if anyone ever really has it figured out. And if you're reading this and you did know what you wanted and you're so successful please comment below to help the rest of us.

Reflecting on the last year or so I am coming to realizations in my life. First is that life rules. I have countless people in my life that I am grateful for. I live by the beach (let that sink in) in Santa Monica with beautiful girlfriend (and now a tiny pomeranian with a jaw problem; see below), my family fully supports me from 48 states away, I have a job I love and hobbies I love even more, health, and I ride my beach cruiser to work. Even after reflecting on all that I can't help but wonder what's next?

I'm not worried about failing as much as I worry about understanding the chances that could lead to...something. Failure or success. Am I keeping my eye out for opportunities that are right in front of me? Am I doing everything I can to put myself "out there" (wherever that is) to meet new people, see new places and fully take advantage of the world around me. Am I putting too much pressure on myself to "change the world" or should I start by changing one small thing at a time? 

If you have read this far into this post thank you. I hope that you feel relieved that someone in the world feels the same way you do. Hopefully someone feels this way and I am not a total loser...but what the hell this is my blog...fuck it. And...that being said...this is incredibly personal. But...once again this is my blog...so what the hell. 

Let's take a risk today. And tomorrow. And the next day after that. Let's start small by smiling at someone new, take a moment to slow down some careless interaction like buying coffee and look at it from another perspective. Compliment someone's shirt who knows maybe they will offer you a job or be your best friend in 10 years. Take an alternate route to work, school or the store and see what's there. Make everyday count. I have to continually remind myself to live in the moment. Plan for tomorrow but live for today. 

I may not know what I want to do when I grow up but let's have good time trying to figure it out.

Does any of this make sense?  


Record Store Day 2014...


...First timer in Los Angeles...

...First timer in Los Angeles...

Record Store Day has come a long way from its start in 2008. I missed the first year but have proudly been participating and watching its progression (and Black Friday-eske lines grow) since 2009. This will be my first year celebrating music with strangers in a new city, Los Angeles. I am originally from Philadelphia but I look forward to meeting new friends, enthusiastically discussing releases of some of our favorite music...and quickly trying to get everything on my wish list before they do. I remember the year Jimmy Eat World put out their classic Bleed America on vinyl and getting the last copy right before the singer of Hawthorne Heights...what was he even doing there? Aren't they from Ohio? Anyway, it's a time for community, excitement and fun. I'm looking forward to seeing what this town has to offer. LA you have a lot to live up to against Repo Records in Philadelphia! 

Top 5 Picks: 

Ray Parker Jr.- Ghostbusters  (glow in the dark vinyl)

Creedence Clearwater Revival- The 1969 Singles

Haim- Forever

Mae- Destination: Beautiful

Skrillex- Recess (just cause it's on tape)