News for July 2010

What I’ve Learned

…because I’m bored and I’ve been reading way too much Esquire.

  • The name Brown Rug came about when I bought an Xbox one Christmas and it asked me to come up with a user name.¬† I couldn’t think of one so I got the system to come up with a random name. It generated ‘YellowRug’ for me but I thought it would be hilarious if I replaced ‘yellow’ with ‘brown’ because brown reminded me of poo, and I thought it was funny that my name online would remind me of a crappy brown rug. Ten minutes after registering, I realized how lame the name was and I was bummed because it would cost me $10 to change it. So the name stuck. And it was my fault.
  • Some of my friends also call me Yew Chon, because that’s how the gwei lo pronounces my Chinese name.
  • Some guys’ thing is cars, cameras or computers. My thing is guitars.
  • There has always been two constants in my life that I’ve relied on when things weren’t looking good: God and music. My faith gives me hope for tomorrow, music gives me something to do in the meantime.
  • I remember my first show, it was at my high school talent show during my senior year. The band was nervous but at the same time we were stoked. My high E string broke the night before while I was restringing my guitar, and we just managed to get a drummer and a singer at the last minute to play our songs. It lasted for only 10 minutes, but after our set the auditorium exploded. From that day on, life just changed.
  • Even if I never play another show in my life, I still consider myself blessed to have played. It takes an amazing amount of coordination and luck to get the right people together. To have done it once and to be a part of it is something I will never forget.
  • A lot of people don’t appreciate my laid back approach to things. To me, it just keeps me sane and healthy.
  • Looking back at all the stupid crap I’ve done in the past, I consider myself lucky for having some pretty forgiving friends.
  • Now that I think about it, I’m pretty fortunate to have parents that have put up with me for all these years.
  • My guitar heroes are both named Tom – Tom Morello and Tom Delonge. Cool.
  • I’m 23 and it’s still hard for me to stop calling myself¬† ‘boy.’
  • I don’t think people really appreciated the pop-punk era during the late ’90s early ’00s. But in 10 years, I think my musical tastes will be vindicated (hopefully).
  • Very few things in life make me angry, but if you tell me I can’t do something, I will go out of my way to prove you wrong. I take those challenges personally.
  • Did you know Tom Delonge’s middle name is Matthew? When I found that out I screamed. Fate will one day bring us together.
  • The one song that has gotten me through some tough times has been ‘Fix You’ by Coldplay. It’s the only song that can make my eyes well up.
  • What she’s got to have: kindness, compassion, honesty and a sense of humor. Plus she needs to have nice hair. I have a weird hair fetish.
  • A man should always know how to cook one dish really well. Which is why I have taken up cooking these past few months.
  • The first song I learned how to play was ‘Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)’ by Green Day. That song taught me so much on how to play: rhythm, strumming, picking, and the realization that I could actually be good at this.
  • Principles are important. They made me the person I am today.
  • Rain or shine, I will run. The physical meditation clears my head and brings me peace.
  • I like making mix tapes. If you want one, ask.
  • I waste way too much time on Youtube. For instance, last night I watched videos on Bees last night. Bees. Did you know 20 hornets can take out a colony of 30,000 bees in 2-3 hours? Nature you scary.
  • Everyone needs to listen to Zee Avi. She is amazing.
Posted: July 26th, 2010
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