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
Categories: Life, Randomness
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Comments: 8 Comments.
Comment from Jamie - July 26, 2010 at 1:42 PM

Wow, I’ve learned a lot about you from this post Matt. I always wanted to know what Brown Rug meant and now I do, haha.

Comment from Meghan - July 26, 2010 at 10:22 PM

I thought you were a butt guy!!!

Would you make me a mixed tape? 🙂

Comment from Matt - July 27, 2010 at 12:19 AM

@Jamie: I thought I told you the story behind it! blah!

@Meghan: Man that’s going to be tough, I think you’ve listened to most of the songs I know!

Comment from c - July 27, 2010 at 12:54 PM

i love the name brown rug, but i think you already know that 🙂

hair fetish huh? i guess no one wants to run their fingers through hair that feels like pubes. good call. i approve of that fetish! lol…

Comment from Matt - July 27, 2010 at 1:46 PM

never underestimate great hair =)

Comment from Sammie - July 28, 2010 at 10:03 PM

Sometimes I call you Yew Chon but I’m Chinese. Chinese person fail.

Oh high school, I still remember the Rock Show dance haha

<3 Fix you, it was used on a So You Think You Can Dance routine and I wanted to double cry.

For some reason I already knew that you have a hair fetish =/

I remember you playing Time of Your Life, I recognized it = ) you play good

We MUST see Zee Avi when she comes!

Comment from Matt - July 28, 2010 at 10:47 PM

she’s opening for jack johnson!

Comment from Jamie - August 5, 2010 at 6:40 PM

Haha, I just got to your blog by googling my blog. Thanks for both of the links, bro.