Seattle, Washington Home Once More and Gone Again

The Europe leg of the trip is done. Thirteen countries in five weeks, if I’m counting correctly.

I’m not even gonna bother trying to put into words how much fun I had. I know that outwardly it seems like I’m moving too quickly to appreciate anything and it’s a wasted opportunity and blah blah blah, but the ones who bluster thusly are missing what’s going on. And how could they know, really.

It’s all about the dancing events, folks. Meeting random strangers all across the continent. The energy of the masses getting silly in public places for no readily discernable reason. Trust me. It’s fantastic. And I’m keen to do more.

The US and Canada are next, but I’m taking the summer off first. So sign up now to get an invite come September-ish.

The closest thing I can liken it to is a rock band on tour, except without the buses and drugs and groupies…and really nothing like that at all, but how else to describe it?

Moving on.

And so I come home to find the Katamari media fun ball is still accumulating girth, if you’ll pardon the cumbersome analogy. Yahoo has done a big story on the videos and it’s on the front page of their news site.

I didn’t realize how many people read Yahoo news. Turns out it’s pretty much everyone. My inbox is swelling. I’ve heard from every kid I went to camp with and every guy who sat behind me in study hall. Yahoo warned me I’d be getting about 50 page views a second while they have the link up. So what’s that, 3000 while I wrote that sentence?

Sheesh!

And so I must observe my familial duty and take this opportunity, while the traffic is flowing through, to mention what my sister has been up to…

She’s started a company making bracelets for girls. The company, and the product, is called Glitz Clicks.

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The bracelet is actually 7 separate compartments that snap together. Inside each compartment is a different kind of makeup. Except for one of the compartments, which is empty. You can put whatever you want in it.

This last touch is genius. The bonus, you see, is nothing. She’s giving you an extra nothing — FOR FREE. And you get excited because you can put whatever you want in it. That’s what’s so great about nothing, right?

Here’s my niece, Ellie, shamelessly promoting it.

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That’s the same Ellie who is in all of the dancing videos. In my family, we try to get as much mileage as we can out of those among us who are still cute.

My sister put this whole thing together herself; design, packaging, manufacturing, shipping, selling to retailers. She just got a self-storage space and filled it with boxes fresh out of the crate from Hong Kong. The first batch goes on sale at the Limited Too tomorrow.

Wanna have some fun? Try getting a manufacturer in Hong Kong to build you 10,000 of something. I assure you, this is not an easy game to get into, and the odds are stacked against the one-woman shows. So alls I’m saying is, if you happen to be into tween jewelry — or you know someone who is…

I’ve been home for a day. I was literally wandering through Jerusalem last Friday. And lo!, I must get on a plane again tomorrow. I have a wedding to go to in New York. I’m the best man, which is a kick. Never thought I’d qualify for the job, and I am truly honored/stunned.

A toast. I have to give a toast. Jeepers!

I’ll be back on the 8th, and then I intend to make a concerted effort to do nothing. I’m going to do nothing as hard as I can. What’s so great about nothing, you see, is you can put whatever you want in it.

18 Responses to Seattle, Washington Home Once More and Gone Again

  1. I miss the blogs Matt ~ the fun and craziness of people and events. I understand this trip is different and you seem more tired than previous journeys. Saying that I wish you an extended lazy day of summer and make sure you get the wedding party to dance! Don’t forget about your home state – I’m more than willing to help make this the biggest dance event and make it into the Guinness book of records.

  2. Jorge

    I saw your story on yahoo’s front page today! pretty cool. I wondered if you ever thought you’d be on yahoo the first time you recorded yourself doing da dance 😛

  3. Rob

    Did you lose weight, or did the Yahoo video compress a 16:9 image to 4:3? Or was it the lens–a wonderful, magical lens?

  4. Rich

    “You get nothing… FOR FREE!” LMAO!

    I bet my kids/step-kids would love those bracelet things. They think that little containers are the bomb… With make up in them and bracelets to boot?!?! Their heads may explode!

    Opens July 5th? It’s July 6th.. :/
    I have to go sign up for dancing now..

    Cheers!

    Rich

  5. Nebilim

    Hi Matt
    Dou you think come to Erzurum at Turkiye?
    you’ll like that city, i am sure.
    We waiting, come and dance to peak of the Palandoken Mountains! there are Great ski track and historical work. Ok?
    best regards!

  6. Wayne

    Matt,
    Listen, I think it’s time that you seriously took a look at the way your journal here has changed over the last several years. Your journal used to be so amazing. You vented about things that ticked you off, you celebrated that which you thought was nice, and told the truth about what you really thought.
    Now, when I read your journal, I can sense a total change in attitude. You are so worried about what everyone thinks that you won’t tell the truth about anything anymore. It stinks.
    And now you’re advertising? Come on… Let’s get back to where you didn’t care what anyone thought. Back to when you said what you really thought. Those were the good old days.

  7. PLENTIOUS

    While I tend to agree with the sentiment behind Wayne’s comment above, I hope Wayne realizes you can do and say pretty much whatever you want if noone is paying you for what you do and say.

    I’m curious to know how many times Wayne has told his boss to F-off or just told him how hot, stupid, fat, etc. his coworkers are.

    The challenge for Matt is to preserve his voice and “realness” as his activities become more and more contrived in the interest of business.

    Wayne seems to think Matt is failing in this regard. Personally I have not decided.

  8. HI Matt,
    As my work on my site(NuNomad), I try to inspire people to create mobile careers so that they can travel the world while they maintain their income. I regularly interview people for my blog who are doing just that. Having read about you now – you are a great example of a person who has used their creativity to see the world and make a career at the same time. Kudos to you! Love the dancing!

    Carmen

  9. David

    Matt,

    Even though that this was done as a joke, shows that even the most simple things can bring a smile to someones face…. And that there is still good floating around in this world of wildness…Thank you

    Dave Bakaturski
    Pittsbugh Pa

  10. Rousemary

    Matt,

    I see you have not visited Puerto Rico???? What you think we don’t want the chicken dance, We would love to have you here…we love to dance;-)

    Love Ya…

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