Seattle, Washington Doughy? Really?

There’s an article about the new video in the Arts section of today’s New York Times (looks like you need to register to read it…boo). It’s humbling to be mentioned in a publication that, to me, still represents the tippity top of journalism. The article is an unusually thorough attempt to encapsulate the story of how the video came to be. And as a consequence of that thoroughness, it contains a few inaccuracies:

– The Iceland clip shows a waterfall, not a geyser.

– The composer’s name is Garry Schyman, not Gary (it’s right there in the credits).

– The second video was released in 2006, not 2005 (hence the name, "Dancing 2006").

On the less factual side of things, my point was not that Bengali lyrics are less cliché than English lyrics. I was trying to explain that we wanted to avoid cliché, and neither Garry nor I could imagine putting any words into the song that didn’t make us cringe. At least in Bengali, we have no idea whether it’s cliché or not because we can’t understand a word of it.

But I suppose none of those things are what put the chip on my shoulder. No, that would be the New York Times’ description of me as a "big, doughy-looking fellow."

Melissa read the article ahead of me and warned of said description. I told her it was fine because "doughy" doesn’t mean fat. It means youthful-looking, which is actually kind of nice.

Then I looked up "doughy":

Of or like dough, especially in being soft and heavy or pallid and flabby. Example: A fat, doughy face.

So there you go. It is now a matter of public record. I’m pallid and flabby.

For what it’s worth, here is the author of the piece; Charles McGrath.

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Charles, I dub you: turtle-like.

Anyway, it’s a very nice piece, but if it thrills you to read what other newspapers have to say about the video, I’d steer you toward the Chicago Tribune article that ran over a week ago. It’s thoughtful, concise, and the author doesn’t once call me "doughy."

On the day I put the video up, I promised everyone who came out and danced that I’d be putting up three separate videos with full length clips for all our dances, and I’d be releasing the videos at about one a week. That has not happened. Not even close. I’ve hardly even started on the first one. The videos will probably come out more like once a month, starting in a couple weeks when things settle down for me a bit.

I will now fill out the rest of this entry with more inbox fun…

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What I think I appreciate about you most, Matt, is that no matter where you’ve been, you seem to remember how to use an apostrophe.

Universal brotherly love, joy and friendship are all very well, but to meet a guy, who is world famous no less, who knows the difference between ‘they’re’ and ‘there’, and lo! even ‘their’, ‘its’ and it’s, ‘your’ and ‘you’re’ is a wonder and joy to behold. And you’re under forty! Astonishing.

It must be because you’ve never been to university. Nothing like college to entirely ruin a person’s ability to think rationally and use punctuation.

HJW

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Bless your heart, HJW.

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Hi.

Matt

My name is __________.

I’m from south korea and I’m live in korea now.

I’m 20 years old and my gender is man.

My job is student.

I’m failed in first test for University, So I challenge again.

Actually I’m not pretty good at English.

So you can’t understand what I’m saying.

I saw you in the video,Trip to all around and dancing.

I’m very impressive about that.

So I visit your homepage and read about you.

You are so good person.

I want keep in touch with you.

You can answer my e-mail?

Please be my fisrt foreigner friend.

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My feeling is amused.

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I am just writing for a suggestion, you don’t have to do it but I thought it mite be a good idea have you ever thought of going to dance in a hospital? or even better to Iraq where the war was just to put smiles on peoples faces

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This is a fine example of the importance of punctuation. Without it, we have apparently waged war simply to warm hearts. Although I can’t rule out the possibility that my nation’s president is writing to reveal, at long last, the real reason for the invasion.

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I have a question for you Matt, as most people who e-mail you do, and Im sorry for making it long, I tend to put alot of thought into things I ask, so Im asking you something which I actually put my heart and soul into, whenever I ask someone this.

Are you an Anime Fan? Also, why do you think the Anime-loving community is dumped on so much?

Me and my group of friends are Anime NERDS, GEEKS, and other things which would describe how obsessed we are with it. Now my question is, why does being a fan of something make one an outcast? I saw in your trip to Tokyo Japan, the girls in that were cosplaying as maids. Thats very common in Anime actually, but anyway. If Anime is big in Japan, why cant it be big everywhere else? Where I am, Anime is something that you get your back turned on for, and having an Anime Con. once a year isnt enough to help that. So its hard for people like me.

Why do you think people hate the Anime-Community so much? Are you an Anime fan?

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I, uh, hadn’t actually given the matter much thought.

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I am 63 now and never met my real mother who died when I was about 3. But I didn’t even know she existed until I was 22 when I discovered an odd name on my birth certificate. 40 years later, on 9 April 2008, my half-sister posted me a photograph of my mother and for the first time I saw what she looked like. This evoked a set of emotions within me that about two days later inspired me to build a special website that I would dedicate to her. I promised her in a letter I wrote that I would immortalize her on the web and in so doing would place on that site all the positive things in the world to do with love and kindness and humanness.

There are so many things to choose from and I am being so careful to only include on her site when I build it that only the most inspirational will do. Matt, your video will be there among only three others so far I have collected. I will be proud for my Mama to enjoy your very human spirit from the comfort of her resting place. Please may I thank you for the contribution you will have made to My darling Mama.

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Why are my eyeballs leaking?!

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Hi Matt,

I just want to tell you a quick story… My story over the past year..

1st of all, Ilive in Montreal, so english is my 2nd language and I apologize for any typos…

2 years ago, my girlfriend told me she wanted to travel around the world… At First, I was in shock, but I knew it was a long dream she had. So as a good guy I told her: Go, but I cannot go with you, i have some debts, and my financial situation is not very good at the moment. We’ll see how it goes, I will go see you when I can. I was starting a new job back then so my vacations were limited.. Before leaving she told me we would have a house and kids when she would be back.

She left for India on the 19th of September 2007, She worked for an agency in Mumbai, she had no salary, but she was lodged and she got food for her work. She spent 4 months in India, then she left for the Philippines, where she spent another 4 months learning scuba diving. She is now a PADI Instructor. Her pictures are wonderful, we’ve been calling each other each day since she left.

While she was in the Philippines, She and I decided to meet each other in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It was wonderful seeing her after 6 months.

She is now in Autralia, for 5 weeks, and I am goin to see her again in 28 days for a 2 week period in Honduras. We’ll be visiting the country and we will go suba divig in the Bay Isloands.

Now her trip is coming to an end, and she does not really wanna comeback, she said shes coming back only for me and she wants us to go work somewhere in central america or anywhere else. I am a network administrator. Up until last night, i was in shock again, I appreciate the fact that she wants to comeback for me, but she does not want kids, no house nothing.. She just wants us to go see the world.. No need to tell you that I was starting to think that I’ve waited for her for nothing because her plans have now changed.

But then, I came across your website, i saw your 2008 video. I smiled, almost shed a tear (I am dude damnit!!), and for that brief period of time, I felt what she feels on her side. Thats because of your story. As soons as I am finished with this e-mail, I am calling her to tell her I wanna go see the world with her. Thanks to you Matt!! You made me realise that hapinness is not behind a desk writing programs or fixing computers, coming home, eat, sleep, rince and repeat.

Cheers mate!

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Wow. Cool.

71 Responses to Seattle, Washington Doughy? Really?

  1. Chris

    Remember on February 26, 2006 when you wrote, “Or maybe it was the similarly rotund preteen on her shingled rooftop, pantomiming some bubblegum pop tune in an outfit of rainbow fluorescence. Halfway through the performance, she takes to a nearby chair for a breather. At this, Melissa blurted, ‘Ohh, fatty, do you need to sit down?’

    The unexpected bullying caught all of us off guard, Melissa included. She is, evidently, a closet fatty-hater.

    But aren’t we all?”

    Now you know how it feels to be on the other end of that!

    I was really enjoying your journal until I came across that 2/26/2008 post. Tsk, tsk.

  2. Went to look into google images for the words “flabby” and “doughy” to try to understand it better. I think now you’re better off doughy-looking than flabby-looking, however youthful-looking should be fine.

    Love the inbox fun! Keep on sharing all these nice emails with us, Matt!
    Had quite a laugh with the korean guy. Actually seems like a nice fellow. 😀

  3. kerri

    I came to your site thanks to the aforementioned article in the NYT and, without knowing you are your video, I have to say the ‘doughy’ description struck me as harsh I don’t care who you are (or how much you weigh). Mostly because its relevance (note the absence of apostrophe there) was nil. I hope Turtle Dude takes some heat for that.

    The videos (as the world seems to be persistently affirming) do indeed rock. But how much more pleased was I to discover that you are a fellow left-minded liberal and earth-conscious individual? Let’s just say there was some cake… and then there was some icing. I love reading your candid and well-written journal([‘conservative ≠ conservation’] = brilliant) almost as much as the videos.

    May you travel far, dance long and have as many chalupas as you want (wagon notwithstanding).

  4. Rob

    Mean old Mr. McGrath characterized you as not only big and doughy-looking but also an uninhibited doofus. And this was in a positive article! Imagine what the Times does to folks they don’t like. (Actually, you don’t have to imagine it; just read their political coverage.)

    On a serious note, it’s alarming how many mistakes one finds in news articles–even in the supposedly-great New York Times–when one has personal knowledge of the subject. Is there any reason to expect that their accuracy is greater about subjects for which we lack personal knowledge? And yet the world relies on such news reports to learn the facts; what realistic alternative is there?

  5. Rob

    Mean old Mr. McGrath characterized you as not only big and doughy-looking but also an uninhibited doofus. And this was in a positive article! Imagine what the Times does to folks they don’t like. (Actually, you don’t have to imagine it; just read their political coverage.)

    On a serious note, it’s alarming how many mistakes one finds in news articles–even in the supposedly-great New York Times–when one has personal knowledge of the subject. Is there any reason to expect that their accuracy is greater about subjects for which we lack personal knowledge? And yet the world relies on such news reports to learn the facts; what realistic alternative is there?

  6. Yvonne

    You are not “doughy”.

    You know what you are?

    Adorable. Combine that with one of the most infectious smiles on this planet and a humble personality to boot, and you’ve got one of the nicest guys you’ll ever have the pleasure of meeting.

    Turtle has no idea who he’s talking about.

  7. Gaudia Ray

    Per the photo posted, it appears that Mr. McGrath has had facial reconstructive surgery to the area of his chin.

    I presume this due some prior victim of his libelous pen giving him a well deserved sock to his jaw.

    Could that disfigurement have anything to do with his incapacity to report cleanly and accurately, and his penchant to embellish with projection by Hack (I think that’s his first name) McGrath’s negative self-assessment?

  8. anne :)

    thanks :) . good to know there are kindred spirits out there who are okay with documenting what amuses them and gives them joy :) . dance like noone’s watching. . .

  9. Christine

    You’re not doughy. You’re handsome. You have a bit of that frat boy look to you, but A., I think secretly think that the frat boy look is actually kind of hot, and B., you’re super-intelligent and that makes the fact that you have the frat boy look about you even more interesting, and C., you’re not arrogant and vain and all caught up with working out all the time and lifting weights, which means that one can tell just by looking at your non-sculpted (but certainly not doughy or fat!) physique that you have better things to do than live at the gym, even if one has never seen your videos. You’re totally cute (handsome, nice-looking, attractive, whatever). And I love that you have a firm handle on correct grammar. I like the cuckoldry comment about the satirical video. You’re a cunning linguist. ; ) (See, your sexy frat boy look but-not-a-frat-boy-at-all, coupled with your command of the English language and naked honesty about your slackerdom when it comes to 9 to 5 stuff, is making me flirt with you, and I don’t even know you! And I’m married! Happily!) So take that, New York Times. Matt ain’t doughy. He’s a damn heartthrob. So there.)

    One more comment: I cried watching your videos. I was so glad to read the comments from other people – from all walks of life – who also cried. What an amazing project and you should be really proud of yourself. You’re neat. Thank you for the joy you’ve given me and tens of thousands of other people around the world.

  10. It looks like you launched a kind of epidemic. I’m wondering what will happen when all computer workers have quitted and gone to see the world…

  11. Roemarie

    Doughy, really, how dare he make such a judgement. Good to get mentioned in the Times though, I must say. Turtle-like, very good. The Chicago Tribune article rocked, it was a great, caught the whole essence of your gig. What are doing in New York Matt?

  12. RosieNYC

    Please, do not let the NYT article bring you down. Those people running it and writing for it are too engrossed in their “grown-up” so called “intellectual lives” to realize that what you have accomplished is priceless. You have managed to show the world that regardless of where you are or which madman/madwoman is in power wherever you live, we are all the same human beings and there are more things that unite us, such as the joy of dancing or saving our earth, than things our incompetent leaders want us to believe divide us. As corny as it might sound, your video has given me hope that one day my children will be able to live in a world where human beings have moved beyond greed, power-hunger and religious divisions.

  13. If it’s any consolation, I read the NY Times piece, went to see the video on YouTube and my FIRST thought was, “He’s not doughy!” I mean, c’mon — I was expecting Chris Farley with a description like that. Anyway, congrats on the great coverage. “All the News That’s Fit To Print” and you’re it!

  14. Rich

    Matt,
    We need to cut Chuckie McGrath a (very) little slack–remember, he might have actually done his homework and watched all your videos.

    First, he’s probably upset that you danced with his grandparents on the Galapogos Islands, and Chuckie hasn’t seen Grandma and Grandpa in years. See, they really don’t travel much and NYC is just too fast-paced for them, especially at their age. I have it on good authority that every time Ole McGrath sees the Slowski Comcast commercial on TV, he gets misty-eyed.

    Second, remember that you DID exhort us to ‘ignore the man-boobs’…which just called attention TO the man-boobs. I wouldn’t have noticed them had you not directed my eyes right to them. (By the way, what cup size are you? What are you doing this weekend? You wanna go shopping for man-bras? Maybe grab a pint after?)

    Third, McGrath’s article will ultimately add a few million views to ‘Dancing’. It’s not the number underneath the video on YouTube that matters; it’s that more and more people all over the world will get to experience your spiritual performance art.

    To close on a tangential note (I mentioned this in my comments on YT), I would love if ‘Dancing’ could be shown at the opening ceremonies of the Summer Olympics in Beijing, to give the atheletes and viewers worldwide a gut-check about what the spirit of the Olympics should be. But alas…

    Matt, keep up the great work and thank you for inspiring us with simplicity.

  15. Theo C

    RIGHTEOUS!

    Charlie Turtle he shall be!

    So few of us have a chance to show a newspaper columnist what it feels like to be uncharitably described in a public forum.

    You’ve got all the karmic brownie points you need; you can spend a few being uncharitable back to Charlie Turtle.

  16. Heidi

    It’s clearly a typo – try “doughty” on for size. Much better than doughy. (Doughy? Honestly.)

    I’ve been so inspired by these videos – thanks!

  17. Robby

    Are you still in New York? I want to freaking dance my ass off with you guys. Tell me when and where and I’m there.

  18. Jane

    If you dance again, add some footage of areas of disaster, and wear a black armband to show that despite the horrors peoples souls survive and they begin a new dance rhythm.

  19. My 12-year-old son just watched the video. He got this huge smile on his face and said, “That is SO COOL. He makes people happy by looking stupid.” I think he meant stupid in the best possible way though. And there was no mention of doughiness–for what it’s worth. :)

  20. hello,
    i just saw your video with Antseranana, Madagascar in it. it made me smile. i am originally from Madagascar. i regularly encounter people who look at me funny when i tell them where i am from because most think it’s a made up country from a Disney movie!
    keep up the good work, who cares if he thinks you are doughy. he’s not the guy with the video featured on AC360, getting article write-ups from the NY Times and Chicago Tribune. he is just the guy seating behind the desk, eating, sleeping…rinse and repeat like that other dude was saying! honestly i would rather be doughy, and be you rather than turtley(?) and be him.

    btw, you should definitely become that Korean guy’s “first foreigner friend”!

  21. Mean old Mr. McGrath
    Made a comment and picked on Matt
    A turtle he shall be
    in “time” he’ll feel like a pea.
    For Matt isn’t doughy as many of us see,
    his video’s and blogs make us dance with glee.

  22. urutapu

    Well I’m not really commenting on this post, just the video buuuuut

    I seriously almost cried. Pretty quickly too…the kids in Madagascar really got me. And I have to say I burst out laughing at the demilitarized Korea part. The dog in Kuwait, too.

  23. Dedene

    Bonjour Matt,
    I heard about you from Andrea on Expats Women. I live in France and was happy to see you dancing on the Trocadero. Contrary to popular belief, the French love to have fun! LOL

    This made me laugh and think of all my expat friends living all over the world.
    Thanks for dancing.

  24. Jack

    Hey Matt,
    Your video is the most original, heart-warming, joyful piece of film many of us have seen in 10 years. Congratulations on your creativity and determination to see it through. Earlier, I sent your URL to some friends (one of whom was H. Smith) and the reaction was universally positive. I wish you had considered calling one of the versions, “Matt Gets Around.” Please consider putting a T-shirt with your picture on it for sale on this site, at least as a way of meeting your expenses. Whatever you choose to do next, good luck and bless your big heart.
    Jack

  25. Stephanie

    Matt, you are NOT doughy! I was shocked when I read that!

    Keep it up man! What you are doing is beautiful.

  26. cynthia

    your videos make me cry, they are wonderful. I hope I am brave enough to do the same thing someday as you did ! Are you planing to dance in Japan, Kyoto soon by any chance?
    well, I wanted to ask if you take apprentices? I will finish my studies in two years so if you need a helping hand by then… or maybe a successor ??? 😀

  27. downbylaw

    You’re a trooper for doing that MSNBC spot. I couldn’t watch it after about thirty seconds, though. You’re a good guy. No question.

  28. FWIW, it was the NYT recently that ran a full-page color ad (cost est. $80,000 or so) touting a new novel by Robert Crais. According to the ad, the plot involves “a series of grizzly deaths.”

    I do not think there are any bears in the book.

  29. When I read the New York Times article I was peeved both by the writer’s doughy remark (you are anything BUT doughy by all appearances in Sydney, although makes me wonder about Dahlia’s donut balls…) as well as his inability to connect the video dancing to the Stride gum claim/motto (it’s a bit of a stretch, but so far as to elude a NYT journalist?).

    Yes, keep up with the inbox sharing. Good fun.

  30. Susan C

    Matt, wanted to mention that because of the NYT article I have watched your two videos a number of times, plus the first one in Asia and your discussions about putting it together. I experience such joy in seeing the places and the dancing and the people and kangaroos and I could go on and on. And the music – beyond wonderful! At first it brought on such strong deep emotions that I would cry when I watched it. Now it fills me with smiles and happiness – is a great idea for the morning! And to see places I last thought about years ago like Timbuktu and Madagascar and Brunei and Christmas Island – too fun! And that vivid joy jumping out of those children in Rwanda – nothing can describe that.
    This afternoon the NYT posted another article “Dance Even if Nobody Is Watching” about your videos and how dancing is so good for people. And that writer wrote “In addition to taking you on a gorgeous tour of some exotic and not-so-exotic locales, Mr. Harding’s video will leave you envious of his lightness of spirit. And it might even make you want to dance”. She also said in response to a reader comment that she was 100% annoyed at that earlier doughy reference. I hope that helps – maybe people don’t know how to describe normal people anymore.

  31. The letter from the Korean student made me laugh so hard. I teach in South Korea and that is EXACTLY how Korean students write, right down to the obligatory apology for the poor English! I’ve gotten so many e-mails from my students just like that one; it brought a smile to my face.
    P.S. Matt, you can’t imagine how enjoyable it is to read a blog that is properly punctuated. I read and read and my blood pressure doesn’t rise once. Cheers to you, mate. You are a model to us all.

  32. Sonya

    I’m rather surprised and I must confess disappointing in this entry of yours.

    Are you a skinny lean guy? No. If you were you would most likely have been described as such. You were described as ‘doughy’ probably because you ARE doughy – the fact that you don’t want to admit and are bothered by it means you have image issues. But why would you feel the need to retort with meaness towards Mr. McGrath? Very immature of you.

    Something obvious: For somone as progressive and liberal and open-minded as you; aren’t you supposed to know that the word fat (or chunky, doughy, etc.) is not an insult? It’s a descriptive. People that use it as an insult are just being ignorant sheep. We can tell the difference when it’s used positively and prejoratively. Mr. McGrath was not trying to insult you.

  33. Hi Matt, I´m from Buenos Aires, and I hear about you this sunday in one of the two most important newspaper in Argentina, there was an article about your trips around the world, It´s really amazing that you do it this videos in a fresh way, that make me smile when I see them. I feel waching those videos that the are relly people like you that lives their live with their hart. Saludos desde la ciudad del tango, hope you visit us again and soon.

  34. Bill W.

    ‘Turtle-like’ (lolz) McGrath is just jealous.

    Google “Matt+Doughy” and you’ll find yourself in very good company. ;^)

    Us doughy guys who refuse to believe we are such have to stick together.

    “Mike and the Bots’ tribute to doughy guys”
    link to youtube.com

  35. B. Hammond

    Hey there, doughboy! Love the videos, the site, and that you got to do something like this. In the ‘About Matt’ section, though, you say: “Matt also doesn’t have some magical secret for traveling cheaply. He does it pretty much the same way everybody else does.”

    To which you might: “He gets Stride Gum to pay for it.”

    Great, as I said, but hardly a useful travel tip.

  36. Matt,

    It’s awesome to see how you’ve touched so many people. You have an awesome energy that seems to dig out the best part of every situation, and literally force a silver lining on even the darkest cloud. If that’s a bit too much, forget I said it.

    Those emails are great, and turtle-like fellows shouldn’t call people ‘doughy’.

  37. Theresa

    Hey, I’m a journalist and subscribe to a service for journalists from the Poynter Institute. They chose the NYT article and your response as their communication today, a reminder to us all to be as accurate as we can. Good luck to you — you are a wonderful writer as well as an entertainer.

  38. Beverly Van Beaver Dam

    Hey Matt,

    I’ve been thinking about what you said above, namely:

    “I’m used to being treated like the cute, disposable gimmick of the day. I’m not used to being treated like an auteur.

    “And it makes me nervous. It feels like one step closer to the ledge. All my favorite forms of artistic expression are things that no one takes seriously; videogames, comic books, internet video. In my opinion, as soon as they start getting critical analysis and respect, they stop being interesting.”

    I hope you won’t mind if I take this as an invitation to comment. With great admiration for what you’ve done and are doing, I think the ledge you are stepping toward is being a card-carrying recognized grown up. From what I can tell, and I admire this about you, you’ve resisted “Achievement” as defined by upper-middle class society. Your path in other directions has been marvelous and now it’s led upper-middle class America to recognize what you’ve done as another sort of Achievement. So, here you are despite your best efforts, with something potentially more serious than Cornell undergrad and Harvard MBA degrees. What do you do with it?

    I’d like to make a modest recommendation: consider what Dave Eggers has done. He made a big splash with his life story and converted his voice into one that creates art and speaks for social good. You’re also a good writer and you have a great eye for an image. I could see you becoming an internet impresario of international relation, merriment and public art. I think you could benefit from talking to Dave about how to manage the shift toward being taken seriously without letting it sink you.

    Good luck!

  39. Beverly Van Beaver Dam

    Hey Matt,

    I’ve been thinking about what you said above, namely:

    “I’m used to being treated like the cute, disposable gimmick of the day. I’m not used to being treated like an auteur.

    “And it makes me nervous. It feels like one step closer to the ledge. All my favorite forms of artistic expression are things that no one takes seriously; videogames, comic books, internet video. In my opinion, as soon as they start getting critical analysis and respect, they stop being interesting.”

    I hope you won’t mind if I take this as an invitation to comment. With great admiration for what you’ve done and are doing, I think the ledge you are stepping toward is being a card-carrying recognized grown up. From what I can tell, and I admire this about you, you’ve resisted “Achievement” as defined by upper-middle class society. Your path in other directions has been marvelous and now it’s led upper-middle class America to recognize what you’ve done as another sort of Achievement. So, here you are despite your best efforts, with something potentially more serious than Cornell undergrad and Harvard MBA degrees. What do you do with it?

    I’d like to make a modest recommendation: consider what Dave Eggers has done. He made a big splash with his life story and converted his voice into one that creates art and speaks for social good. You’re also a good writer and you have a great eye for an image. I could see you becoming an internet impresario of international relation, merriment and public art. I think you could benefit from talking to Dave about how to manage the shift toward being taken seriously without letting it sink you.

    Good luck!

  40. sabine heidelbach

    hi matt,
    you are… words are missing to describe how extrodinary you are…if you ever come back again to munich in Germany (meanwhile the beer-festival or we go to the famous castle of neuschwanstein http://www.neuschwanstein.com and you dance there), I would be pleased to dance with you!! And our house is your house!!

    very best regards an all my best wishes with you

    sabine&jon and the 2 doggies

  41. Nancy Frye

    I don’t think you’re “doughy”. That’s just lazy journalism. You might be termed “husky” as opposed to “slender”, but that’s just your build, not your weight. Anybody who looks at the shots of you in shorts can see your calf muscles (traveling a lot will give you at least that much).

    Anyway, congratulations on the upcoming projects!

    NF in Kingston, WA

  42. ABB

    Dear Matt:
    I saw your videos and what they gave me was a big smile, looking at a guy simply dancing around the world. I´m a teacher at a preeschool and what I love from your videos is that something that simple makes the whole world understand that we are humans not matter what. All around the world people understand. You gave a very different way to see the world.
    This year that we start again, I m going to work with the kids a unit of inquire looking at your videos. I want to know what they see and what they want to know or investigate. Definitively we learn more about experience and that is what I ll try to teach to our children.
    Continue enjoying life,

  43. Fei, Malaysia

    Hi Matt, love that video!

    I first saw it , not on youtube (surprisingly!) but on this Astronomy Picture of the Day Archive site,(link to antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov)

    Pretty random ‘picture’ to post there, but hey what a discovery! Funny thing is, all my female friends commented that the video put a big smile on their face, though some of my male friends said that it nearly made them tear! i thought it was just some weird momentarily weak machoness, but when i read your last entry about that guy who has decided to go travel with his girlfriend, and almost shed a tear when he saw your vid, i’m like (@_@)…okay… so my guy friends are not the only ones tearing. i just find it interesting, how your videos evoke their emotions! lol. just sharing. have fun wherever you are!

  44. cz

    Please add me to the list of people that are delighted to discover you. I look forward to continuing to follow your exploits.

  45. Rachel

    Don’t worry, I’m not going to ask you how much your trips cost because I already know. Unfortunately, I chose to attend a University thinking it would help me have a great career once I graduated. Thanks to the downfall of the economy and inflation, it’s taking longer than planned.

    The highlight of my college education; however, was during my last semester. I had all my classes done and decided to end of a good note. I went to study abroad in London, England for 3 months (not nearly enough time). This was my first trip overseas, so I decided to go to all the tourist cities in 7 different countries. It was the most amazing experience of my life thus far.

    I just recently came across your videos and wanted to express my envy. You’ve seen so many incredible places and experienced different cultures. That’s what I loved most about my recent trip…the people, the cultures, the sights. There are no words that can describe that feeling you have in each new place. I tried to keep a journal and take video/pictures, but nothing can capture the moment. At least we have our memories, right?

    Anyways, I’m back in the States and I’m already planning my next trip abroad while I’m still young. It’s so addicting. Sometimes I feel like giving up due to lack of money and an excessive amount of debt, but then I see videos like this and it inspires me to keep my goals in tact.

    Thank you for the inspiration!

  46. Judy

    Matt,
    In a word—THANKS–I have followed you for a couple of years and I have LOVED every dance! That one in Papau New Guinea was FAB–they used to hunt heads–Brave you! Gosh now you are a real star! In the TIMES and on TV all the time! Last year when you were on with “Where in the World is Matt Lauer”, I was watching as you danced with him. Thank you for making the world better a dance at the time!
    War Eagle from AU,AL-USA !!!!

  47. Mike

    Saw your video on the NASA site today and it made me feel so good I shared it with my friends and family. It’s s small, amazing, beautiful world; thanks for reminding me!

  48. Kathy

    A friend shared your video with me today, so I shared it as well. I will watch your video often. It put a very large smile on my face. It will surely make the world smile. Oh the power of one person! Thank you for helping to make this world a little smaller and a little happier!

  49. Barb

    You are the luckiest man in the world, and I am a happier person for having seen your videos. I cannot thank you enough.

  50. Matt, My friend Jocelyn came home less than a year ago with her special son, Isaac from Liberia. Isaac is 7 and has had TB in his spine. Because of this, his spine was curved (think hunchback). Last month, he had surgeryto begin to correct it. Something went wrong, he now can’t use his legs. This is a boy who was famous in the orphanage he lived in for his adorable dancing. So, last night, she played your video for him. ok, she did lie a bit. She told him that you were dancing because he couldn’t. . and that you’d continue to dance until he could join you! She posted your video and her story at http://bringingisaachome.blogspot.com

    Thanks,
    Brandi

  51. Salvatore

    I went to Athens, too…. The Partheon is not done justice in any pictures I’ve taken, I’ll tell you that. But anyway, I went last summer before I saw your video and … I know what you mean, they REALLY don’t like dancing there… Go figure =P
    Wonder why?

  52. Bertrand (Namur, Belgium)

    Hello Matt,

    Last year I discovered your success when watching the Belgian television news, and I said to myself that you are a real nut.

    A couple of days ago I watched your movies completely at home, then I changed my opinion: the idea is not idiot, on the contrary it’s a tremendous learning experience, you’ll return later with a wealth of memories, I envy you.

    My favorite movies: the demilitarized zone in Korea (just near to the Korean soldier), in the rain shower in Montreal and with the natives in Papua New Guinea.

    Good job.

  53. J.O.

    Matt, Dude, where have you been? Rumor is you went over to the Microsoft Game Studios and holed up with Xbox4000 while an evil dough boy danced the world and is taking down kudos for it.

  54. Susanto Wong

    hi matt,
    m santo, from jakarta, indonesia. just watch ur video in ur web, so Cool… i got ur website from travel mate
    he adores u.. i knew why it is
    u make him work hard to accelerate his plan to travel around the world, and guess what.. he will start from south america in this sep. that’s really nice piece.. and ur friend garry compose really nice song to complete ur inspiring video become more proximity to ppl watch. i think i know my goal too, i want to make something too, something that will helps lots of ppl and i’ll do it in fun way. not a serious way, the world need more fun now.. cheers wish u luck

  55. Noriene Conway

    And so what does doughy matter, if true? You are handsome, and all the more so for your joy and your dancing.

    Remember that turtles have shells (often handsome) to hide their tender beings, and don’t be discouraged by their defense.

  56. Karla & Sterling

    Hi Matt,

    You bring such joy with your dance videos to so many!

    To give you some background before I go further, my son, Michael, was an exchange student to the country of Finland in his junior year of high school. When he returned from his year in Finland, we felt inspired to “pay it forward” and make our home available to an exchange student coming to the States. We we fortunate to have hosted a delightful young man, Lasse Noregaard, from Greenland two years ago in our home.

    Lasse came back to visit last week and attended the Traverse City Film Festival with us. Lasse’s question, as well as mine, is have you done a dance video in Greenland? Lasse will be leaving the States shortly to attend University in Copenhagen, Denmark, so our next question is whether you’ve done a dance video in Denmark? Lastly, I would be amiss if I didn’t ask if you’ve made a dance video in the country of Finland?

    Karla & Sterling
    Cadillac, Michigan

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