Jan 252015


Ahhhhh, another new year. A blur of champagne and board games recently brought 2014 to a close in my life. Wait? That was three weeks ago already? I’ve had “UPDATE BLOG DIPSHIT” on my list for that long? Hot damn. Uhhh, okay.

So it’s 2015 now and that’s exciting. Shit it’s almost February. Also that means that I am 22 years old now. A real life Taylor Swift song. Is a quarter life crisis a thing?

Generally I am not a fan of New Years resolutions. I feel like they are fully and focus on things that you really don’t want to change, but in an idealistic world would. With that being said last year I made myself a promise that I was going to review every place I ate on Yelp. I had the goal of building a large profile with good reviews that I could use on a Yelp Elite application for 2015. Just the other day I got my Yelp elite status. I was super happy. Not just for the perks, because lets face it free 5 star food and networking is lovely (my first event yesterday in Venice was the bee’s knees). But the feeling that I committed to doing something, watched it pan out, and reaped reward was staler. It felt good to do that over a year.

Coming into 2015 I thought I would focus on another writing goal. I want to go back to being more involved in the eSports reddit community. Right now that means a high level of focus on the dota2 subreddit since I am already a moderator. I want to create good community content on a consistent basis which I can be accountable for, just like the Yelp reviews. This is going to require even more of a schedule to be kept, as I decided that I would be starting a weekly subreddit review article that encapsulates….everything. I am calling it “The Glimpse” because it is a short glimpse of what happened this week, but also the disruptor spell that sends people back. I thought it was clever. Week 1 got some great support so I am excited to grow it.

I will be cross posting all of those here if for nothing else than to make more content for this home. Because while I am focusing on The Glimpse, I still want to put more things here than I did the last two years. My food stuff goes on yelp, my Dota stuff goes on reddit, and I cant go to the same number of events (because they’re not really happening) anymore to report on. So I will be pushing some content up here if for nothing else to practice writing and make myself happy.

The thing that is stopping me the most now…UCLA. I fucking love UCLA. I am starting my second quarter as a transfer and I really am just in love with everything here. The people, the location, the life, the food, the opportunity. It’s wonderful and everything I could have asked for when transferring to a UC. I am so happy that I am here. I really expected to have more free time. More time to grind my MMR and do frivolous things. Turns out that I really want to be more active in the community which takes getting my body around to places and joining new groups.

The two major student organizations I am apart of is UCLARADIO.com and most recently the Daily Bruin. Both media stuff which I enjoy, and as a communications major, can be good practice for future work related things? At least that’s what I’m thinking. While I am involved with a bunch of other smaller things, I am really focusing on those two. One which requires radio so I can live out my Howard Stern fantasy. The other writing. Which I am doing here, on reddit, and on yelp. Patrice makes perfect.

In fact, I am writing this blog in preparation to start my second incarnation of Loose Leafs, as that will be the title of my UCLARADIO show Saturdays at 5om (Through April 2015). Who knows where that is going, but I am living my college radio Stern/Carolla/Jillette/Podcast fantasy right now. So tune in? I want the show to take an interview format, but right now we will be starting easy with some music heavy programming. I’ll probably post playlists and recaps to the blog also. GET HYPE.

So look forward to Loose Leafs the radio show. Look forward to The Glimpse. Look forward to my 2014 TV year in review, Winter 15 TV preview, and reviews of books, games, and whatever else I feel like in the neat future. I’m actually doing this thing. Thanks to yelp I guess for the self-realization.