On Turning 30

Dear Carter,

Have you every heard of a mid-life crisis?  Man turns 50, realizes he is more than halfway through life, and buys that shiny new Corvette he always wanted.  Woman turns 50, realizes she is more than halfway through life, and gets a facelift to pursue that career in modeling she never made time.

As far as I can tell, a mid-life crisis is what happens when people are forced to face their mortality, maybe for the first time, and they reflect on their life up to this point and think, “This is it?  This is all my life is all about?”  Unhappy with what they see, they do something, stereotypically – something reckless, about it, therefore the new Corvette and the facelift.

I turned 30 in June.  I grew a mustache, raced my bike, and publicly released some rap music.  Quarter-life crises?  I don’t think so.  Just a little realignment after some inspiration from Henry David Thoreau:

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear…”

Living is too dear to wait until you turn 50 to figure out if “this is it.”  Because this is it dude.  Live it up!


Uncle Larry

#GRAPHIN: Stories of an AutoGRAPH Collector

Remember my friend, Chaz?  As kids we loved playing, watching, and dreaming about basketball.  We started collecting autographs of NBA players, writing letters to their teams with cards in the envelope.  20 years later, Chaz continues to collect autographs, mostly in person.

“Graphin'” is the action, event, or process of going to get autographs.  Usually in person, Chaz meets players at hotels, the practice facility, and at the arenas.   It includes a complex planning and organizational process that he continues to refine.  His devotion to his craft is impressive.

In the summer of 2013 we decided to begin another adventure, #GRAPHIN, a short documentary about Chaz and his autograph collecting.  Almost a year later, I am proud to present the finished product.  Please enjoy!

Vacation in Kauai

Dear Carter,

I went on my first ever vacation as an adult earlier this month!  Your Aunt Kourtney planned and made arrangements for us to spend almost 2 weeks on the Hawaiin island of Kauai.

I think you would love the food.  You can pick mangoes, avacodos, guava, and papaya straight off trees there!  I think you would love the animals.  I saw horses, turtles, frogs, and geckos!  And I know you would love the water.  Warm, blue, and fantastic, it is just like you see in postcards.

Hopefully one day when you grow up you can make it over there.  My advice for you is to get to know the people that live there and make sure that they know that you know just how lucky you are to be visiting in their paradise.

Love you!

Uncle Larry

PS I made this video because I appreciate what the locals have to put up with when people like me make a once-in-my-lifetime trip to a place that is so different from home.

Go Ducks!

Dear Carter,

I completed both my undergrad and graduate degrees in Eugene at the University of Oregon.  Most of the Martin side of our family are die-hard Duck fans.  So if I had to guess, I’d put my money on you growing up a Duck.  Here are some tips I’ve learned so you know what to do when you are old enough.

Go to Duck football games, especially big games.  Double-especially if you have to camp out to get a ticket.  Bring unopened food and drinks into the stadium with you so you don’t spend $7 for a hot dog.  Give high fives to all people immediately next to, in front of, and/or behind you after big plays.  Yell “Oooooooooh!” when we are on defense (not offense).  Yell louder on 3rd downs.  Last but not least, bring good people with you so share the experience that is Autzen stadium.

Here is a video I put together from Saturday’s Duck game versus Nicholls State.  My “good people” on this occasion were Alejandro, Vas, and Jeremiah from IKE.  Good company and a good win, a lovely day!  Go Ducks!


Uncle Larry