Every year, I have the wonderful opportunity to get to know many new people. But even though I get to meet these new people, it’s the ones that stick around that make a difference in the end. With the constant flux of people in and out of my life, it tends to get difficult to find a sense of consistency in my life.
This past year was marked with strong friendships. These two people are the ones who I look forward to talking to each and everyday. Not because they are fun to talk to or have great stories, but because they care. They’re the ones I can tell anything to and not be afraid of being judged. They’re the ones who listen with a warm heart and have so much I can learn from.
The first person of 2013 is my promoter buddy Aaron Ma. It’s funny how he and I became friends. We met at an event, and like any eager promoter first starting off at a company, I added him on Facebook, much like the other staff. What’s funny is I actually got him confused with another promoter I met (actually my promoter big bro) and began chatting with Aaron about a topic the other promoter and I were talking about. Despite his initial confusion, that lead to us chatting for the rest of the day, and everyday for almost a year and a half.
What’s funny is at first, we only saw each other at events and at the occasional party I hosted. But slowly, but surely, those weekly events turned into twice a week. And those twice a week events turned into long trips. And fuck, we even went to Atlanta together. I asked him one day, “wanna go to Tomorrow World?” and not even a second passed by, he said “down”. That’s the mark of a true friend.
I’ve never had a friend in my life who was always so down. It always took me many chances to try and find someone to do something. But no matter what it was, this guy was there for me. I’m so happy to say I was able to share so many experiences with him.
It’s not only the fact that he shares many experiences with me; it’s that he also shares his wisdom with me. He’s lived a good amount of life and has so many experiences down his belt, despite only being a year older than me. And yet, he’s always willing to share what he knows in hopes of bettering my own life. Not to mention it’s not in a preechy way. It’s more so in a caring and understanding way.
And that’s the other quality that keeps me wanting to be around him. It’s his understanding. By far, the patience Aaron exhibits is rarely matched by anyone.
Because of this, I want to say Aaron’s the best friend I’ve ever had. I’ve never felt so cared for and thought of. My only wish is that I can reciprocate that back to him.
Now, my other person of the year is kind of a surprise. Her name is Sarah La. It’s funny how we met. About two years ago, I was out at Sutra watching Cosmic Gate with Oscar and being inebriated, I was meeting new people. One of these people ended up being Sarah.
To be honest, I don’t remember meeting her, but our friendship began when she added me on Facebook. From there, we chatted on and off, and even hung out a time or two. But differences in lives and locations really prevented our friendship from fostering.
Well, as you may or may not know, I tend to do a bit of chatting on Facebook since the work day’s pretty long and boring. When Sarah graduated from college, I noticed her being online often.
Our conversations were always interesting, so I figured why not add her to the chat bunch. Usually when I chat with someone, it’s maybe once a week at best (save for my daily regiment of chatlogs). However, these once a weeks began being more and more consistent, to the point where I chat with her daily, much like with Aaron.
To be honest, everything I said about Aaron, I want to say about Sarah. That warmth, that love, that understanding that goes unmatched is what keeps me thinking that I am cared about.
I know it’s a cop out, but there really isn’t much more I can say about Sarah that I hadn’t already said about Aaron.
What is interesting is how I was able to integrate the both of them into my own daily life. Instead of chatting with them individually, after I introduced the two of them together, we began chatting together as a group. As worlds collided, I could only think of how happy I was that I had two great people not only in my life, but in each other’s lives as well.
They may not be bff’s yet, and I guess I don’t expect them to, but the fact that they get to experience each other is more than enough for me.
I’m so happy that I met these two people in my lives. They mean the world to me. Hell, they even spent the entire day with me on my birthday. I can’t thank them enough for always being there for me day in and day out.
Thank you SARS. My own people of the year.
02/01 - Porter Robinson (Palladium, Los Angeles)
02/22 - Chris Lake (Surrender, Las Vegas)
02/23 - John Dahlback (XS, Las Vegas)
03/01 - Tritonal (Exchange LA)
03/02 - Porter Robinson, Audien, M the Machine (Heat, UC Riverside)
03/09 - Swedish House Mafia [ft. Alesso, Zedd] (Masquerade Motel, LA)
03/16 - Beyond Wonderland (San Manuel Ampitheater, San Bernardino)
03/22 - ATB (Exchange LA) —- last mintue decision @_@
03/23 - Porter Robinson (Sutra, Orange County)
03/23 - Jochen Miller (Exchange LA)
03/28 - MS54 (Sutra, Orange County)
04/04 - Gareth Emery (Sutra, Orange County)
04/05 - A-TRAK (Lure, Hollywood)
04/12 - Calvin Harris and Zedd (AMPlify, Palladium, Los Angeles)
04/19 - Hardwell (Hakkasan, Las Vegas)
04/20 - Hardwell (Wet Republic, Las Vegas)
04/20 - Bingo Players (Hakkasan, Las Vegas)
04/26 - W&W (Exchange LA)
04/27 - Porter Robinson (Matador Music Festival, Santa Barbara)
05/03 - Armin van Buuren (Palladium, Los Angeles)
05/11 - Dash Berlin (Vanguard, Los Angeles)
05/16 - Above & Beyond (XS, Las Vegas)
05/17 - Benny Benassi (Marquee Day Club, Las Vegas)
05/17 - Kaskade (Marquee Night Club, Las Vegas)
05/22 - W&W (Sutra, Orange County)
05/23 - Hard Rock Sofa (Lure, Hollywood)
06/16 - Nicky Romero (Sutra, Orange County)
06/21-06/23 - Electric Daisy Carnival (Las Vegas Motor Spedway)
06/23 - Krewella (Daylight, Las Vegas)
07/05-07/07 - Badlands Stampede Music Festival (Calgary, AB, Canada)
08/01 - Dada Life (Sutra, Orange County)
08/04 - Hard Summer (LA State Historic Park, Los Angeles, CA)
08/11 - Hardwell (Palladium, Los Angeles)
08/19 - W&W (Sutra, Orange County)
09/27-09/30 - Tomorrow World (Atlanta, GA)
10/12 - Above & Beyond Acoustic (Greek Theater, Los Angeles)
10/19 - Kaskade (The Shrine, Los Angeles)
10/24 – Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike (Lure, Hollywood)
10/25 – Dada Life (Sports Arena, San Diego)
10/26 – Escape from Wonderland (San Manuel Amphitheater, San Bernardino, CA)
10/31 – Myon & Shane 54 (Exchange LA)
11/02-11/03 - Hard Day of the Dead (LA State Historic Park, Los Angeles)
11/22 – Alesso (The Shrine)
12/13 – Dillon Francis (Surrender, Las Vegas)
12/28 – Dillon Francis (The Fonda Theater, Los Angeles)
12/29 - NERVO (Yost, Santa Ana, CA)