TWELVE YEARS ON THE RT SITE
Ohhhh snap, yo. It's my RT Anniversary! (Community, not hire anniversary...)
Twelve years ago, that's 12 YEARS AGO, I had a crush on this guy in my 7th grade science class. He was super cute, liked playing video games, and had that super flippy emo haircut. At this time in my life, I also had dyed black hair and massive raccoon eyes so of course we were a match made in heaven.
This cutie patoodie introduced me to Halo, my first ever FPS, and it was alright. But hey, he was inviting me over to his house every day so we could play together so who was I to complain? A few weeks into this friendship, with me pining over his floppy hair, he was like, "Dude! I found this awesome video on the internet, I downloaded it earlier today, wanna watch it?"
Of course I was going to say yes, so thus we watched the very first episode of Red vs. Blue. (At this point in time, RT was already on season 3 or so, we had some catching up to do.) Shortly thereafter he introduced me to the company, RoosterTeeth.com, and the community on here. HELL NO - I never posted anything on the site, my account was even labeled Male with some made-up name and a profile picture of a shirtless Squall Leonhart from FF8.(Yes, this is the exact image.)
This boy and I never dated, but I kept watching RvB. I remember coming home from school, unplugging the phone cord from the landline in the house, plugging it into the computer and telling my dad that I'd be using internet for the next thirty minutes while I downloaded the latest episode - if the website had enough bandwidth at the time. (Remember, pre-YouTube days here!)
RvB and I were friends into high school. Starting picking up the RT Shorts at this time and the Drunk Tank/RT Podcast and a few other things... I still ingested the content, but since I was never an active participant on the site (and still labeled as male) I just lingered in the shadows, commented here and there, but watched stuff.
Fast-forward to now, many moons later, and here I am - a community manager of all you crazy people, with a profile picture of ME and marked as female. It's like I've grown up or something. (Wait, no, I have not grown up.)
So, to people I've been friends with for 12 years (there are a few of you) to the people I've been friends with for 12 minutes, or hours or days -- I love you all. You let me be weird and post recipe journal entries.
Thank you for my pre-teen years, friends! Here's to another 12 years - and many more! <3 <3