First, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanza, Happy Festivus, and anything else! I hope you had a great one!
Second, I just noticed I missed my on site birthday which was December 11th. Ten years ago I joined the site after watching for months first. Wow. A whole decade that RT has been a part of my life... That is pretty significant, at least to me.
A lot has changed in 10 years-for instance, when I was 16 I had no facial hair but I now have a full beard and sick handle bar mustache. I've graduated high school, gone to community college, graduated with my Associates there, transferred to another college, made some life long friends, graduated with my Bachelor's there, worked as a camp counselor and program staff at the greatest camp in the world, made friends there who are as close as brothers. I met my (now) soon to be wife-even though she was dating one of my close friends then-and began a relationship with her after I had graduated the college we had been at. My brother started high school, graduated, and has moved on to other things. My sister is graduating high school this year. I lost my Grandma to heart failure, almost lost my Pap due to other issues, and saw my great uncle pass on. I lost my cat, but have gained three dogs, one of whom is buried under a blanket at my feet right now. I've watched friends come and go. I've grown myself, and learning skills I never thought I would know. I've become Wilderness First Responder Certified. I became a youth group leader and have watch my group of guys strengthen and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. I went on three mission trips to Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, leading the youth kids while there. I've traveled and seen some amazingly beautiful places. I have camped on the banks of the Rideau River, couch surfed around campus, completed multiple 50 mile canoe trips down the Allegheny River, and more. I've been a ropes course facilitator, Sportsworks presenter, apartment cleaning and maintenance, pharmacy clerk, janitor, lot attendant, comic artist, writer, computer programmer, and more. Now I am preparing for my greatest task, becoming a husband. The Lord has been good to me, and I strive to follow Him and give Him all of the glory in everything I do.
Through this whole decade RT has been apart of it. I remember the first RTX, the first Extra Life Stream, the premier of the RWBY Red Trailer, the loss of Monty, when Church turned out to be an AI, the first Gauntlet, Nature Town, the premier of the Drunk Tank, the inklings of the Lazer Team idea, and Adam and Joel's How To's. I remember all of the studio moves from the Congress office and beyond. I've grown up with RT. I don't watch TV except for a few shows (who doesn't love M*A*S*H?), and watch a few show on other streaming services, but largely RT is where I come for my entertainment. RT shows are my favorite shows (especially when I can identify with David from Camp Camp so much). RT, you've have been a constant in my life through a lot of changes, making me laugh when I'm down, putting a smile on my face when I couldn't myself.
RT, you, my family, and God have been the three constants in my life over the past ten years.
And I'm looking forward finding out what the next 10 years bring. Merry Christmas, and here's to many more.
Oh, and have a Happy New Year's!