So on today, the original subscribers to Jeremy's stream will hit the twenty-four month subscriber milestone. Two years. It's been insane to see how the community has grown and changed in that time, how I've grown and changed. If this seems like a jumbled mess, I apologize, but sometimes it's hard to put into words how much I appreciate the little community that exists because of Jeremy's streams.
Thanks to Becky aka DemonSpock keeping track of the subs, I know that I was subscriber number 7. 7 is one of my lucky numbers. Over the last two years I have made some amazing friends because of Jeremy's stream, some of my best friends. Friends who have seen me through the highs and lows of the last two years. In October of 2016 I became a mod for Jeremy's stream. Shortly after, we found out my grandmother had cancer (thankfully, caught early and she's healthy and cancer free). My friends on the mod squad supported me through that. My friends in the community saw me through that, even though they didn't really know what was going on. At the start of the year. once again, I found myself relying on my friends, the squad who has become like a family, when we found out through a series of events that my dad had cancer. Once again, it was early detection and we're cautiously optimistic that he'll be fine in the long run. I found support in the community, a place where I can forget about the bullshit going on in the day to day just for a bit. The Rally is a place where I know I can find support when I need it, a shoulder to cry on, a listening ear when I just need to get something off my chest.
Jeremy's streams have also led to perhaps some of my greatest memories. I met my boyfriend through Jeremy's community. Liam is my best friend. My biggest supporter. And I don't think I can highlight enough just how grateful I am that I have him in my life. It's weird to think that without Jeremy's stream, we probably wouldn't have met, or if we did, we might not be together. We're long distance, but it's worth it. Tracing our relationship back to the fact that Jeremy's stream is why we met and then all the things that have happened since we got together, like meeting up at RTX, me flying to Ireland to visit him, and just so much stuff, I have to say that if there's one thing to thank Jeremy for, it's deciding to stream because of how it's changed my life through the relationships I've formed with others.
Jeremy is one of the kindest people I've have ever met. He's incredibly passionate about the things he loves and incredibly patient. I say incredibly patient because he has to deal with ten of the loudest, saltiest people in the Rally on a regular basis. While none of us come close to Becky in terms of salt, we can all be incredible salty and sassy. If there's one thing I can say with 100% confidence it's that Jeremy is an incredible person. He and Kat are both incredibly kind. Speaking of Kat, she's also an awesome person who, again, is one of the sweetest, kindest people I have ever met. Kat did the AH escape room with a group of mods and some of our friends at RTX 2017. She waited on line with us for some time. We failed at the escape room but we were distracted by Jeremy as Rimmy Tim. Also, one of our locks was backwards, so really, we never had a chance. I can't say enough about how awesome both Dooleys are. They've done more than they ever needed to for the mod squad be it being at meetings or things they've done in general. And I think I can speak for us all when I say we appreciate everything they do (even when we're being salty).
Being part of this community has been an incredible experience. Being able to find ways for the community to do things together or just be updated on stuff is also something I love. In the last year, I've started our monthly newsletter, which, while I know most people don't read it, was one of our ways of keeping the community in the loop after we heard feed back that they wanted us to bridge the gap more. I took over our monthly community meeting, known as a Pit Stop, after the departure of another mod and that's become something I look forward to each month, be it just putting the agenda together or finding ways to change it up a bit. The community makes doing things like this enjoyable and worth it. I like the community side of things, listening to the needs and concerns of the community, bringing new ideas to the table in response to those things. Which is why we have a community calendar now, why we launched a revamped feedback form for everything from complaints to suggestions and ideas for Extra Life (which, speaking of Extra Life, we're running our own team this year and getting started early. You can join the team here: >https://bit.ly/2BNO77q and you can see our stretch goals here: >https://bit.ly/2q6ORk9 ) Extra Life has become a bit of my pet project for the Rally this year. Last year was the Year of the Newsletter. This year is the Year of Extra Life. We've already hit a couple of our goals thanks to the community.
The Rally is a positive place, our own little slice of the wider RT community. I'm proud to be part of this community and proud to be a mod for it. The community is full of such amazing people. We have so many generous individuals in the Rally, be it they gift subs or extend help to a friend in need, offer support when someone is having a bad day. It's been interesting to see how some community members have changed, in a good way, over the last couple years. Within the community, Liam, Amerimitch (aka Mitch), Grif, Andrew, PK, Nyx, Toaster, and so many others have become friends. The community wouldn't be the same without these people and many others who we see in the Rally daily. Our Rally might not be perfect, but nothing ever is. Sometimes there's conflict, but it gets resolved. We want the Rally to always be a place of positivity and where people feel supported and I think we do a pretty good job of keeping it that way to the best of our abilities. A lot of that comes down to the community.
If I were to go into detail about specific mods or community members, we'd be here all night. Becky, Noble, Taylor, Abby, Meghann, Dan, Cobble, Travis, and Fabled are some amazing people and I'm so happy to be part of a team with them. It's hard to find a team that not only works well together but also gets along outside of streams. This is an amazing group that I wouldn't trade for anything. They have become some of my best friends. We might not always agree on things, but we talk it out. We're not perfect, but no one ever asked us to be. Sometimes we make mistakes, be it individually or as a group, but we own up to it, talk about it, and do better next time. Our group dynamic would not be the same without any of these people. And I appreciate each of them a great deal.
I guess what I'm trying to say is thanks. Thank you Jeremy. Thank you Kat. Thank you to the community, and thank you to the rest of the mods. Y'all make the Rally a place I want to be. Keep being awesome.