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    • Two Years in the Rally

      1 year ago

      AmericanSneakers

      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. 


      <3

      Mel 

    • A Note of Appreciation

      1 year ago

      AmericanSneakers

      I don't think I ever say enough just how much I appreciate the rest of the Pit Crew. At the end of the day I'd like to think that along with being a team, we're a family. We've grown and shrunk over the last year and some change. What started as essentially Noble, eventually grew to include Becky, Taylor, Abby, myself, Meghann, Cobble, Dan, Travis, and Fabled all making sure things run smoothly for Jeremy's stream and his discord. 


      Things aren't always perfect. Sometimes we screw up. Sometimes we all are stressed out because of a problem just ballooning. But at the end of the day, we're a team. And I appreciate the hell out of everyone on that team. And I appreciate the hell out of the community we look after, because they make everything worth it. 

    • About Community

      1 year ago

      AmericanSneakers

      So, this has become a bit of an open letter with me rambling about community, specifically the RT community. 


      I came into the RT community the summer of 2015. Rooster Teeth had been on my radar for some time. From Michael's latte video to seeing RWBY pretty much everywhere on tumblr, in part because I followed Mica's tumblr. In the last two and a half years, I've gone through a lot personally. And I feel I can say that the friends I've made because of Rooster Teeth are a big part of why those struggles didn't seem so scary. 


      When I started watching Dylan Luna and his friend Taylor stream, I never thought I end up with a group of friends who have supported me through some of the toughest things I've faced, from my grandmother's cancer (which thankfully was found early) to my struggle with anxiety early last year and the recent things that have been going on in my life. While a lot has changed since then, the friends I've made have been an incredible support. And how did we all end up there? A lot of us ended up there because of Miles promoting his brother's stream, which is how Rooster Teeth ties in. 


      Then comes Jeremy's streams. It's there that I've found a family in the community. We may be slightly dysfunctional at times, but at the end of the day, the friends I've made there are some of my best friends. I met my boyfriend through Jeremy's stream community. My incredibly patient and supportive boyfriend who has been a pillar of love and support. A group of friends who have also seen me at lows, who have helped me pick myself back up again. Even the community has helped me when I've been struggling, even when they have no idea I'm struggling or that I'm going through something. Because most times, it's only the other mods in Jeremy's community who know when something is up.


      It's like a small family within a bigger family. I guess the proper analogy would be like the mod squad is the immediate family, along with a couple community members I'm close with and then the rest of the community is like a huge extended family who I have fun with, who can make the day a bit brighter without even realizing it, be it someone sharing a funny anecdote during a Pit Stop or someone just sending cute animal photos in one of the chats. It's the little things that come with being part of this small segment of the larger RT community that make things easier. The Rally is a place where all are welcome and we do our best to make sure it stays that way, a place where people can find a bright spot in their day, where they can go and know that if something is bothering them, someone will be there to talk to, whether it's about the thing bothering them or just someone to talk to about anything that gets their mind off the thing troubling them.


      Streams in general are a bright spot for me. When I'm not a Jeremy's stream you'll probably find me on Mixer talking in Mary's (SailorTweek) (I'm also not tagging so I don't give her another notification in the midst of all the RTX stuff!) stream. If you haven't been to one of her streams, I highly recommend it because it's super chill and always a positive place to be. Mary is awesome is the tl;dr and so are her streams. You'll probably also find me lurking in Jenn's (LoZelda) chat from time to time as well. Because again, it's such a positive place and I like filling my free time with positivity, especially when I'm not feeling 100%. I'll also lurk in  Jack's chat from time to time, particularly when he does Lego builds because those are oddly calming, especially for my anxiety. What this all comes down to is community, in a way, because it contributes to the positive vibe. If people in a chat are constantly being downers, then it becomes a drain to participate. And like I said, I like filling my free time with good vibes. 


      Obviously, RT content factors heavily into my online content. But the last couple weeks, the live podcasts have worked their way back in because of a feature on the beta site, which is the chat function. Getting to chat with other community members in real time, on the RT site, has been such a delight. My favorite thing about the community is interacting with others. It's been interesting to see where some of the people from that chat pop up. I've seen a couple people from the RT site pop up in Jeremy's stream chat, which has been nice because for the first time instead of meeting someone in Jeremy's stream and then finding them on the site, I talked to someone on the site and then saw their username pop up in a Twitch stream. It's just nice to have that interaction be native to the site instead of scattered across Twitter, Reddit, and Discord.


      What brought on this long rambling open letter was what's been going on this week. This week we found out my dad has cancer. We're lucky because they caught it early. That doesn't make it any less difficult because it's still scary. He came home from the hospital today. And all of these things that come down to this community and the people that make it up have made this week so much easier to get through. Because I knew I had people to talk to. People who are part of this crazy, huge family we call the Rooster Teeth community. And I am so thankful for them, and for this community. 


      You know how it goes. You came for the content, but you stuck around for the people. 


    • LoveLoveLove

      1 year ago

      AmericanSneakers

      I can't say enough how much I appreciate the friends I've made in the RT community. Days like today remind me of how amazing they all are 

    • Top 10 Memories of 2017

      1 year ago

      AmericanSneakers

      Since I'm going to be out of the country without my laptop for New Year's I'm knocking my Top 10 Memories of 2017 post out now. 


      10. Meeting NobleLance in person at Let's Play Live. I finally got to meet Noble at Let's Play Live. We live in the same state and it was still only the first time we met. Noble's awesome and it was so nice to finally meet him.


      9. Let's Play Live Newark was awesome. It was the first time my brother saw anything related to RT. While he's vowed never again, he does still talk about it. It was nice to get to spend time with my older brother and share something with him that I enjoy, even if he doesn't quite understand it. 


      8. RTX 2017- now, this is a little lower on the list, but a lot of my top 10 memories come from it. This is focusing on the event itself. A few of us were running around the convention getting as many photos and signatures as possible for our friend Noble, who couldn't make it. Honestly, if it weren't for doing that, I probably wouldn't have met as many people because I'm a shy bean sometimes. Despite the hiccups with metal detectors and such, I had an incredible time. It was my second year going, first as VIP and the experience was everything I could have wanted. 


      7. Meeting DemonSpock, WalkingSaints, M3gaShiny, Cobbleopolis, and other community members from DooleyNotedGaming for the first time. The Rally is my favorite part of the wider RT community. In my totally unbiased opinion, the Rally is home to the sweetest, kindest, and most awesome people in the community. We have our moments, but at the end of the day, that segment of the community is the place I call home when it comes to the wider community. 


      6. Seeing Kelsey, Laurel, and Rachel again. These three are among the first friends I made in the community. While we didn't have our entire group and I was constantly on the go, it was nice to see them and have time to catch up even just a little. We're all super busy these days with school and life in general. Getting to see them again is a highlight for sure, and I can't wait until I can hang out with my friends again, whenever that may be.


      5. DooleyNotedGaming Mod Party. This is in the middle of my list. It's probably one of the top highlights of RTX for me. The mod party was so much fun. We spent most of the time playing Jackbox and my favorite memory is playing Fakin' It. Why, you ask? Because when I was the faker, the prompt was "point to the person who last kissed someone". I believe I pointed at either Becky or Jeremy. Everyone else in the room pointed at me. I feel I should point out, I was sitting right next to my boyfriend. The prompt combined with everyone's reactions had me cracking up. My other favorite part of the mod party was meeting the Dooley cats, Scooter, Booker, and Zipper. Their cats are sweethearts (and Booker's not that fat!). The Dooleys were incredibly kind to have us all over for pizza and games. It was a fun time with good friends and a perfect way to end the weekend. 


      4. Meeting Imperacis (Liam) for the first time in person. I was standing in the lobby of the Hilton, waiting for him to get there with our friends. I heard my name, turned around, hugged him, and then kissed him. We met through the Rally and hit it off and saw no reason not to go for it. We've been together for almost a year now. He originally planned to surprise me at RTX but there's one little thing about me. I don't like huge surprises. It worked out in the end. I was happy to be spending time with him, holding his hand, and doing to cutesy couple stuff we don't usually get to do. 


      3. Finishing college! As of December 8th, I'm done with college. It's a weird feeling, knowing that the next step is finding a job. Four and a half years of hard work and now I'm here. It's terrifying and exciting all at the same time. Jobs in my area are actually opening up which if they could wait a couple more weeks, that would be fantastic. 


      2. Starting to date Liam. I have never been happier. That February night led to something so much more. I don't have much to say here. He's everything I could have ever hoped for and more. And it's because RT exists and Jeremy streams that we even met. Which is insane to me, because without either of those things, who knows if our paths would have ever crossed. 


      1. My brother got married! While I didn't stay for the entire reception because I was tired and didn't feel well, seeing my brother get married is my number one memory of the year. I was part of the wedding, and cried walking down the aisle. The one thing I'm thankful for is it was a church wedding which meant the bridesmaids were in the pews instead of standing next to the bride. I am an emotional person. It was a mix of the happiness for them and the bittersweet realization that wow, my brother is married and he's not going to be at home anymore and this is weird because I've never known a time without my brother living at home in my 22 years of life. I'm so happy for him and his wife. The wedding was beautiful and so was the reception. 


      And there it is, my Top 10 Memories of 2017. While there may be days where everything seems awful, taking time to take stock of the good things that have happened is an important thing to do. A glimmer of light on the days where you just can't seem to find any. 

    • Is this what post-college life is like?

      1 year ago

      AmericanSneakers

      I've been at a loss of what to do the last few days in between searching for jobs and playing some Skyrim. As I found yesterday, my classmates aren't much better. We finished our semester last Friday and had a meeting to attend yesterday as a celebration of finishing our program. 


      While I'm excited to be done, there's also the feeling of nervousness and a slight fear about the next step, finding a job. The last week has been a mix of sleeping, catching up on content, searching for jobs, cleaning, playing games, and catching up with friends. It's still setting in that I am, in fact, done with college. 


      For now, all I have to be concerned about is preparing for my trip to Ireland and making sure my resume is up to date. But when I come back, it's going to be time to get serious about the job search. 

    • Whoaaa We're Halfway There

      1 year ago

      AmericanSneakers

      I'm halfway through my last semester of college and it feels weird knowing that after this semester I'm done with college for now, until/unless I pursue my Master's degree. 

    • A Year in the Rally

      2 years ago

      AmericanSneakers

      It's a month early, but I'm writing this now...to be posted on April 11, which is resub day for the first year of resubs, or the 12th which is when the stream with the resubs is scheduled to happen. So, a year ago-ish, Jeremy started streaming. And deciding to watch his stream was one of the best decisions I ever made. Because through his stream, I have made some incredible friends and honestly, I wouldn't change it for the world.


      I remember one of the first streams. The website puns in chat were hilarious. I met DemonSpock and WalkingSaints. ArtemisSwan, AbbyNo, and NobleLance. I was leaving work and in an unusual move, I kept up with chat on my phone (for the record I was not the one driving!). I hoard my data and use it selectively on apps that don't use that much when I'm out and about. But Jeremy's streams and his chat were too much fun to not keep up with. Along the way, ElrondKing joined the fray. By July, Noble, Demon, Abby, Artemis, and Saints were modded. By October, Elrond and I joined the mix. (And we recently welcomed a Junior Mod to the mix, Thilm). I remember Becky taking the task of recording all the subs upon herself because early on, we were all about the sub numbers. (I was number 7, thank you very much, which happens to by my lucky number). 


      Things may not always be perfect, but I'm incredibly happy to volunteer my time alongside these people. To yell when Jeremy decides that chat totally isn't going to win when he sets the collective goal of 10k bits to a shot (spoiler alert, J, they'll win. They will always win). To collectively face palm when he mixes Taylor (WalkingSaints) up with another mod (though he's gotten better about it). To laugh hysterically mid-meeting when Jeremy discovered emotes or when we inevitably derail. It's taken me a while to be comfortable in my role. It's taken me a while to even be comfortable when we have our mod meetings. But over the last almost six months, I've grown more comfortable in that role. And it's in part due to the rest of the mod team. We might not always be perfect, but no one is. We're human...Beep boop beep beep bop. Uh...sorry about that. 


      As far as the chat in general goes, there are far too many people to name. People have come and gone. Some have stuck around for the last year and have become friends. But they make the streams more enjoyable. From this fucking moose to cheering for or against Rimmy Tim on stream, chat has created some great memories over the last year. There are days where chat has me doubled over in laughter because of a joke someone made. Because yes, I really am a twelve year old at heart. I look forward to the streams because of the chat. Because for the most part, J's chat is one of the chillest places on Twitch. 


      So, this is the part of this open letter where I go on and on about stuff. If you had told me a year ago that by this time in 2017 I would have played through GTA V CEO Missions with Jeremy, I'd have laughed. For one, I didn't have an Xbox. Two, when in the hell would I ever be in the position to play anything with Jeremy on stream? I began watching AH and RT late in the game. And it was because in the summer of 2015 I was bored at work because no one wants to go to the batting cages when it's nice outside during the summer. I binged Minecraft and GTA as if the videos would be gone the next day. When Jeremy moved to the main room, I was happy because I enjoyed videos that he was in and that meant more content with Jeremy in it. Now, this next part is the part where I'm going to get sappy...as if I haven't already. 


      Because Jeremy Dooley is without a doubt one of the kindest people I have ever ...er...would the proper term be met? Spoken to? I don't know, the Internet is weird man. And Kat is equally as sweet and as kind.  They deal with sassy mods. They both give up some of their time to talk to said mods on a biweekly basis. Jeremy must have some god-level patience, lemme tell you, because sometimes, the mods can be pretty sassy, as I've said. We can be quite yelly. And by we, I totally mean Becky. Becky is the yelly mod. Jeremy's chat can be sassy as hell too. His streams have gotten me through a difficult and tumultuous year. They are, without a doubt, the highlight of my week each week. Whether it's Borderlands or GTA or the chat playing Jackbox, the streams are a nice break from everything else going on.They let me put life on pause for a while and take a break. Over the last six months, as if Jeremy wasn't already my favorite Achievement Hunter, he's pretty much cemented the fact that he is my favorite Achievement Hunter, and probably my favorite person who we see in RT content. But beyond that, he is a genuinely kind person. And this long as hell journal has led to this point where I'm just all out sappy because its been a year.


      Because of Jeremy Dooley I have made some incredible friends. There are a lot of things that would be different for me right now if Jeremy never decided to stream, and that's kind of a terrifying thought. So this is my thank you to Jeremy. For a year of streaming, for being a big part of why I've made some of the friends I've made, and for just being an all-around good person. Hell, I probably wouldn’t be going to Let’s Play Live in Jersey if it wasn’t for his streams, because I wouldn’t really know anyone going. But through his streams, I do. So, to conclude this long open letter, thank you, Jeremy, for doing what you do and for being an all-around great person.


      Here's looking at you, kid.

      -Mel aka AmericanSneakers aka Not-Taylor 


      P.S: This is a specific shout out to our Pit Crew. I have never been more happy to be part of such an incredible group of people. You guys are supportive. You guys listen when there are rantings to be had and raves to be written. And I am beyond grateful to be part of this team <3 We might not always agree on things, but at the end of the day, I wouldn't trade the team we've got. Not for a second. Because when push comes to shove, we have each other's backs. And can derail a conversation in .5 seconds which results in Becky yelling "I'm trying to run a meeting here" or some equivalent. 

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    • Fly Away

      2 years ago

      AmericanSneakers

      I'm trying to be more active over here. And a song came on this morning that gave me the perfect opportunity.


      My final semester in college is rapidly approaching. Because I added to my degree, I'm scheduled to finish in the fall. Anyone who knows me knows I listen to a lot of country music. I pretty much grew up listening to it. I blame it on the North Carolina roots of my dad's side of the family. Before my grandpa was born, that side of my family was all in North Carolina. Anyway. That tangent aside, I've started to come to terms with the fact that yes, the "real world" is knocking on the door and it's getting kind of impatient. I am too.


      I started college out of state. I didn't like the school, or rather the environment the people at the school created, so I transferred closer to home. My parents insist it's because I was homesick, but it wasn't that. Because since I've been home, which is 3 years now, I've wanted nothing more than to leave this state. My dad is insistent that after graduation I should work at a specific place because it would open an avenue to loan forgiveness. The catch? You have to work there for 5 years. By that point I'll be 28. Assuming I work there that long, I'll have a life established here. Which is the last thing I want. I don't want to be stuck in the same 2.2 square mile town for the rest of my life. I don't want to be stuck here. Which is where this Sugarland song comes in. 


      It opens with the lines "I swear this town gets smaller every day. And I'm waiting for my chance, I'm gonna break away. I'm so sick and tired of being told what's good for me. People got lots of ideas of who I'm supposed to be". And that sums up a lot of how I feel. I don't know where I want to go, but it isn't here. Maybe it's Pittsburgh, or Austin, or some other city I've yet to visit and fall in love with. I don't even know if I still want to follow the same career path I've set out to follow. Which...you know being one semester from graduating isn't necessarily the best thing in the world. 


      No one in my immediate family has ever really lived out of state away from the rest of the family. I've had extended family members who moved away. Some moved back. Some didn't. And that might be part of why they don't get why I don't want to stay here. I've had a taste of what that freedom is like. I've had a taste of what life outside this town, this state is like and I like it a heck of a lot more than here. It's not that I want to leave and never come back. I just want to leave and see what else is out there and the world that exists outside of here. The real world might be knocking on my door, and I'm ready to open that door with arms wide open. But I'm also knocking on the door of adventure and carving my own path, not the one that is expected of me.

    • The Little Things

      2 years ago

      AmericanSneakers

      Life has it's ups and downs, and lately its seemed like there's been more downs then ups. But I got a message from a friend was exactly what I needed right at this moment. Things have been busy lately between school and work and there's just been a lot going on personally, that getting that message was just what I needed right now. It's those little things that can make a day so much better.

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