Reiyayru FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

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    • BigNiceJohn

      6 years ago

      Sorry you feel that way, but try and not let your feelings for one person affect a view of the event. There will be over 200 people there, all just looking to have fun, but if you wouldn't be comfortable, I do understand.

      • Reiyayru FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        6 years ago

        Thank you for understanding and who knows, by 2014 I may be able to fully get over these feelings and attend happily. But for right now it will be difficult, like I said Mak is a popular guy and almost everyone who has attended RVBTO knows and likes him and with him being one of the people to help with the event he will be in a lot of places. I have known Mak for a very long time. I once called him my best and closes friend, and can safely say I know a ton about him that no one would ever find out, I know him too well and while I do hope he has changed since I last spoke with him I hold little hope and am very afraid he will provoke a negative reaction from me at worst, or just make my experience soured at best, I attended RVBTO in 2011 where I did feel very uncomfortable and antsy. -sigh- I am sorry for these complaints about who I have no doubt is a good guy to you, I have never really talked about why I had just disappeared from the community and have always kept it to myself. Thank you John for listening to my little rant and allowing me to get some of this off my chest, I'm feeling a little refreshed :)

    • BigNiceJohn

      6 years ago

      First off, thank you for saying something. The reason we keep doing these events is because we care about the community as much as everyone else, and having an event in Toronto is a cornerstone of that, and, in 2014, we'll have been getting together here for 10 years.

      As you may be aware, most of us old guard RvBTO planners stepped down last year because marriages, babies, and mortgages end up taking up most of the time needed to get an event done properly and a new group took over, that group was RTO.

      From what I now know, the RTO group was plagued with strife and internal division from the beginning, and this lead to a very public announcement on Facebook the night I wrote the journal you commented on, firing Film_Geek and Mak without a chance to defend themselves, or even offering them a chance to resign quietly. For myself, I will not stand to see members of this community treating others so shittily, and, once Mak and Charlie decided to do an event in 2014 the proper way, I jumped at the chance to help those two.

      So yeah, something has gone wrong, but personally, I'm looking at it as a challenge, and to right the mistakes that were made, and represent the community (not to mention our city) in a proper light.

      Sorry this is so long, but I care too much about this event, and everyone who's ever attended even one to give a simple, short answer.

      We're getting something together, and it's the tenth anniversary of the first RvBTO in the summer of 2014... so join us,won't you? We will have an official thread in the future, and we'll be announcing dates very soon.

      • Reiyayru FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        6 years ago

        I am sorry to hear this has happened and thank you for replying and no need to be sorry for writing a long post, after all it shows your passion and feelings for our community. I am happy to hear that next year everyone will try and build something new and better and as much as I would love to attend, espeically seeing as the first RVBTO I went to you hosted along with Barbara and you both did a fantastic job, if the Mak you are talking about is Toku on the site then I will have to regretfully decline the invite. Mak and I have a...bad history with one another, enough that being within the same room with him would cause me a lot of negative feelings, and I do not wish to sour this awesome event with personal feelings nor be the cause of strife. Mak has become quite close the a lot of the community and I do not think I would be comfortable enough to be nearby. Betrayal cuts far too deep for me to be able to put aside my feelings to attend happily and I truly regret letting his actions drive me away from this fantastic community and stay away till recently. I wish you all the luck for next years event and I know that you all will making it amazing.

    • LuffyMugen

      8 years ago

      I totally remember you, and you guys gave a fantastic tour of the city :)

      I will be there next year for sure! :)

    • LuffyMugen

      8 years ago

      I has a Picture of you from the Friday Meet-up, Look at my journal...

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