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RTX 2014 RecapRTX was an incredible weekend yet again. It's crazy to think that every year I seem to have even more fun than the last, something I didn't think possible! Hopefully I can prepare my body for the level of awesome for next year!

Before I give my recap, I'd like to give a big thanks to my PA for the weekend, @starkidjones who made everything so much better for me during RTX. Without her I'd probably died from dehydration or starvation so thanks for keeping me alive. Also, thanks for putting up with me and my shenanigans, especially my selfie requirement (she had to take a selfie every time she took a picture of me and someone from the community).

This recap will be brought to you in bullet form!

Thursday, July 3rd
-Hosted Ultimate Frisbee at Zilker Park from 5-7. Over 80 people showed up and it was awesome. Shoutout to the storm!
-Sidequest Silent Auction from 8-Midnight. Everyone looked great! The community submitted awesome things! EVERYONE NEEDS TO GO TO SIDEQUEST NEXT YEAR!

Friday, July 4th
-Arrived at convention center around 9am and said hi to people
-Got to participate in a Community Short at 10, really looking forward to seeing my bad acting!
-Watched RWBY panel and was impressed from 1-2.
-GTA V Heist Live on Center stage from 3-4. People seemed to like the jumpsuits.
-Signed in the both with Jack from 4-5. We are both left handed.
-Red vs Blue Panel from 5-6 blew me away.
-Spent 4th of July at home streaming with Tyco, Jordan, Garrett, and 3 other friends from Canada. They sang Oh Canada on the stream. I don't think they quite understand the 4th of July.

Saturday, July 5th
-Arrived at convention at 7:45am to say hi to people in line for AH panel. Some people had been there since 5. Spent a good hour hanging out and signing.
-AH panel from 10-11, people loved the intro.
-From 12-1 hung out for Prop Hunt. Kerry threw me off stage and took my place in the Let's Play.
-Spent some time in the Mega64 booth pretending to be Rocco.
-3:30-4:30 watched the Mega64 panel. They have some of the best panels ever, you should go to one.
-4:30-5:30 was going to watch the Immersion panel but ended up having to meet with Geoff and plan for Sunday's AH panel.
-Snuck over to @_liana_'s with Jordan, Tyco and Garret for some snicker doodles. 3rd year in a row. BEST TRADITION EVER!
-Grabbed a quick dinner with @koogashark (brother), Tyco (kinda a brother), Garret (Tyco's BFF), Geoff, Griffon, and Luke.
-Halo Party from 8-11 where I captained a team in Halo 2. My team was Ghandi, Maven, and Formal and we lost. Oh well. Great experience, a ton of fun!
-SideQuest Barlympics from 11am-2am. People kept buying me drinks to the point I had to double fist (people earn points for buying staff drinks). Again, EVERYONE NEEDS TO GO TO SIDEQUEST NEXT YEAR!

Sunday, July 6th
-Back at the convention at 7:45 in order to prepare for secret number 2 and to say hi to people. Stayed around until 8:45 signing.
-Went to the guardian room at 9 to meet up with all the AH Pas to prepare for secret number 1. Thanks to them for all their help.
-AH Panel #2 from 10-11. Secret number 1 was we all had "Ryan the _____ Guy" shirts. Secret number 2 we hired @jerem6401 and @axialmatt (they didn't know that was the plan).
-Grabbed food quick since it was the only chance I had.
-Community Hunter Panel from 12:30-1:30. People had some good questions, some didn't. Went well though.
-Signing with Ryan from 2-3. Turns out he's a pretty sweet guy.
-Watched the Minecraft Let's Play from 4-5.
-Enjoyed a wonderful Slo Mo Guys Panel from 5-6. Got to tape a soccer ball to Dan's face.
-Stuck around after for the guardian signing until 8
-Dinner with Tyco, Garret, Jordan, and Holly.
-Party at the FORT with some nice people from 8:30-10:30
-Finished off the weekend at the Sidequest Lounge. For real, EVERYONE NEEDS TO GO TO SIDEQUEST NEXT YEAR!

So that's my weekend. It was a ton of fun and I wish I had the energy to do it every weekend! Thank you so much to my rockstar PA, Emily! Thanks to all the AH PA's who helped me get shirts to the right people. Thank you to all the guardians who spent their weekend making RTX happen! We honestly couldn't have done it without you!

Lastly, and for sure not leastly! THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO CAME OUT TO RTX!!! This community is seriously the best around and getting to spend time with all of you is incredible. I really hope next year I get the opportunity to meet even more of you!!!

<3
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Chesapeake Invite 2014If you happen to live anywhere near Leesburg, Virginia, feel free to come watch a game of Ultimate (Frisbee). I'll be out there playing a tournament this Saturday and Sunday with my team, Austin Doublewide. Here is my schedule (all times in Eastern time):

Saturday July 12th:
9:00am vs New York PoNY
10:45am vs Toronto GOAT (streamed)
2:15pm vs Raleigh Ring of Fire
4:00pm vs San Francisco Boost FC

Sunday July 13th:
9:00am vs Columbus Madcow
10:45am vs TBD
12:30pm vs TBD

Not in Virginia? For $5 you can watch a game online! They will be streaming our game vs Toronto GOAT Saturday morning at 10:45am Easternl Time. Click here if you want info on how to watch it.

The field address is:
41793 Tutt Lane
Leesburg, VA 20176

Follow these accounts for updates:
@doublewidetx
@calebdenecour
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Achievement Hunter RTX ScheduleWondering where to find members of Achievement Hunter during RTX 2014? Use these images as a handy guide to help you locate your favorite Cast and Crew!

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Doublewide 2014Tryouts are over and the roster is set for Austin Doublewide. Thankfully, I've made the team again this year. This season, we only plan on attending 4 tournaments, so if one happens to be in your area, please feel free to come out and watch!

Tournament: Pro-Elite Flight Challenge (Chesapeake Invite)
Location: Loudoun County, VA
Dates: July 12th and 13th

Tournament: Pro Flight Finale (Labor Day)
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
Dates: August 30th and 31st


Tournament: Pro Flight Finale (Labor Day)
Location: Burlington, WA (North of Seattle)
Dates: August 30th and 31st

Tournament: Regionals
Location: TBD
Dates: September 27th and 28th

Tournament: Nationals
Location: Frisco, TX
Dates: October 16th through 19th

I'll post more details about each tournament as I find out more details. I'd really love to have some of you come out and cheer Doublewide on. I'd also appreciate if you'd be willing to follow our social media pages!

Twitter
Facebook
Website

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7, 5, 3, 1Fun facts of my life with RT.

-7 years ago (well, 7 years 3 months, but close enough) I met Geoff and signed up for this site
-5 years ago (4 years 11 months) I work my first convention booth with RT
-3 years ago (3 years and two days) I started my first day as Community Manager of Achievement Hunter
-1 year ago (345 days) I had my first day full time.

Really strange to think about how playing a random game of GRAW ended up changing my life. Had I never joined that lobby, I'd never have met Geoff, never discovered RT, and sure as hell would have never moved to Texas.
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Mexico!!!!Hola amigos!

Sadly, this may be most of what I know in spanish. Oh well. The point of this journal isn't to flaunt my spanish knowledge (or lack there of), it's to announce I'M GOING TO MEXICO THIS WEEKEND!!!

For those who have paid attention, last December @koogashark and I went to Mexico to play in a tournament for fun. After having a great time, one of the teams we played with, Slash, invited us to join them this coming August at the World Championships in Italy later this summer. In order to prepare for that, they invited us to join them this weekend at the Mexico Coed National Championships! Sadly, Jordan is graduating college that weekend so I'll be making the trip alone. It's probably a good thing I know so much spanish.

Anywho, what are you Memorial Day weekend plans?
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Trainwreck 2014Another season of coaching Texas State Trainwreck (Women's Ultimate) is in the bag and I'm going to do my best to keep this journal short.

Last January (2013), Haley approached me (and about 50 other people) in search of a coach for her college women's Ultimate team. While many were interested, few had the time, or lived south enough in Austin to commute to San Marcos. This really left me as the team's only option (suckers!). With that fact, and my stellar interview with Stacey and Rhea (the team captains), I was awarded the gig.

I'd heard some bad rumors about Trainwreck from a variety of people, so I was a bit worried for the first practice. I didn't want to coach a program that didn't want to work hard and play with spirit. Thankfully, what I found was a program full of talented women who wanted to grow as players, as people, and as friends. A team that had a rough reputation who wanted teams to respect them as a worthy opponent and not just a chippy team who got lucky. A team that wanted to make it to Regionals for the first time in it's history.

16 months later and we have done not just that, but so much more. The team has turned it's reputation around, so much so that at one tournament multiple coaches approached me thanking Trainwreck for such spirited play. Not only did we make regionals, we broke seed to finish 8th our of 12 and played great games against some of the best teams in the Nation. I've seen so many of these women grow as players and as people and being apart of that has been nothing short of incredible.

What led to this success? Last night at our end of season banquet, Trainwreck was quite kind in giving me so much credit (and Stacey and Rhea almost made me cry with their kind words), but I want them to understand that they deserve even more credit. You all worked so hard to recruit new players, practiced with intensity and focus, and you believed in your ability to grow. Trainwreck had all the tools for success even before I showed up, and as long as they continue to believe and work hard, this team will continue to succeed!

So thank you to Stacey and Rhea for being great captains for this team. It's been wonderful working with you these last two seasons, you will both be missed! Thank you to Trainwreck, each and every one of you. This season has been nothing short of incredible! It's been such an honor coaching you and a privilege to get to know you. I'm so excited to see where this team can go from here!



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TEP Colombia 2014 RecapEDIT: Click to watch the full game of finals!

What a trip! I must say that my experience the last few days was nothing short of incredible. The food, people, weather, and the Ultimate blew me away! I'd like to thank the organizers of the event for not only inviting Doublewide to come play, but for also organizing such an amazing event!

For those who don't know what I'm talking about, for the last 5 days, Doublewide (the Ultimate Frisbee team I play for) has been in Colombia. We were invited to go compete in their premiere tournament against the best the ams the country has to offer. Feel free to read my previous journal regarding our excitement!

Our team flew into Colombia Wednesday evening and upon our arrival we were greater by our bus driver. Normally, this wouldn't be exciting, but the Medellin airport is pretty far from the heart of the city and the drive to and from takes you over a mountain. The way our driver maneuvered that bus around those narrow rows both amazed and terrified me! The gorgeous views helped make the trip less nauseating (so many tight turns and ups and downs). After grabbing a quick bite to eat, our driver took us to our hostel. Nothing like cramming 12 men into one room for 5 days! Thankfully, the hostel was super nice and even had wifi.

Thursday morning brought us the start of our games. Round 1 brought us up against the reigning Colombian National Champions, Euphoria. They played extremely well, caught us sleeping, and took the win 15-14. Congrats to them. This tournament was set up in a way we didn't play back to back so luckily we had some time to explore, nap, and eat. Round 2 we faced the Colombia Junior team who played with incredible speed. We ended up taking the game 17-6! After our victory we had some team dinner/drinks and went to bed early due to our 7am Friday game time.

Waking up at 6am to play isn't on the short list of things I like to do in my life, but at least we were only about a mile from the stadium so the walk there was actually quite refreshing. Our round 3 game came as a 17-5 victory for us over Kie, but the game was closer than the score tells. While the early start time wasn't ideal, it worked well with our second game that started at 5pm. It allowed Doublewide to go out and explore the city, highlighted by the gondola ride to the National Park (photos in the Facebook album linked below). The trip made for a great break and allowed us some relaxation before our round 4 match up where we again faced a team who loved to run, Mamoots. The game ended 17-6 in favor of Doublewide setting us up in a semifinals spot!

Saturday morning meant, semis, and for the first time in the tournament we'd face a non-Colombian team, Seattle Sockeye. For those not familiar with Sockeye, they are a 3 time National Championship team who finished 3rd place at US Nationals last season. While both our squads were understaffed (13 players compared to other teams 20+), this match up featured fast play and high intensity. Incredible to see so late in a tournament where both teams feature low numbers. The battle resulted in a 16-13 Doublewide win! The other semifinals match up featured the Colombian National Championship finals, Euphoria and Osos. Since they played at the same time as Doublewide, we weren't able to see all of the game, but what we saw was extremely fast and physical play. The end result was a Euphoria win!

Saturday's TEP Colombia Final featured the rematch of Doublewide and Euphoria, an extremely close first round match. The big question on everyone's mind was whether Doublewide could continue to run with the larger rostered team so late in a tournament. The answer was yes, and Doublewide took home the gold in a 13-9 victory. One of the coolest parts of the game was that it was aired on a local Colombian station and streamed online. People all over the world were able to watch the event. They even have been airing a recap on local news stations (you can see me running down a score about 40 seconds in, #49)!

The overall experience was nothing short of unbelievable. The level of competition was high, the people were friendly, and the food was tasty. The most emotional moment of the tournament hit after our round 4 win when we left the stadium only to be stopped by dozens of kids from the our areas of Medellin who wanted nothing more than to shake our hands and say hello. It was incredible to see the passion these kids had for the sport I love so much and such an honor to share my time with them (some of them told me we were the first blue eyed people they had seen not on TV). A close second came after the award ceremony. Tons of the youth teams (who competed in the Youth Division) approached Doublewide for photos and autographs and many wished to trade jerseys (I managed to get my hands on a sweet U23 Colombia jersey).

I'm still in awe from the event and only wish I could have stayed longer. Thank you so much to TEP Colombia and everyone who made it happen. Thank you to the RT Community Members who came out and watched the event! I really hope to go back again next year!

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P.S. Feel free to check out some of my photos!
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