Trip to Lecco, ItalyTomorrow I leave the beautiful Netherlands behind and continue my Europe trip to Lecco, Italy (somewhat close to Milan, akak Northern Italy). While the Netherlands was a wonderful time, especially our little RT Meet-Up, the trip to Italy is all about Ultimate Frisbee.
@koogashark, Holly (my girlfriend), and I are competing next week in the World Ultimate (Frisbee) Club Championships. We are going with a coed team from Mexico called Slash. If you happen to be in the area, please come by and watch a game! Here is my schedule:
Sunday, August 3rd: 11:00am on Field 17 vs Bear Calvary (UK)
Monday, August 4th: 1:00pm on Field 11 vs UFO (Netherlands) 5:00pm on Field 28 vs Sexy Legs (Estonia)
Tuesday, August 5th through Friday, August 8th: TBD (Schedule will be based on previous results, follow on twitter for updates during the tournament.)
Here is the tournament address: Via Aldo Moro, 92 23847 Coroldo LC Italy
If you feel so bold, you can also try and follow my schedule by reading this and following my score updates on Twitter.
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!!!
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
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!
-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.
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.
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!