Its hard to believe that just over 2 years ago was the first time I had the chance to talk with Jerry and get to know him during my interview to join this amazing community. In this short amount of time I've grown to be a much better person and a lot of that is due to the opportunity to talk with Jerry and listen to all the advice he had to offer, and I'm extremely grateful for that. I remember meeting Jerry in person for the first time at MLG Raleigh last year and remember thinking after I meet him, "Holy shit, I thought just talking to him during my interview for the first time was intimidating lol." Also all the fun times that was had on Black Ops when it was still on the circuit and Jerry yelling at all of us and I quote (slightly censored), "Where are my damn UAVs" in pub games.
In all seriousness, Jerry it was an honor to get to know you and I wish you the best of luck with the new job at Riot. Hopefully all goes well for you out in California and maybe when I fly out to there to visit my dad I can drop in and see how things are going for you. If that doesn't happen hopefully there will still be all the MLG events to have fun at with everyone.
Best of luck to you!
I"m not going far. Your Mom loves you in away, as you get older, you will take with you everywhere. I could see you were everything, and this reminds me of a story. Allow me to share it with you:
In the 20s and 30s it was not really appropriate for women to be out after dark, especially if they were not all dressed up and generally with a date or their husband. One night, couple was leaving the theater, and they saw a woman dressed kinda shabby with her two kids walking down the street. The woman looked at her husband and in a huff, she said, "My good woman! How can you been seen on these streets so late at night without your furs and pearls?! The shabby-drssed woman looked at her, clutched her two children and said, "But my lady, these ARE my furs and pearls."
Aim high. Dream big. Don't be afraid to fail or be different.
What Jerry has taught me even in the short time it seems like in vVv is how to take lead of not only being a true gamer but a better person. Everything from what i learned in the time i was in staff to apply to my personal life to being a community member helping newbies out and getting to know everyone has been an amazing experience with jerry being around not only to push me but everyone in vVv and im thankful. Jerry thank you for the guidance vVv has much needed throughout the years to make it to where it is today. Everyone should feel confident that the legacy you built will continue to flourish and be maintained through all of the amazing members we have here today. You are like a father figure that we will all make proud thank you Jerry.
Your life may have humble beginnings, but you will grow place where you started. You should stay hungry to learn and grow, and always try and be around people better than you. You will grow much faster. Don't settle for ordinary, not should do what you think others want you to do. be you. Never use the word, "should." It's rarely true. :-)
Fist and foremost, I would like to say thank you for all that you have done for me. Without you I wouldn't have heard about MLG or even had the ability to travel to 90% of the events I went to. We have been through a lot of ups and downs, Including TKE's try at running the show lol, and I couldn't have asked for a better time or a more welcoming home. I am 100% confident your newest choice "vVv Doomahmmer", (as you have it in your post. Jordan didn't revise this did he ), can and will lead vVv Gaming to greater and greater heights. You taught me how to be a confident gamer and to this day I still wear my vVv shirts everywhere. So again I say thanks and hope all has been well.
I have so many thoughts on my journey with vVv Gaming through my competitive career and most of them come back to the talks in the hotel room, or the trips to Chicago, or the all nighters on gow or cod and I just want you to know that you were not only a role model for many to look up to but a great friend. You have helped me and given me more advice than anyone in my life. How could I have ever thought I would have gone to so many different states, experienced so many different things, and met so many people before I met you and vVv Gaming? I cherish my years I spent with vVv Gaming and look forward to seeing what we can still accomplish. Onward!
I could say so much. It has been a great joy watching you grow into the adult you are today. I think you might be one of those people that I will have come out and visit us, and tour Riot Games. Aim high. Don't be ordinary. NC proved you could leave, and survive. Now, always follow your passions. We need you around here. I don't think you know that. Keep our history. You are a great part of it.
Ok, I wasn't going to write a long sentimental post but I really want to get this off my chest.
When I first came to vVv, although my age didn't show it, I was a child. At that point I had gotten through life using only raw talent and intelligence. I had no discipline, and shortly after joining vVv I flunked out of a University most people in this country could only dream of attending. I moved to California, and I had no friends. I was depressed most days and had no motivation. I see now that vVv kept me going through all of it. I made some amazing friendships with some of the people here, the kind of friendships I didn't know could exist through an exclusively online connection. Exodus hated me, and so did a few others, but over time we overcame our differences and now I can say there hasn't been a single person (save one or two special cases) that I regret meeting. I met Exo, Nero, Prosu, Dyza, Antidote, Rapture and so many others because of this site. Because of what you have created and made thrive the past 5 years.
Jerry, you had such an impact on my life, and I don't think I've ever told you because I hadn't even realized it until recently. You were very helpful to me, you praised my work where few others had ever done, and you were extremely hard on me when I left. But, to be fair, I probably should have carried Deodorant with me at Dallas. It was pretty hot, OK?? I hated you after that, but you were the one person telling me what I needed to hear instead of what I wanted to hear. My life is back on track now, I'm all registered for school, working when I can find it and you had a huge part in that. If i had one regret about everything, it's not coming back to staff.
If I have accomplished half the things you have done when I reach your age, I will be perfectly content. Best wishes at Riot Jerry. I would say good luck but you really don't need it.
Rev, rev, rev. . . thankfully, your challenges came early. You have a great mind. I hope you challenge yourself mentally in whatever you do. You were a strong critic to us, and I thank you for that. I know I was the same of you. Stick with us, as you will only get better with age. Make yourself happy. No one else can do it but you. :-)
And join us again. You have always been here. You always will be.