For the uninitiated, I get #VeryExcited for #rtx and for the past three years I have made a series of journal entries covering my thoughts and experiences. This is the series for #RTXAustin2018 and the rest are likely to be found under the #RTXcited tag on the site. Join me, won’t you?
This is not just a swag post. That said, I got a lot of nice things this RTX which I’m going to tell you about in the miscellany that is this post.
The first, and probably most important thing to mention is my Badge. It’s been added to my small collection, but we’ll go on a little journey to find it.
Tucked away behind my jeans, jackets, (jean jackets,) and nicer shirts is a little organizational hanger with all my ties for the occasions I wear fancy clothes. And on the other side of that…
… is where my badges from conventions, school, and other lanyarded things I want to keep are kept.
It is a safe place for my great memories, but it isn’t much of a display. It’s not fair to the buttons and pins I get. So I have a solution.
As you can see, the badges are pretty bare. They are in themselves wonderful keepsakes and that is why I have them but in my mind, pins and buttons as just as much for display. I also don’t know about you, but I want to be able to remember RTX every day with other people. Wearing a con lanyard in public makes people ask questions though…
So I migrate the decorative bits (with purpose)!
Every year at RTX I but or bring something that’s going to be that year’s RTX thing. Last year it was the Epsilon jacket which has my RTX 2017 pin secured front and center under the top button. This year I intended it to be the RT Letterman Jacket which I’ve been needing to get since I got that Double Gold patch way back when, but there was also a sweet RTX Snapback in the RTX #RTBOX which is now half this year’s RTX thing.
See, cool pins all along the hat (First, Extra Life, and Side Quest). I put it on my head and remember the good times. (I also, the day I got home, went out to get comics with my brother and the comic-shop guy saw it and asked if I went. We talked for two hours. I think the hat has earned its keep.)
The jacket still will be an RTX thing. It’ll be covered in patches I got this year (and before) and as soon as it’s done you can bet I’ll show it off.
Speaking of showing off, here’s the rest of the merch I got in the RT Store.
Some pretty cool stuff. I just can’t not get an RvB thing each year, but it is true Camp Camp took up more of the budget than my jacket. I really love that show, almost as much as I think the Ice Queen can be Best Girl when she puts her mind to it. Maybe putting her hear back in a Cib headband might help her concentrate (I doubt it, but I needed to mention it somehow). You can see here all the patches I got from the store and The Coop. I really liked the Coop and its merch but that stuff was EXPENSIVE and I’ve still got some tin posters to buy.
But, maybe by favorite thing of all is the RTX exclusive “Never Stop Trying” shirt. It has that great cartoony style I love from this year’s RTX branding. It has the positive other half of my favorite line in the show. It’s very comfy. And it has some actual importance to this post I’m writing on #rtcommunityday right now.
For all the fun stuff I get from RTX, what I take away from it every time is a reinvigorated sense of just how much the #rtcommunity means to me and a passion to do my part in it.
RT asked us on twitter for pictures and favorite moments from RTX to retweet over RT Community Day. You all have seen the pictures (I wanted to attach them all, but twitter only allows 4) but here’s what I wrote:
It's hard to pin it down because every moment of #rtxaustin is a reminder of the welcoming, talented, and just best community ever (of all time) that I have become a part of. RTX is coming home to these people and that keeps me very excited for every year.
Maybe I’m being a little sappy, but there it is. I may get a lot done at RTX and all of it gets me #VeryExcited , but a greatest moment? I am immersed in the RT community from the moment I put on my daily outfit and funny socks to when I flop into my bed then have to get back out and turn on my light to find my eye cover so I can actually sleep a few hours for a whole weekend. It’s pretty hard to top that.
Yet I think I’m gonna try.
I planted the seeds of this all the way back in Part 1 of this threequel. RTX 2018 marks the start of the Year of Participation for me. I’m getting more involved with groups. I’m gonna finish this pass at Red vs Blue Rec0very. I have enough RT shirts now to wear one every day of the month (if I so choose). I’ve got some actual video content actually in the works. Where this year will take me is unknown, but there’s one key to getting there.
Remembering where I came from to this community and applying that. If I don’t do anything else this year I’m going to do my best to have one 008 Update* for every calendar week. I’m a writer. I have thoughts best conveyed in words that I want to share with other people. They aren’t all going to be 20+ page behemoths and not all of them are necessarily going to be directly RT related. The connection will be I’m writing them for you guys, the RT Community. It’s stuff I’m making because I’d want to read it and I’m hoping a bunch of like-minded friends on the internet will enjoy it too. That sounds kinda familiar…
*I really mean I’ll be doing “A Written Post” every calendar week. Scripts for Rec0very and review posts count for that, as do other fictions I may decide to share and a planned series I have that isn’t just a blog but might start under the 008 Update banner.
It’s a little ambitious but this community is worth it to me and I can always use the practice writing. By calendar week I mean every Monday-Sunday and that is so I can visualize all of this on my calendar easier and make a checkmark. It also gives me the leeway of more than seven days on occasion.
Again, I don’t know what shape this year is going to take. I also may miss a few. I’m not perfect, but what’s important is I’ll never stop trying. This community and this place means a lot to me, so I will keep coming back. I hope you will too.
You can also expect, along with part 5 of RTXCited 2018: The Threequel a lot of fun shenanigans and doodles, like me achieving a nice lunch or little doodles to up my word count by a couple thousand (metaphorically) and explain some stuff about how I see myself and the world. I even got a new set of markers.