I've been around in TL since around late 2006 when I first watched Boxer beat Pusan in the So1 Starleague. After that, I was hooked onto SC. I stayed up late at night senior year to watch Boxer vs Anytime in the So1 Finals and it was one of the best things I ever saw in my life.
Fast forward I went through college in UC Berkeley, met a lot of interesting people and grew up. Shout out to Superiorwolf, Paper and all the other people from BATL and LAN B4 Time. I really enjoyed my time as a member of TL back when it was a small community of people who just really enjoyed great games of starcraft.
I went through my my 4 years of college occasionally playing a lot of SC and gained some skill with playing SC on a touchpad. To this day, one of my greatest achievements in SC is being able to get 150 apm while playing on a touchpad and making it to C level in Iccup while in the middle of lecture.
In my 3rd year of college, I started playing poker and that led me away from TL but towards LP. Liquidpoker became a great deal part of my life as I posted and learned how to be better at poker much in a similar way to how I learned to be better at starcraft when I first began. On my climb to mount robusto I met a lot of interesting people in LP and it was a small but solid and helpful community much like TL.
Now after SC2 came out, the TL community exploded and now TL is a place where there are so many people that it is hard to keep track of who is who. The community has evolved so much more than when I first started and posted here that it is hard to tell who is who and what is what. There are so many more people now that it is difficult to say what kind of people make up the community because it is so diverse now.
I'm not saying that this is a bad thing, but that this is how things are now. Now that I reflect upon my years as a Starcraft player, poker player and now a starcraft 2 player, I realize that I wasn't learning the game, but rather learning about life. Learning about how to prioritize school and practicing 8 hours of SC a day. Learning a strong work ethic and learning to really analyze what you do rather than just keep making the same mistakes over and over. Mostly, I realized that TL was a place where I could connect with other people who had similar interests and people that could show me more about life from news to TV shows to starcraft strategy to different games.
It's taken me 5 years to get to 1000 posts, and I am proud that in my time at TL I've managed to witness the development of something beautiful. I've managed to connect with some people in the community. I've managed to grow up while documenting some of my life.
I've managed to troll idra quite a few times (but being banned in the process).
Lastly, I've managed to be part of a great community that is open to everyone.
[Real Life part]
My last blog post was many years ago. I recently graduated from UC Berkeley and I'm working in Chicago now. If any of you are in Chicago and would like to hang out send me a pm. For those of you in college, enjoy your time there as I did and try as many things that don't kill you. Now as I look into the future, it looks bright and I know that although SC won't always be a part of my life, TL will be a fond memory i will take with me into the future.
[] I just checked and it said I joined in Late 2005. Wow, it's been 6 years not 5...