Joined TL.net Friday, 19th of September 2003
It seems I am a lurker after all.
Feeling a bit nostalgic... I started playing Starcraft and getting involved in the community well before finding out about Teamliquid, but it all seems so surreal. To think I have spent well over 5 maybe 6 years around this game, have I got anything out of it? Was it worth ever buying this game? Did I miss out on anything?
My grades suffered slightly in the last few years of high school, but I mostly blame my own laziness and lack of interest. Hmm what was I doing when I first joined Teamliquid, graduating high school I think, yeah later realising I hate what I had decided to study in University and leaving.
So what have I got out of this game, countless friends and hours of fun, hell.. years of fun. It was around the time that I had decided I hated what I was doing at college, I was offered a position as a Starcraft referee in the 2005 World Cyber Games in Singapore. It was probably around Nov 2004 I got the offer, so I left school and by Jan got a crappy office job as a data entry clerk, typing skills ftw. The plan was really to just work for a year get some money, have some fun, go on this trip then go back to school and study something I enjoy.
Two years later, I have moved up in the same company, I am like an artery in the company now, our branch anyway, I got to go to Singapore, meet a lot of my online friends for the first time, following year I went to Monza Italy for WCG2006, and next week I fly out to Seattle once again for WCG.
I have no regrets in ever dropping out of college, I'm quite confident in a year I could move up to a technical position in the company, get a company car and hit the road. I have plenty of money to enjoy life, I get to travel every year, which is so awesome, imagine someone picking a new location for you to travel to every year, you pay for the flight, get a free weeks accommodation to help run an awesome event, which I don't even consider work, it can get stressful, but in comparison to my day job, it is nothing, you get to meet a ton of awesome people and then you can enjoy the country for as long as you want. The beauty of it is that you will always be going somewhere with people you know, and the holiday will always be random, no decision making involved.
Thinking back on the last 5-6 years of my life, I wouldn't change a thing.