Im looking at Rooster teeth - Mariel's post on “love and Pride” While listing to home spun folk music on Youtube and I am struck by a theme.
May be some explanation is due.
I have been an RT fan for a long time (season 2 of RVB). It has been long a journey, we have both come a long way. I was in my late twenties in college seeking a career in advertising ( one I would get, prosper in, burn out wonderfully, and then forsake in the intervening years ). I have often wondered how and why RT means so much to me.
Part of it is the fact we are in the same field.
You see,I have been a video production professional for most part, but that is not entirely it. Some of it is a head cannon that me and some of the staff would have met at UT if I had left hawaii after I got out of the navy in 99 and moved back to Texas, and went to UT (which was one of my plans). We would have drank together became friends and may be, just may be I would be at RT right now.
This is a Head cannon I have abandoned. I am a 40 year old dude, who loves his life, I love my Wife, my Job telling the National Guard War fighters story, in video, photo and print. ( yes I am a professional writer ( a horrible one, I know…. for a severe ADHD dyslexic it is a miracle I have made it this far… ok part miracle, part luck, but it has been alot of \ hard work)).
But while the fantasy that i would have meet Burnie in college and, would be working at RT is absurd, it is close to the truth of why I am a huge fan of RT.
I am a fan of RT because of … Austin.
Austin Texas. yes Austin
I have only been there once in my life, over thanksgiving of my senior year in High School (1994). It was a pivotal time, I got drunk for the first time, fell hopelessly infatuated with a beautiful woman, who also loved women. for the first time. ( a repeating theme in my life ) I am a dude. Love is love, seek it. (The term I used was “obsessed” then. I learned later this scared her and my friends because they knew what I did not. Sorry Adrian. ) That was a magical week, I came in to contact with the power of writing, of creative expression. some thing I seek every day, I seek to create and ingest creative products. I wrote my first true poem on the road back home, as my best friend and soon to be brother in law drove the long drive to our home in the panhandle. Austin left a mark on my soul, that has never warn off. It is this mark that i feel resonates in every thing RT makes. It vibrates with the frequency unique to Austin. Austin is an endlessly creative and weird town. It is this creative and weird seed that is present in RT’s productions, it speaks to my soul.
Austin is a weird place, it is irreverent, loyal, and driven to stand out. Texas can be a ... closed minded place. But Austin strives to defy that tendency. Felled with tattoos and leftist, thoughts that drive most texans nuts, but they fight to stay .. off... center. rebelling in their very existence. Which is also a very Texas thing too. So while Austin strives to be separate from Texas they prove that they are the most "texas" place in the world.
BTW I would later meet Burnie at the Hawaii Lazer teeth meet up. I wore a a UT hat, I wanted to tell this story but I was .. star struck and… needed time. Also It would have been rude to lay this at his feet as over a hundred fellow fans waited to say hi.
Keep on, keeping on you do you. stay weird