A brief post about Ryan.

There isn't much to say which hasn't already been said, but I felt the need to put down a few of my thoughts about Ryan Davis.

My boyfriend introduced me to Giant Bomb back in 2009 and I have visited it nearly every day since. I’ve watched and listened to countless hours of coverage featuring Ryan and the gang - Jeff, Brad, Vinny, Patrick, et al.

Even though I didn’t know Ryan, I feel like I did. He was a larger than life personality who could make anything funny or thought-provoking. He was more than just a guy on the internet. He felt like a friend.

This morning, when I saw news of his passing, I cried.

I sat at my desk and openly wept for a man I had never met.

And as I checked around the internet, I saw that I was not alone. Thousands of fans and friends worldwide were sharing their grief for this remarkable man.

What comforts me right now is that all of the stories I saw about Ryan were happy, positive, and sometimes downright silly. He lived life with a joy I’ve not seen in many people.

The next few days, weeks, months, and years will be hard without him, but I’m pretty sure he’d want us to put away our sadness and remember the good times instead.

So, tonight I am wearing my China Don’t Care shirt, listening to some summer jams, and throwing away some pennies in Ryan’s honor.

Goodnight, sweet duder.

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