Hey, how are you?

Hope you're doing alright. It's been a trying week for everyone, I suspect. I wish I had been around on the site a bit more than I have been. It doesn't help that I've been a bit sick.

Anyway, I wanted to say thanks for the outpouring of kind words and thoughts this week. I've been doing my best to get back to as many PMs and tweets as I could, although the amount of tweets that were coming my way Monday and Tuesday were pretty crazy!

I saw plenty of people who were saying that it was a bit odd that they had no one to talk to about this, since Ryan was someone they only knew online and none of their friends could relate. Hopefully you've been able to get whatever's on your chest off of it via the boards, but if you still feel like you have something to say, feel free to PM me and I'll be sure to get back to you. I might not be able to reply until Sunday, but I'll definitely reply.

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Edited by Mento

Thanks Rorie. It has been a surreal few days, probably doubly so for all of you in the office. Big hugs to everyone there (any accompanying water-pouring I'll leave to your discretion).

Edited by TheManWithNoPlan

It's been very hard to come to terms with this tragic event, but the community here has helped a lot. Thanks Rorie.

Posted by ultrapeanut

This week has been a blur and has shaken me even more than I expected knowing how long I've loved the GB family. I think we're all grateful for the acknowledgment of the impact it's had on us and so many others in addition to your own unimaginable pain, and it's confirmed my longstanding suspicion that you were an amazing bunch of people. Every single one of you guys has handled this extremely well. Thank you.

Posted by MrMazz

It's been getting better Rorie. Monday was a gut punch but things move on.

It helps that I got out and went for a couple of walks and saw Pacific Rim. Can not WAIT for you alex and who ever else wants to talk about that movie. It's really stupid fun but really wish it was a bit more there. Also watching EVO is pretty fun.

Posted by PollySMPS

It's gotten better as the week went on. Hearing you guys on the podcast did a lot to help me feel like I was beginning my own healing process, though I know the road ahead is much longer for you guys. One day at a time. Nobody's rushing. Take all the time you need.

You are my favorite human piece of shit, Rorie. I mean that in the kindest and sincerest manner possible. Have a good weekend.

Posted by ThunderSlash

I still can't believe that you guys managed to keep it together online during the 4th of July weekend. That is some professionalism right there.

Posted by FinalDasa

@mrmazz: If you ever need someone to talk to don't be afraid to PM me.

It's certainly been strange mourning someone I didn't know. But thankfully through twitter, the GB community, and a very understanding friend it hasn't been too bad for me. I'm very lucky in that regard.

More so I'm just concerned about those closer to Ryan and how they're holding up. I'm sure plenty of fellow community members feel the same as I do when I say I wish there was something we could do to help comfort everyone.

Hopefully time can truly heal all wounds.

Posted by Tireyo

I think that the GBCP podcast is supposed to come sometime this week, so I think that'll be a good thing for all of us to listen to.

I must warn you ahead of time though... I did do a recording and sent it in to them. I was rushed, because I didn't have a lot of time to record it with no one around, so I hope you'll be able understand me and my southern accent. I will sound like I am reading something, and that's because I am reading what I wrote down to say. Don't expect too much emotion in my speech. I did mean every word I said, and I hope that in itself will be meaningful to everyone. =-)

Posted by Rorie

@thunderslash: Mostly we just didn't post or tweet very much, I think. We were all together on the fourth, so that helped a bunch, too.