(credit to ben pack for coming up with that winner- wish i could remember what stream it was on)
anytime one of these transitions is announced, the GB faithful assemble in the quiet, dusty town that is these forums and i tend to fantasize about posting a devastating, heartfelt tribute to the exiting staff member so they understand they're appreciated. truthfully i usually end up keeping things short and sweet, but i feel like this guy deserves a few extra sentences.
i gotta that say this one stings...with the regular 'on camera' folks it's easy to point to gaps in the schedule or an empty chair on a video and so the perceived loss is evident. i think in matthew 'matt' rorie's case that absence will be less immediately tangible, but it really does feel like GB is losing a bit of it's heart with this one.
this is coming off as more dramatic than i intend, so i'll just say this much- in every interaction the Rordawg (whether on camera, in these forums, or in DMs) comes off as an exceedingly DECENT and authentic person- and the countless anecdotes in these forums and elsewhere are proof positive (seriously- i've lost count of the accounts i've read that amount to "i was passing through SF and messaged him for a beer on a lark, and THEN IT HAPPENED.")
which is all to say, thanks rorie! you really will be missed, and good luck all our best- don't be a stranger! (and if you ever come eastward for a Screaming Females hometown show, i'll buy you one!)
PS- i sincerely hope rorie finds a place to share his written thoughts every now and then. i'm sure it was likely just another agenda item for him- but back in the spring of 2020 when a sense of normalcy was utterly shot, getting a newsletter with as an opener had me in stitches:
Folks, if you’re anything like me, you are probably pretty tired of BIG BRANDS sending you emails detailing what they think about the new superbug and how they’re holding up while attempting to weather the storm we’re currently experiencing. By a rough count I have received over 200 emails from various companies who desperately want me to know what they’re doing to prepare/outlast COVID-19, mostly written as though I need to know what my bank’s line of succession would be in case its president and C-level suite is rendered unfit to perform their duties. It is exciting to me to know that Domino’s Pizza is moving the families of their executives into the Cheyenne Mountain bunker to ensure operational stability in case of disruptions to the chain of command, but, honestly, I think most of us have more pressing and immediate concerns for our family and friends.
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