Hey, it's Rio!
I have been a Pokemon fan, like many others here, since I was a child.
I remember walking into my TCG place the first time, with cards that were no longer "legal" (TCG has legal rotations), and these two kids reaching over the table to look at my cards, telling me that I can't use them.
Those kids would become my best (and only) friends (there), and they were Brother and Sister. I really enjoyed playing with them, whether it was TCG, a card game, or a board game.
I remember that one time, we were at the store's other location in the mall, and they gave us Pokeball beach balls. The brother and his friend were tossing it back and forth, and the Sister would steal it. She took the ball and walked into a nearby store, with the boy and friend (and me) following. The Brother kept asking for it back, and just as she was about halfway towards leaving the store, the old, senile security mall cop showed up, telling her to give him the ball, and that he'd kick us all out if something like this happened again.
Nonetheless, why I'm here. I remember using the actual database part of the DB for a while before actually signing up in 2010. I was in the fifth grade at the time. It wasn't until December 5th, 2010 that I signed up to be apart of the DB Community.
Yes, my userpage, says I signed up on March 21, 2011. Yes, I have another account. I signed up with Pokemisstress, a username my Dad made for me. I also used his email, one that has since gone inactive. I, being a 10 year old noob, had no clue what it meant when I couldn't post because I needed to "confirm my email".
Yeah, I'm smarter now.
These accounts have never interacted in any way and the only reason I made it was because I was a total noob and didn't understand rules and didn't understand that the invalid email wasn't acceptable. Additionally, I don't remember the password
I chose the name "Rio" based on the animated movie that was in theaters at the time, btw.
This is during the time where I was ultra-secret about my identity, and didn't associate with an actual name, or a gender. I remember these two guys on chat who were talking, and how I mentioned I'm a bit of a tomboy, and that they responded by asking me if I liked girls, because I was a tom boy . This bothered me, and I left for a while.
When I came back, I started making friends. I still had no points at the time, not that it mattered too much. This was about the time that Shadow came back, swearing he'd be good, and begging for forgiveness. I saw him in chat, and told him "Even though I don't know what you did, and it doesn’t affect me, I forgive you, and want to be your friend."
Ab and I became friends. We earned points together, racing each other to the front page. Back then, the lowest amount of points a user on the front page had was 800 something.
It was during this time I made friends. I would love talking to everyone about everything (as long as it wasn't competitive battling stats, as pointed out by Ben one evening). Ah, those days in Chat.
It was one morning, before school. I would get on early and talk to Dr.Flame before he left for school. Ab and one of our friends had been talking weirdly recently, and I confronted the friend and found out some information about Ab, which explained their behavior. Additionally, I found out Ab's name, and state (two vague pieces of information, but he was very private about it, as was I, at the time). He confronted me the next morning, and he yelled at me. He yelled because I knew his vague information, because I was showing Ninja "my true colors" (I still don’t know exactly what he means by that), yelled because I meddled where I didn't belong, etc. After this, he started getting sketchy. Our year-long friendship ended that morning. He changed his name (something I choose for him, and asked he didn't change), and started getting more and more aggressive, until he started being the Troll he originally was, and left the following November. The fight was in June, I believe. However, that was also the day I met JCM. Probably not the best first impression, but we became good friends regardless.
After that fight with Ab, I started contemplating life, going for walks more often, and started becoming more self-aware. At first, I felt angry, than guilty, about the fight. Then I say that I forgave him for the fight. Now, it's obvious the fight was something inevitable. If I, one sole person, was the only person he was sticking around for, it was obvious he'd leave at some point. Evidence by his prior history, he'd go out with a bang. It was only a matter of time.
I still never told anyone, Ab.
I pride myself on not having been banned, not being kicked, having lots of friends, and being a generally all-around good user.
Since I was on Chat so much, I got to know a lot of users very well, resulting in spending a lot of time together. I'll admit, being one of the few female users on this site, some crushes were at play. One of those weirdos was MrKijani. How we got together is a long and much confused story, but we are together, and have been for about a year or so.
Now, I'm no longer an active member in this Community. I left mainly because the newer users bothered me in Chat (due to lack of understandable spelling, role play, uninteresting conversation, etc). I leave as a legacy to this site.
Some people that’ve helped change my life:
Mr.Kijani, Poke'slash, Mew, DarkTyphlosion, Trachy, Speed freak, Mike, Ben, Ninja, Starpower, Blobyolo, Dr.Flame, Hex, Sciz, JCM, Ayan, Abnormal/Shadow, Jona, Kyron, AlphaDraconis and a couple other's I have favorited. I hope I didn’t forget anybody.
(Due to character limit, I had to cut out the messages)
My life has been shaped and has become what it has thanks to Pokemon, and this site specifically. It gave me my best friend, my boyfriend, lots of amazing people, and experiences I'll cherish forever. Thank you, Pokemaster, (for stealing the username I wanted) and for making this amazing site that I have been able to flourish on for so many years. Thanks to all my friends, and thank you for reading this entire post. Because it's obnoxiously long.
I love you all. <3