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I don't usually put much in here and when I do it's random so enjoy it.
You're Gonna Carry That Weight.
Three thousand, seven hundred, and sixty two days ago I followed the suggestion of a friend to check out a site called Go-Gaia. I found its forums filled with anime and roleplay-loving individuals and quickly became wrapped up in its interesting world. I worked my way up the ranks and became a Moderator to use my free time to give back to the site I enjoyed so much. Only a few weeks after I graduated college, this turned into an opportunity to work as a software engineer alongside some of the names I had only seen in forum posts. I packed all I could into two suitcases then hopped on a plane and flew across the country to begin my journey as a Dev in Silicon Valley. This journey would take me places I had never expected like meeting the woman I would make my wife, making an adorable Corgi puppy part of our family, and forging friendships that will last a lifetime. Professionally, I grew from a newbie in over his head into the Events Lead, responsible for coming up with games and activities to be played and enjoyed by users from around the world. Without Gaia, I'm sure things would have turned out much differently for me and I'll forever be in debt to the Gaian entity that gave me these amazing chances. As a result, it is with a certain sense of disbelief that I inform you all that yesterday was my last as a Gaia Dev.

Now, before anyone thinks up any kind of conspiracy behind my departure, I want to be perfectly clear. This is MY decision. I was not fired. I was not let go. No one in management or any other department is pressuring me to leave or trying to get rid of me in any way. I have spent my time with Gaia building fun events and games, fixing bugs with old/making new features on the site, and doing what I could to make the experience on the site as enjoyable as it could be. I do not regret a second of that time, however, I have received an offer from a tech company back home and believe that it's time to use/challenge my skills elsewhere. Accepting this offer allows me to work for a global company which will significantly advance my professional career and puts my feet in a much larger door, exposing me to all sorts of new ways of doing things. It also means that I get to move back to where I grew up and be closer to my family which is really important to me. As a bonus, the cost of living there is far cheaper than it is here in the Bay Area (as anyone who has lived here can attest to) so my wife and I will be able to start planning for our future.

I can't put into words how much I'll miss you all and I'm sorry that I won't be around to build your events anymore. I hope you enjoyed the events I did make and will continue to enjoy the games and features that I helped make or fix up. I'll still be around on the site since there's no way I could fully leave this place after almost 11 years so drop me a PM if you ever want to chat. I'm hoping to have some time to grow my personal development projects as well, so if you care to follow along to see what I'm up to, feel free to add me on Twitter (@Fuzzgoat).

You've been great and I couldn't have asked for a better audience for my work. Thank you all for the last 2 1/2 years, you're why I am where I am now.

Sincerely,
Chris Fivecoate aka Uncle Kenny
Gaia Online Events Lead 2012 - 2014, Developer 2011 - 2014, and User 2003 - The End


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I know that was pretty heavy and for anybody that wants a little pick me up, I present to you my own personal Ein alongside the plush Ein that I own. And if you're interested in following along with her Corgi-shenanigans, you can follow my wife's Tumblr and Instagram (Yeah, we know we're easy to find, it's alright).


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    "It was an absolute pleasure with you being here on Gaia and you will be missed greatly smilies/icon_heart.gif"

    comment Phantom Anon · Community Member · Wed Feb 12, 2014 @ 06:38pm
    Good luck with your new job opportunity and may you have a great future. We will all miss you, but it's for the best as it helps your career.

    Just saying, your events were the best I've ever had in Gaia and I enjoyed them. I bet others have enjoyed it as much as I have.

    comment Zefius · Site Moderator · Wed Feb 12, 2014 @ 06:41pm
    You are n amazing man and this is a great loss to the team. We will all miss you and I wish you and Naki all the best <3

    comment coldheartedangel · Site Moderator · Wed Feb 12, 2014 @ 07:00pm
    smilies/icon_crying.gif smilies/icon_crying.gif smilies/icon_crying.gif smilies/icon_crying.gif smilies/icon_crying.gif smilies/icon_crying.gif smilies/icon_crying.gif smilies/icon_crying.gif

    I'll miss you SO DAMN MUCH!!!
    Thank you for all your hard work, especially when users got all prickly.
    Thank you for always being there for the community!

    Thank you for all you've done for us T^T You'll be missed for sure, but I hope you will excel in your new job and I know that you'll do great!! smilies/icon_heart.gif

    Much love to you and your wife as you embark on your new adventure, I'd love to see you about on Gaia after you move.

    I'm so sad.... and happy at the same time! U conFUz me u cray man.

    comment Sand Dancer Shaka · Community Member · Wed Feb 12, 2014 @ 07:05pm
    Good luck Kenny, we'll miss you. smilies/icon_sad.gif smilies/icon_heart.gif

    comment Tobi-chann · Community Member · Wed Feb 12, 2014 @ 07:06pm
    TL;DR

    comment AS Roma v69 · Community Member · Wed Feb 12, 2014 @ 07:07pm
    It's a shame to see you go, Kenny. Say it ain't so. ): It's sad to see another beloved Gaia staff taking their leave. What are we going to do without you?
    Sure, the silver lining is you weren't laid off, and that you're going elsewhere to further your career, and I'm happy for you. I guess it's bittersweet.
    Will you still drop us a line here, sometimes? Don't ever forget the Gaia community, man. We love you so much. smilies/icon_crying.gif

    comment Nirvash the Stampede · Community Member · Wed Feb 12, 2014 @ 07:08pm
    "Well here’s another great moment in the legend of Spike, famous bounty hunter and dog walker."

    good luck, you will be missed

    comment edokitty · Community Member · Wed Feb 12, 2014 @ 07:11pm
    Sorry to see you go but I'm glad to see you move on to bigger and better things.
    Thanks for all the hard work you've put into Gaia and the community!

    All the best for the future!

    comment Sacher Torte · Community Member · Wed Feb 12, 2014 @ 07:12pm
    oh man im gonna bawl

    comment MURKR0W · Community Member · Wed Feb 12, 2014 @ 07:12pm
    Good Bye and Good Luck, Uncle Kenny.

    Go get them, Space Cowboy.

    comment EviCa · Community Member · Wed Feb 12, 2014 @ 07:14pm



    Good luck in your new job. It sounds like a wonderful opportunity. smilies/icon_heart.gif

    Thank you for all your hard-work and dedication to the site.




    comment MoonRosePetal · Forum Assistant · Wed Feb 12, 2014 @ 07:14pm
    I never actually ever spoke to you but I have always greatly appreciated everything you've done for this site.
    You will be greatly missed but I know how important family is and how when you get an outstanding opportunity you should take it. Congratulations and good luck in all your future endeavors, sir.


    Kudos on using Beatles lyrics in your title for this post. XD

    comment Mississippi Black Velvet · Community Member · Wed Feb 12, 2014 @ 07:16pm
    This brings me great sadness. I truly feel like you are one of the only folks working here who tries to communicate with us.

    The events of last year were fantastic!

    Good luck out there, man!

    comment Yeata Zi · Community Member · Wed Feb 12, 2014 @ 07:18pm
    You have been an absolute joy and pleasure to watch and interact with as a part of the Gaia Interactive team, and we are beyond gifted to have had you working there for us. smilies/icon_heart.gif On behalf of the entire userbase, I think I can safely say that we don't know where we will be without you. It's really exciting that you'll be able to focus on your family and personal growth, and we're thrilled that you'll stay on with our community too. You're a sincere, talented, insanely hardworking guy, and we really can't wait to see where you go. Gaia has lost a truly valuable member of what makes it glow and thrive, and no one will ever be able to take the place you've made for yourself here. As a user, thank you so much. Thank you for everything you've done for us. Your contributions and communication have definitely made my experience on this site above and beyond what is would have been otherwise. Looking forward to seeing what comes next for you! smilies/icon_heart.gif

    comment Sweatpants Princess · Community Member · Wed Feb 12, 2014 @ 07:20pm
    On to the next galaxy. smilies/icon_heart.gif

    comment .~.Lady_Aji.~. · Community Member · Wed Feb 12, 2014 @ 07:20pm
    smilies/icon_sad.gif

    Wish you didn't leave smilies/icon_heart.gif

    We will miss you!!!!

    comment Twerk it like Miley Cyrus · Community Member · Wed Feb 12, 2014 @ 07:24pm
    It was wonderful having you around - an absolute pleasure - and you will be severely missed by everyone! That being said, I wish you nothing but the best of luck in the rest of your life and future endeavors! Don't forget us!~ smilies/icon_heart.gif

    comment Impish Perversions · Community Member · Wed Feb 12, 2014 @ 07:25pm
    You will be missed smilies/icon_sad.gif I really appreciate all the work you've put into the site, and I know things won't be the same without you. That said, I'm really happy for you and this opportunity! I wish you guys all the best <3

    See you, Space Cowboy...

    comment Da-Eh · Community Member · Wed Feb 12, 2014 @ 07:30pm
    Oh man, I think I might cry. emotion_smilies/icon_8C.png I've always enjoyed your events and the effort you put into this site. You always tried to help the community and connect with the users. You will be greatly missed and we'll never forget you. I hope you have a wonderful life! smilies/icon_heart.gif

    comment Daily Zuppa · Community Member · Wed Feb 12, 2014 @ 07:30pm
    Dude, not gonna lie, that got me teary eyed. We'll miss ya here at gaia but honestly leaving is realisticlly the best decision for your future. Congrats on the new job with room for growth. I'm a military wife stationed literally across the entire country from my family so I sincerely am happy for you to return to your family. Also, saving up for your future...yay babies!

    Good luck!

    Thanks for all the fish!

    comment PinkFae15 · Community Member · Wed Feb 12, 2014 @ 07:31pm
    In all sincerity and honesty, there is a pain in my chest reading this. Best of luck, Uncle Kenny, in your future endeavors. You should know that you're the high water mark on this site, and whoever may come along is going to have some enormous, galaxy-sized shoes to fill. Peace out!

    comment Bleeding Apocalypse · Community Member · Wed Feb 12, 2014 @ 07:32pm
    Holy jesus you will be missed kenny thank you for all of your work TT^TT
    I hope you have luck in life kenny


    comment Kyubiy · Community Member · Wed Feb 12, 2014 @ 07:34pm
    Good luck with your future job! While you will still be around, you'll surely be missed as a developer for Gaia events and such. Best of luck! c:

    comment Ingou · Community Member · Wed Feb 12, 2014 @ 07:36pm
    I knew it, haha. All of our great devs are moving onto greater pastures. I wish you best of luck, and have a wonderful future with your family. :3

    Man, California sure takes its toll on the folks who live there. Makes me wonder why expenses/etc couldn't be more uniform all around.

    comment Yen Quest · Community Member · Wed Feb 12, 2014 @ 07:40pm
    smilies/icon_gonk.gif

    Have fun at your new home/job/wherever Uncle Kenshin!!!!
    And put those sword techniques technical-dev-computer-stuff to good use as you did here!!!

    You will be sorely missed! smilies/icon_crying.gif



    comment CioccoLatte · Community Member · Wed Feb 12, 2014 @ 07:41pm
    I fully understand when you speak of all those benefits, I mean, you're married so you'll be starting a family of your own and you have to think of that as well. We must all move on eventually.

    I wish you the very best for the future and thank you so much for all the work you have done, to this very day, the events were always one of the highlights of Gaia for me

    I can't put it into words how I feel ;u ; but thank you again

    comment Lagorama · Community Member · Wed Feb 12, 2014 @ 07:43pm
    Best of luck with your new job!

    comment The Amazing Arya · Community Member · Wed Feb 12, 2014 @ 07:49pm
    "Iä! Iä! Cthulhu fhtagn!"


    Good luck man in future endeavors and you will be missed.

    I wish nothing but the best for you.


    "Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wagh’nagl fhtagn."


    comment Calelith · Community Member · Wed Feb 12, 2014 @ 07:51pm
    Thank you so much for always keeping us in the loop :3

    comment DJ Twissta · Community Member · Wed Feb 12, 2014 @ 07:59pm
    We'll miss you, more than you'll ever know, but even so -- congrats on the job opportunity and the chance to move back to be closer to your family. That's hugely important, and I know it'll turn out for the best.

    Good luck with everything! See you, Space Cowboy~

    comment Valentine · Community Member · Wed Feb 12, 2014 @ 08:03pm
    I will also miss you. And I do hope to still see you around as well.
    Enjoy the life back home with your family. I wish all the best.

    ~See you, Space Cowboy.

    comment ChaosTrooper · Community Member · Wed Feb 12, 2014 @ 08:18pm
    Good luck with everything, and thanks for all you've done for Gaia, through the highs and the lows. Take care, man, and here's to a bold new future!

    comment Ashercroix · Community Member · Wed Feb 12, 2014 @ 08:18pm
    Hey.

    I've read many of your posts, and appreciate all the hard work you've done for this site and its community. I sincerely wish you and yours the very best on your future endeavors, soldier.

    From one developer to another
    * salutes *

    ________________
    - Ziro out.

    comment Ziro Officer · Community Member · Wed Feb 12, 2014 @ 08:18pm
    Best of luck with new job smilies/icon_smile.gif
    Indeed family is really important and i'm glad to hear that you and your wife will start on new project back in town.

    You'll be missed a lot, please take care and hope to see you around smilies/icon_smile.gif


    Doggy is too cutey emotion_smilies/icon_dowant.png smilies/icon_heart.gif *wants a corgi puppy now*

    comment Momoka · Community Member · Wed Feb 12, 2014 @ 08:24pm
    See you Space Cowboy...

    comment Pre-Birth · Community Member · Wed Feb 12, 2014 @ 08:25pm
    Thank you so much for your work and support UK. You will be a missed part of the overall Gaian community. I look forward to getting to know you as a user and not as an admin. Your work will be missed, for you can see the love you put into it. No matter what the haters think, you still have a fan in Apple cat_smilies/icon_nodding.gif

    See you next time space cowboy....................


    comment Apple Blossom19 · Community Member · Wed Feb 12, 2014 @ 08:25pm
    Damn this is sad. I didn't know you personally... EXCEPT THAT ONE TIME I BUGGED THE CRAP OUT OF YOU FOR VERGE LOL. I am truly sorry for that since Verge is a scam anyway. I FEEL LIKE YOU'RE LEAVING BECAUSE OF ME! nojk but I feel like Gaia is going to suck even more without you. OTL Have fun though and good luck :')

    comment Castle Town · Community Member · Wed Feb 12, 2014 @ 08:26pm
    I've always enjoyed the events and how much effort went into each of them. Sorry to see you go and I wish you all the best!

    comment harpsdesire · Community Member · Wed Feb 12, 2014 @ 08:30pm
    Bye Uncle Kenny! I wasn't really around during your 2 1/2 years as a event coordinator and all that you've done, but from what I was able to experienced in the last couple months I will miss you!

    Hope to see you around in the forums and good luck to you on your future!

    comment Sansuii · Community Member · Wed Feb 12, 2014 @ 08:33pm
    Thank you so much for the work you've done for the site, and for being awesome to the community. You're really going to be missed, but I'm also happy to hear that you have an opportunity for greater success, and I wish you all the best in your future endeavours. emotion_smilies/icon_heart.gif

    Adorable corgi btw!

    comment Chixen · Community Member · Wed Feb 12, 2014 @ 08:39pm
    I'm really going to miss seeing you around, but I'm happy to know that you get to work closer to your family and will be able to progress further in your career.

    Seeya, Kenny. I wish you the best of luck.

    comment Razumi Yazura · Site Moderator · Wed Feb 12, 2014 @ 08:45pm
    is it bad that i feel bad for zero? here, you and him are great pals and who can he have nerf fights with? or even the joking shipping.

    it been a fun ride and i am glad to have met you in person. i'll be seeing you around here. smilies/icon_biggrin.gif

    comment scullylam · Community Member · Wed Feb 12, 2014 @ 08:46pm
    We are gonna miss you real bad. Hopefully you will still be around as a member and we will see you still in the Forums.

    comment Nyadriel · Community Member · Wed Feb 12, 2014 @ 09:06pm
    I'm going to miss you so much, Uncle Kenny! Your dedication and willingness to communicate with the userbase will be very much missed. Thank you for all that you have done to the site, and I wish you luck in your future endeavors.

    BTW, your IRL surname is pretty awesome.

    comment Teabo Milk Tea · Community Member · Wed Feb 12, 2014 @ 09:10pm
    You will be missed. I always appreciated how often you took the time to speak to the community. I hope your future holds many good things!

    (And you're totally going to miss California weather..)

    comment Virgo Whiskers · Community Member · Wed Feb 12, 2014 @ 09:29pm
    Good bye, and good luck. We'll all miss you.
    And thanks for the years of work you've put into this site.

    comment TS Sailor Cronus · Community Member · Wed Feb 12, 2014 @ 09:37pm
    Sounds like you're getting a much better deal all around with this new job, but we will all miss you being part of the dev team. Good luck to you and your wife~

    comment Daffodil the Destroyer · Community Member · Wed Feb 12, 2014 @ 09:49pm
    oh noo i will misssss youuuu (but i am not as active on gaia anymore either). since you don't have tumblr.. i will follow your wife on there and stare at cute Corgi pictures.
    good luck with your new job!

    comment FrostyPeaches · Community Member · Wed Feb 12, 2014 @ 09:51pm
    Thank you for everything that you've done. From the bottom of our hearts.

    comment Long Live The Ice · Community Member · Wed Feb 12, 2014 @ 09:54pm
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