From my Heart, Thanks!

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  1. MrMeches

    MrMeches New Member

    Nats, a Newbs Perspective

    So as long as my son and I have been in Pokemon, we have never been to Nationals. This year would end that in a BIG way. Demetre had his deck ready to go and the airline ticket in hand when our buddy Adrian showed up to take us and the Smith Boys to the airport Weds. It was all nerves and excitement on the plane wondering how not only he, but I would do. Thankfully I have a great home base in Fort Worth and Dallas so it was not that easy to find a friend to look to for some words of encouragement.

    MasterProfessorBirch, my dad (inside info), shared our flight and we arrived at Columbus in the afternoon and found the family taxi! Off to the Hyatt! It was a great locale, and the rooms were nice, beds were full of pillows and the air-conditioning was at 60 so things were good to go since my heart rate was pounding and blood pressure rising with anxiety and nerves.

    Finally, we go eat at Barley’s and see Dave, Pete, and Mike there and I thank them for this opportunity. They remind me not to thank them now as we have only just begun and to let them know at the end if it was everything I expected! What a great group of guys, honestly!

    So Staff meeting and I finally get to put faces with names and meet Blizzard our Masters Head Judge and he is everything I expected and more. The appearance may seem intimidating, but the soul is pleasant and kind and I would lean on that in the days to come. PokePop and Chrisbo were also in the Masters and again, knowledge is power so absorbing their insight on things allowed me to really grow. Thursday the Judges did pick up events and I finally got to get my feet wet a bit in the Nats forum. Things were illusive to how Saturday would go because of the sheer numbers we would encounter. Nonetheless, I was there to do the job and kept reminding myself that it depends on my Impartial and unbiased rulings to make the event fair and fun.. the whole purpose of the weekend!

    The professor Cup comes and goes and thing were starting to build within me as to the final numbers, 500+ in the Masters and we, the Staff, didn’t skip a beat. Pulling together and learning from one another as if it were an all day seminar of Pokemon was just fantastic. The first round jitters got the best of me, but then I realized it was no different than back home in North Texas working for MPB, just more people. Needless-to-say, I found my stride Round 2 and never looked back. Throughout the 9 rounds of Pokemon action, I would gain endless amounts of support and knowledge form some of the best in the Country, all directed by Blizz, the big man with soft voice and great direction. He allowed us to use his presence when needed but ultimately looked to us to make sometimes difficult decisions and assist when we were faltering, which didn’t happen often! BDS gave great indirect assistance and when a major issue for me arose, we came to a very conclusive, fair, and more importantly positive decision. My confidence never shook again. The real Fish was there to stay.

    This experience led to the Greatest Pokemon moment for me individually that I ever have achieved, being assigned to the US Naitonal Finals Match. This was an accomplishment recognized by my peers and more importantly, after things were done, by players that approached me and said that it couldn’t have happened to a better guy. Being humble I accepted their well wishes and tried to dismiss this as that is who I am. Praise is wonderful, but I know that I am imperfect and learning moment by moment.

    Later that evening at the Staff meeting, I was astonished by the well wishes from everyone and the continued congratulations on a successful journey that has allowed me to grow within the Family we all Love.

    I want to give a great recognition to those that have had the confidence in my abilities and to those that have supported me throughout the week. To Pete, Dave and Mike, OP wouldn’t be what it is today without the three of you. As much as you thanked us, it is you 3 that continue to make this game grow to the size it is and also bring together the family we have created. Thanks for an unforgettable Week and hope that more will come in the Future!

    To Blizz, our Head Judge of Masters, I got your back 100%. The time we spent together shows the greatness of a man that has the stars in front of him. Many blessings in your future Sir, and if you ever need someone to reach out to, brother I am there!

    To BDS, intimidating as you may appear, there is just a big teddy bear and joy inside of you. Thanks for your encouragement to all the Judging staff for all age groups.

    To my Peers in which we Teamed together United to present the most Fair and Fun event we could with positive structure, I thank you for all of your insights and I take from you a core group that will always be tops.

    To my Daddy, MPB, I will continue to do the best I can to represent the Mentor you have been and show the rest of the US. I look forward to the day that I can pass the knowledge you have given to me on to another in the hopes that your legacy will continue.

    TO my Friends and Family, my continued success is a direct reflection of the people that surround me. From all of you I find the Strength, Courage, Wisdom and Humbleness that pushes me to do the Very Best I can!

    Last but not Least to my wife. Thanks for the opportunity you give me regularly to be a Big Kid again and do something that means a lot to me. You are my true driving force and without you, I am nothing!

    I can’t wait for World’s. Though we won’t be there in person, we will be thinking of the entire Pokemon Family that just continues to grow!

    Thanks for considering me part of the Family!

    Danny Fish
  2. the_sniper

    the_sniper New Member

    Your the classiest guy in Pokemon Fish. And I can't say thanks enough to you my friend ;)

    Worlds won't be the same w/out you.

    Take care Fish!
  3. Prime

    Prime Content Developer<br>Blog Admin<br>Contest Host

    DANNY I LOVE YOU...I mean, seriously, you are a fantastic person. Why is your name MrMeches, I don't think I ever asked you that. Thanks for the Pizza, and thanks for hanging out. I hope we can do it again in the future.

  4. Cyrus

    Cyrus Iron Chef - Master Emeritus

    Great, great work, Danny. You do the area proud.
  5. Rocketman

    Rocketman New Member

    Danny, I promise to let you give me the next game loss..........
    Good job man!
  6. BLiZzArD

    BLiZzArD New Member

    Mr Fish you are awesome thank you for the praise. Please know I'd play back up to you any day of the week Thank you for making my job easier please stay in touch.

  7. DarkJake

    DarkJake New Member

    Hey you were a pretty chill judge, cya next year
  8. spookees

    spookees Active Member

    Danny Fish? WOW, you told us it was "Meat" :)

    You will be soooo missed at Worlds. I finally got to know the REAL you and it was truly a pleasure on Sunday nite :)
    Best staff dinner... I think Birch needs to learn a few moves from you now :)

    Keep in touch.....
  9. EeveeLover

    EeveeLover Member Services Administrator

    Danny, It was great to work with you this weekend. I had a lot of fun and learned a lot of new things, not just from you, but everyone on the team.

    Masters Judges FTW!!
  10. spazcrackers

    spazcrackers New Member

    what can i say danny,you were just being yourself. take care bud and 'til next time.

  11. MrMeches

    MrMeches New Member

    Sylver... we already discussed in detail on the way back to the hotel how it is a beautiful situation that we get put ther for each other right we need it most. Our friendship is one that will endure and I was so glato see you back to your self! Take care brother and hope you do well at World's!!

    Hey Matt! I love you too man! We will discuss later why my name so MrMeches! We def need to hang out more in the future and don't forget what we talked about on the school thing!! You are a Great Guy and will definitely make the right choice!! GL to you and see you soon!!

    Thanks Brutha! It has been a long road but I am glad to finally show where we come from and how we do things in Texas! From top to bottom, All the Players in our area have helped me learn the skills I possess and my accomplishments reflect our North Texas Family! Hope you do well at World'sand see you next season!

    I was hoping for hte DQ on you there Bro!! Your a great leader and more importantly, always a joy t obe around!! Will see you next season for sure!!

    Definitely will stay in touch. Hoefully we can grow our friendship into something great. You and John are class acts and I am glad our paths crossed in a positive way! GL at World's and I know things from Nats will carry on for you there!! Nothing but succes to you Blizz!

    Thanks DarkJake! You and your crew were nice ot be around, made me feel young again! Hope to see you there!

    Now that I took the night to explain to my wife what we discussed at dinner, It was so much fun meeting you! Hope to do it again next year and make it even more memorable!! You people were fanatastic all tourny and it doens't surprise me be seeing where the pulled it from you SEXY LADY!! <3 Curves FTW!

    Our team was fantastic and you were right there with me for most of everything!! It was such great fun working with you and I look forward to doing it again!

    Thanks B! Glad we got to talk more this weekend and also glad you kept things light hearted!! See you soon I am sure when next season starts up!!

  12. RainbowRichards

    RainbowRichards Active Member

    @ Matt - Well, at least it's better than the old Pojo nick - CmonIWanaPLaYa !!! lolol

    @ Danny - was really glad you finally got the chance to make a Nats, and hob-nob with the PokeGym folks, OP crew, and other Big Names in the PokeCommunity (shout out to Ken, John and John, Pat, et. al!!!)

    *crawling back under my rock now...*
  13. meganium45

    meganium45 Active Member

    I know you are not looking for any more pats on the back, but you were a great choice for Nats for this year and in the future. If I have to sit on the side from time to time and let people like you take my place, people like YOU are exactly why I am happy to do it!

    Hopefully we will see you next year in Oklahoma...scary to think I met you over 5 years ago, at a big event in the middle of Texas...

    Looked like Dme has developed the same "Fear of the Barber" that my oldest son has! What happened to the little cute kids???

    See you soon!

  14. homeofmew

    homeofmew Active Member

    Danny, you should have seen yourself Saturday night and Sunday.
  15. MrMeches

    MrMeches New Member

    Yeah, it was Great Fun and we had a blast! The opportunity was everything I hoped it would be and more! I love this Game and more so I love the Business Side of it!!

    RIght, isn't it crazy! Vince, you and the gang are always welcome in Texas!! And a Pat on the Back from you is an accomplishment as I know you don't just hand them out all willy nilly. *Tip of the Hat to You* Hope to se oyu soon and get the Rematch in! I say Unlimited Commons wiht no more than 2 of the same named card in the deck!

    Those little cute kids are growing and preparing to kick us in the pants *at least try*! It is nice to know that when needed, Poke Dads can unite and smack them around *at least in something as they still run me over in this game, where did the fun go??*

    Take care Vince!! See you soon! wOOt CHAW!!

    Is that a good thing or bad thing?? After the event, it is no holds barred... during it is all business! *Hand Check!*

    Can't wait to see some of you at World's! It just makes this PokeFamily that much more significant when we can come together in a World environment!

    Remember, SOTG ALWAYS!!:thumb:

  16. JandPDS

    JandPDS New Member

    I was not curious before but now I am why did you choose Mr. Meches?
  17. MrMeches

    MrMeches New Member

    My sons name is Demetre and his mom and Aunt gave him the nickname Mech (like Peach) so then they made a song up when he was a baby that went Meches Peaches etc. and Meches stuck so since I am dad, I am MrMeches. Weird I know, but Pokemon is our Father Son Time and so it felt appropriate.

    Hope that Helps!

  18. Prime

    Prime Content Developer<br>Blog Admin<br>Contest Host

    I thought you said you wouldn't be at Worlds...well, that's cool you will be there. Will you be grinding in, or will you be on staff on Sat/Sun?
  19. MrMeches

    MrMeches New Member

    Well, initially I wasn't going to be there but the Poke Gods bestowed upon me great oppotunity and I will be Judging Masters!

    So see you there Sexy Man <3 Matt!


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