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I have lost everything, and I'm not sure how to continue. This summer I invested $17,500 (six months salary and my entire life savings) into ornamental gourd futures, hoping to capitalize on this lucrative emerging industry. After watching a video about Vincent Kosuga and his monopoly on onions, I decided I'd try to do something similar with another vegetable. I did some research and found out many agricultural forecasters expected this year's gourd yield would be far smaller than the past, due to deteriorating soil conditions in central Mexico and a warmer-than-average spring. At first, demand soared around Halloween and prices skyrocketed, but the gourd bubble burst on November 12th. Unfortunately, the coronavirus caused a massive drop-off in demand due to fewer families decorating their tables for thanksgiving, and prices plummeted. I had invested early enough that I thought I would still be fine, but then on the morning of December 2nd, a new email in my inbox caused my stomach to turn into a pretzel. The massive gourd shipment from Argentina, scheduled for early March, had arrived. I was planning on selling off my futures right before this, in February, but this ruined everything. To top it off, the gourds in this shipment were absolutely gargantuan, some topping 4 pounds each, causing the price-per-pound to drop like an anchor into the range of 6 cents per pound. I am ruined.
A Twitch Streamer moved cross country to be closer to St. Jude
This is a love story. Only not the kind you think.
This is the story of a pianist named Trevor Gomes, a lifelong Californian, who visited Memphis three years ago for a fundraiser at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. He says he was so “smitten” with the work and the mission he saw unfolding on this rose-hued campus, he uprooted himself from everything familiar — his home, family and friends, and moved cross country to Memphis. All to be close to St. Jude.
No, this is not your typical love story. This is not a meet-cute. This is about a man who fell in love with a cause.
“When I saw what was happening at St. Jude, I felt like a fist in my chest, pulling me to stay here, to be here,” Trevor said.
Like the best love stories, Trevor Gomes stumbled into love, when he wasn’t looking.
When he first heard about St. Jude, it was part of a fundraising opportunity in a virtual game show where Trevor was competing against 13 other up-and-coming streamers on Twitch, the Amazon-owned platform where various gamers, artists and personalities livestream their interests and talents to an online audience.
The winner would get $60,000 to allow them to turn their streaming hobby into a full-time job. Trevor was the only musician in a field heavy with video gamers. He was desperate to win.
Trevor is the millennial version of a pianist in a hotel bar lobby, virtual and fantastically versatile. His viewers bring him a variety of online sheet music, ask him to play and tip him for his performance. He can perform a range from sweeping classical pieces to ebullient Sesame Street-meets-Disney style tunes. Fans of his stream were (and continue to be) drawn to how nimble and playful he is with music and song. Like the time when his tortoiseshell cat Maja hopped on the keyboard mid-stream pawing out a few notes and he built on the melody and played a heady Rachmaninoff-esque piece, calling it “Rach-meow-ninoff.”
He’d begun to build a loyal following and longed to stream regularly, and rely less on the inconsistent gigs he received from the movie studios and entertainment parks in and around Los Angeles. He’d spent years toiling in the background of orchestras on movie scores and in auditions for performers vying for singing gigs in parks or cruises. Trevor said he was worn out with the "gotta make it attitude,” in show business.
On the flight to Memphis, he thought, using his stream to raise as much as possible for St. Jude, could be his way out of the grinding life in L.A.
He spent two days at St. Jude. As a part of the St. Jude PLAY LIVE seminar in April 2018, he took a tour of the campus, played video games with patients, learned of the scope of research, treatment and cures being pioneered here, and in the end, he says quite simply: “I was smitten. I was just crazy about it.”
It’s funny what you remember about first impressions. St. Jude didn’t smell like a hospital, he said. “There wasn’t that mix of cleaning chemicals and plastic and sadness,” he said.
Instead, he remembers natural light streaming in through large windows, interactive videos and sensory walls that sparkled when you moved, and people who smiled and remembered your name, even though you were new and this was your first time in the building.
He remembers playing video games with patients who were competitive and sassy though they were receiving treatment for catastrophic diseases. This was a place that reminded them they were defined by far more than a diagnosis.
All of this moved him. By his third and last day in Memphis, he’d forgotten about winning a contest and began considering moving here. He scoped out local real estate and was pleased to discover it was significantly more affordable than in Long Beach, California, where he struggled to keep up with rent on the small house he shared with two other guys.
The flight home was difficult and unexpectedly emotional for him.
“I was crying the whole flight home and I’m not typically a super emotive person,” he said. “I think it was just that I wanted to be there still. St. Jude became in my mind, this little hub of goodness that I hadn’t seen or found anywhere else and I thought selfishly if I can be close to that hub of goodness, it’ll make me be good.”
He was approaching 30 and it struck him that this was the first time in a long time when he felt a sense of purpose in his life. The last time he’d felt such a strong pull was to music when he was 10 years old.
As a child, music spoke to him. He listened to it all the time, and when he listened, he also tried to play it on his piano. He heard a soundtrack to everything he did. By the time he was in fifth grade, he improvised and composed and put melodies together in such polished and resonant ways, his father once asked him about the new composer he was playing.
“It’s mine,” he had told his father. “I wrote that music.”
From that point on, he knew music would stay in his life, always. He felt the same certainty now, nearly two decades later, about St. Jude. He knew he’d have to be close to it and be involved in the mission in some way.
Not wanting to be too impulsive, he spent another year in California, shoring up his savings for the 1,800-mile move. Along the way, he continued to raise money for St. Jude: $11,000 in 2018, the year he first visited the campus in Memphis, and $25,000 more the following year in May.
He tried to explain to friends and family the magnetic tug he felt to the city on the banks of the Mississippi River. People understood moving for work, of course.
“But who moves to be close to a place that you want to fundraise for? I know it didn’t make sense. But I had to do it,” Trevor said. “It came down to this: Which decision would I regret looking back at this time? Would I regret moving to Memphis? Or would I regret staying in California? And it was clear that I’d regret it if I didn’t move, if I didn’t at least try to make it in Memphis.”
By August 2019, 15 months after his first visit to St. Jude, he was ready. He loaded his piano into one of those large storage pods and shipped it to Memphis. The rest of his life, he crammed into his Honda Civic, along with his father (key for moral support and to help with the drive and unpacking) and of course Maja the cat. They drove 27 hours over two days to get here.
Trevor had rented a home on the northeastern edge of town, an ode to 1970s chic with vaulted wood-beamed ceilings, an imposing stone fireplace and a large brass chandelier that made the spacious living room oddly reminiscent of an old English tavern. It was quirky. Perfect for him. When they arrived over Labor Day weekend, Memphis boasted its hottest temperatures of the year and Trevor realized he’d unfortunately forgotten to connect the utilities to his new home.
In his excitement for a fresh start, he also neglected to realize there was neither stove nor washer and dryer in his new home. Walking through a deserted Walmart at midnight, looking for a camping stove and lamps for his new home, Trevor worried this was an omen. Had he been too rash?
No air conditioning and lights at the hottest time of year in a city where he didn’t know a soul, aside from a couple of folks at ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude. This was not the promising start he’d envisioned.
But slowly and steadily the pieces of his dream to start fresh and have purpose fell into place.
It was a fellow streamer and Memphian who emerged as a hero and friend in his early days. He’d read Trevor had moved to Memphis and offered to help him move his furniture into the home. His computer and keyboard and piano set up just so, Trevor began happily streaming from his living room, and his clout and viewership rose. He was happy and settled and it came across on his stream. Scorching Labor Day weather gave way to a mild fall, and he loved Memphis in autumn, crisp and flush with auburn-colored maples and oaks.
He reached out to St. Jude to explore volunteer opportunities and wondered whether he could be a pianist in Kay Café, providing patients, families, researchers and physicians with a unique, upbeat musical score to their daily lives. But the process to become a performer there proved complicated, so he pivoted and instead worked the registration tables at events like the St. Jude Country Cares Seminar. He also trained to be a hospital tour guide. Over two months, he completed the training and had successfully led a mock tour, but then the COVID-19 pandemic hit and shut down all that.
Still, he found safe ways to fulfill his promise to help St. Jude and used his musical stream on Twitch to raise money for the research hospital’s lifesaving mission. Last spring during the St. Jude PLAY LIVE prize season, he set a goal of $36,000. He raised $115,000.
He is gradually growing his fundraising prowess, still driven by what he saw and experienced on that very first trip to St. Jude. He remembers a wall at St. Jude, illustrating the “ABCs of Cancer,” assigning patients’ drawings and emotions about cancer treatment to each letter of the alphabet. The letter Y particularly struck a chord for him. “Y is for Yucky,” one poster read.
“It’s just such a simple emotion and experience captured with that one word ‘yucky,’ right?” said Trevor, who has raised more than $35,000 this month for St. Jude and will be continuing through the end of May.
“It feels so wrong for any kid to have to go through that, you know, and it’s like a simple equation for me. I’m here; I want to help St. Jude take away the yucky from these kids’ lives.”
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Trevor Moore's 'Whitest Kids U Know' Castmates Speak out in Tearful Stream With Fans
Trevor Moore's collaborators and co-stars from The Whitest Kids U' Know joined fans on a Twitch livestream this weekend to mourn the comedian. Moore passed away on Friday, Aug. 7 in an accident about which the details have still not been fully revealed. His friends and long-time collaborators thanked fans for their support during this difficult time for all of them.
More was 41 years old when he passed away this month, and was survived by his wife and one son. He was perhaps best-known for co-founding the sketch comedy group Whitest Kids U' Know, which began in 1999 and got a TV show in 2006. The show bounced from Fuse to IFC as executives constantly debated the extremely topical and explicit comedy the group produced. All four of Moore's original collaborators were on this weekend's livestream — Zach Cregger, Sam Brown, Timmy Williams and Darren Trumeter.
"It has a meant a whole lot to me — and I know it has meant a lot to Trevor's family — to see the outpouring in this community of love, and all that stuff," Cregger said near the beginning of the stream. "It really has meant a lot. I'm probably going to cry... Thank you guys for all your messages... I've said this before, but Trevor really did feel the love from you guys, this community. It was not just a one-way thing for him."
The four comedians talked about Moore's legacy and his personality for about 1 hour and 40 minutes during the stream. They have done other broadcasts since Moore's passing as well, often remarking on how tight-knit their online fandom has become. They have also given some updates on the group's future projects, including which ones will be completed without Moore.
"We are going to finish Mars!" Gregger revealed in the stream. "All of Trevor's lines are recorded, he has given notes on the animatic, everything that we need to get done is done. So, the Mars that is going to be completed is the Mars that — I want everyone to know — Trevor signed off on."
Mars is an upcoming animated movie the White Kids U' Know have been working on as part of their re-launch. The group reunited during the COVID-19 pandemic for virtual content including videos and live streams, and have been slowly expanding their plans in the months since. Their Twitch stream included a segment called "Self Suck Saturday," which was renamed this weekend into "Sad Suck Saturday."
Their podcast Newsboyz also began as a Twitch segment, but Moore soon dubbed it "the flagship show" of their resurgence. Cregger explained that the latest episode was actually one of the last things Moore ever did. He said: "Trevor died, like, two hours after we finished the final Newsboyz, and we have not uploaded that Newsboyz to YouTube. And the only reason we haven't, is it felt weird to me, because I knew there was just going to be, like, morbid interest in that video... We're going to upload it... I'm really happy to have that one up, because Trevor was in a great — Trevor was a happy guy! His light was a happy night, I'm happy to put that up."0comments
The four comedians outlined some plans for future content but left other aspects of their future together up in the air, not wanting to overshadow the mourning period for Moore with logistical considerations. They are still accepting memberships on Patreon and appearing regularly on Twitch, then uploading those streams to YouTube. There is no word on when the crowdfunded movie Mars will come out.
American baseball player
Trevor Joseph May (born September 23, 1989) is an American professional baseballpitcher for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Minnesota Twins.
May attended Kelso High School in Kelso, Washington. In his senior year, he led the Hilanders to a 25–2 win–loss record, and a second-place finish at the 3A Washington Interscholastic Activities Association baseball championships. He had signed a letter of intent to play at the University of Washington. May was named 3A State Player of the Year by the Washington State Baseball Coaches Association. He graduated in 2008 as class valedictorian.
Philadelphia Phillies organization
May was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the fourth round of the 2008 Major League Baseball draft.
Prior to the 2011 season, May was the Phillies best prospect according to Baseball America That season, while pitching for the Clearwater Threshers, he went 10–8 with a 3.63 earned run average and 208 strikeouts in 151 innings. After the season, he won the Paul Owens Award, which is awarded to the Phillies best minor league pitcher.
Prior to the 2012 season, May was the Phillies' best prospect according to Baseball America. He was ranked 69th in all of baseball.
On December 6, 2012 he was traded, along with Vance Worley, to the Minnesota Twins for Ben Revere. May was named to the 2014 All-Star Futures Game, but withdrew due to injury.
May made his major league debut on August 9, 2014, against the Oakland Athletics. He had been pitching well for the Rochester Red Wings of the Class AAAInternational League, but lasted only two innings, throwing 28 of 63 pitches for strikes, walking seven, allowing four earned runs, and not striking out a batter. May got his first major league win on September 3, 2014 as the Twins beat the Chicago White Sox at home, 11–4. He pitched 5.1 innings allowing 6 hits and 3 earned runs while striking out 6.
In 2016, he was 2–2 with a 5.27 ERA as a reliever, before his season ended with a back injury that was diagnosed as a stress fracture. In March 2017 an MRI revealed that May had a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow. On March 21, it was revealed that May would undergo Tommy John surgery, therefore ending his 2017 season.
May began the 2018 season on the 60-day disabled list. He was activated on June 6, and optioned to Triple-A. For the Twins in 2019, May recorded a 2.94 ERA and 5-3 record with 79 strikeouts in 64.1 innings of work. In 2020, May had an ERA of 3.86 in 23+1⁄3 innings with 38 strikeouts.
New York Mets
On December 2, 2020, May signed a two-year contract worth $15.5 million with the New York Mets.
May has an avid interest in electronic music, previously using the pseudonym DJ HEYBEEF; more recently, DJ MAZR, and streams on Twitch. May described himself as "a partnered Twitch Streamer, a DJ, a Social Media connoisseur, an esports Entrepreneur, a gaming tournament organizer and commentator, and obviously an exceptional writer." May is a co-owner of Winston's Lab, an "Esports Lab" that focuses on measuring players' and teams' performance in Overwatch League (OWL). In February 2017, May signed with Canadian professional esports organization, Luminosity Gaming as a streamer. May co-hosts the "May Contain Action" podcast along with Twitch Streamer Paul "actionjaxon" Jackson.
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IamTrevorMay grew up playing video games with his best friend who lived two doors down from him. His friend’s dad was into building computers, so they had access to fiber internet long before many others, as well as a PS2 on which to play on as much as they liked. Some of the games that they played when they were younger included Age of Empires, all three Warcraft games. They then mainly played World of Warcraft and League of Legends when they were older.
He debuted as a rookie in the Major League Baseball circuit in 2008 as part of the Philadelphia Phillies. He was then traded to the Minnesota Twins in December 2012, where has remained aside from a hiatus in 2017 during which time he was recovering from an injury to his right elbow.
During that time, he decided to get back into video games, had he had set himself a rule against playing video games except during off-seasons so that it wouldn’t interfere with his baseball schedule.
Prior to streaming fulltime, he worked as a DJ and then as a pitcher for the Minnesota Twins, whom he still represents.
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