The Bee’s Knees: The Girls of ThisNeedsToStop.com

4 Apr

By Joel

The girls all have birthdays coming up (one each month, for the next three), so I thought this would be a good time to do a post I’ve wanted to do for a while. Girls, this counts as my birthday presents to you.

The Bee’s Knees: The Girls of This Needs to Stop.

Last summer Sarah Carver, Amy Wheaton, and Sylvia Creamer were talking on Twitter about starting a video blog about Gossip Girl.

That, my friends, is how all this silliness got started.

Amy and I had worked together at an ad agency and became friends, Sarah and I were working together at a software company, and Sylvia worked with my former boss and friend, but she and I hadn’t really met officially (beyond a “hi, how are you?” in passing once or twice). But I knew she was cool.

And I also knew that if these girls got together and worked on a project together, it just *had* to be awesome.

So I volunteered to help them with their Gossip Girl show.

And it was so much fun. We all became great friends.

And they’re basically the coolest people I know.

Amy can throw out a one-liner like nobody’s business. She’s an amazing writer and a caring friend. When we used to work together Amy and I carpooled (well, I hitched a ride with her because I’m a moocher), and our drives home after stressful days were some of the most fun I’ve ever had. Amy saw me at my worst when we worked together (stressed to the point of anxiety attacks from work, plus a completely screwed up personal life), but she was always awesome about everything. I’ll never forget that.

Sylvia is distilled sunshine. Or something like that. She’s a super positive and motivated force in our group (which makes her pretty unique). She just makes things happen. When anyone else would just say “you know what would be cool?” or “we should totally do that,” Sylvia just does it. She just makes it happen. She’s the glue. She’s hilarious, has crazier stories than anyone I’ve ever met, and just makes days better. I’m excited that I’ve only known Sylvia for a few months, because it means we’ll only become better friends as time goes on. Which I feel pretty lucky about.

When Sarah started working at the company where we met, within about two days I’d decided that one day we would be best friends. I don’t really know what it was that made me think that, but I just sensed that, yes, we would be friends. And I’d say within about two weeks we were real-life friends, not just coworkers. And we’ve only become even better friends, everyday. She’s absurdly funny and has mannerisms and ways of talking that I have straight-up stolen from her because I love them so much. And I once made her laugh so hard she spit out a Teddy Graham.

So, happy early birthdays to Amy, Sylvia, and Sarah. You guys rock.

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