You know you're addicted to FIRST when...


#1701

When you use madewithcode.com to make yourself a 3d printed bracelet with your team name and number on it.


#1702

You see a family buying pool noodles, and you think, “Naah, they’re not building a robot.”


#1703

This year, more applicable than ever!


#1704

When everytime you see the number 107 you freak out and yell your team’s once-in-a-day chant, “What time is it?! one-oh-seven!”


#1705

… you start looking at colleges based on robotics clubs.
… you know you’re gonna miss the competitions and building.
… after working on your robot, you go home and think about working on your robot.
… you suddenly have 500 extra points on your Subway rewards card.
… Subway freezes your rewards card after a “mysterious string of 8 purchases” (even though each purchase only added points…)
… you envy the sleeping.
… after a 43-hour day filled with 480+ miles (10+ hours) of driving solo, 4 hours of programming, all-night laser tag, and then 11 hours of driving a bot, you’d still rather be competing than sleeping.
… you register on a forum just to post what you love about FIRST :smiley:


#1706

When you see numbers and immediately know the team name and founding year.

When your entire family realizes that you are all in it for life.


#1707

When every one of those links in the New Tab Page of Chrome that are based on what pages you visit the most takes you to a different thread on Chief Delphi.


#1708

when even your dank memes are robotics related

happy 420 btw


#1709

You know you’re addicted to FIRST when instead of doing work in class you’re working on your logic for that nights programming.


#1710

When there’s absolutely no way you’re sleeping tonight because you’re leaving for St. Louis tomorrow morning.


#1711

… when your passcode to your phone is your team number


#1712

You buy gamepiece totes from AndyMark to take stuff to college… And gamepiece noodles just because.


#1713

It’s July, and in your SUV, you have ten pool noodles, half a dozen new AM wheels, a brand new cRIO, PDP, VRM and talon breakouts. There’s also blue and red burlap, a riveter, four boxes of rivets, a velcro strip that’s going to be used as a tennis ball conveyor belt, two 8’ lengths of one-by ripped to five inches wide, and a few other robotic odds and ends. You may also have about two cubic feet of pecan and 20’ length of open cell foam, but those are separate stories.

Oh, yeah - and a long-sleeve denim shirt and two pairs of safety glasses.


#1714

You might be addicted to FIRST when Google keeps suggesting you to set your work location to where you have team meetings.


#1715

You’re more concerned about getting blood on the robot than the fact that you just got hurt.


#1716

You see the sunset and the sunrise in the same build session


#1717

I go right to the shop from work on build nights, and a few days ago my phone (Droid Turbo), which automatically gives ETAs to/from home/work at the beginning and end of the day, gave me the ETA to “Home”…except it was routing me to the shop.


#1718

… you pull out the new radio and fangirl over the small size
… you spend more time with your team than your friends
… you start coming up with ideas of what to say for this thread


#1719

I knew I couldn’t be the only one!


#1720

you spam refresh here in hope to see 118’s robot reveal come up