SHODDS started just before the S8 premiere, as a sort of tongue-in-cheek alternative to some of the more rabid M/S shipper cliques at alt.tv.x-files. I was, at the time, a noromo, and was just sick of hearing things like "You can't stand to see Mulder and Scully in love because you have no life" (I have), and "If you don't see the chemistry between Mulder and Scully then you're just deluded" (I don't, and I'm not), and so on. I was also really annoyed by the number of posts from people who were prepared to hate Doggett sight unseen. So, I started thinking, how could I really piss these people off?
After some deliberation, I decided that that it would be fun to set up an organization devoted to perceiving a relationship between Scully and Doggett whether or not one even existed. If the shippers could count touches, over-analyze every single instance of eye contact, insist that anyone who didn't share their narrow little view was a deluded loser, and interpret every word and act as evidence of undying love all while having no real evidence, well, so could we. Mostly we just wanted to parody the shippers.
We, being in the beginning, just two. Me, and my Rottweiler, Tyson, who is named for the singer/songwriter, not the fighter-rapist. I started talking with spookycc about my idea. She was, at the time, a rabid shipper, and her emails were full of references to "Dogbert," "Dogbreath," "Dogshit" and so on. She was also insisting that she wanted Scully with Mulder and no one else. I started playing with acronyms, and after a couple of false starts, came up with SHODDS - Slobbering, Howling, Obsessed Dana/Doggett Shippers.
As a gift to me, spookycc designed the original SHODDS site at Homestead. I wanted to make her an honorary SHODDS. She didn't want to be associated with SHODDS in any way. So for a long time, it was just Tyson and me. But when the eps began airing, spook discovered that although she hadn¹t expected to like Doggett, she really couldn¹t find fault with him. Still insisted she was *never* gonna be a SHODDS, though.
Then, when "Roadrunners" aired, at the very moment when Doggett carried Scully off the bus, I felt a disturbance in the Force. And I smiled evilly to myself and said, "spookycc just crossed over to our side." And sure enough, when I opened up my email the next day, lo and behold, SHODDS had *three* members!
For so long, so very, very long, it was just the three of us. But I kept plugging SHODDS at atxf (and taking a lot of crap for it), and a wondrous thing happened - emails started trickling in. People were actually taking this thing seriously! Requesting membership in something that I honestly thought would never be more than an in-your-face gesture toward the shippers.
One of the members who has been with us since the early days is CRHarmony, aka LJP, aka Sarah. She offered to help with the web page, and her knowledge and ability are, I think, in no small part responsible for our growth. Sarah suggested moving the site to Yahoo, and she added a mailing list. She was swiftly appointed Communications Officer, and since then has done a kick-ass job looking after this whole wonderful thing.
The real growth for SHODDS began when the DD eps started airing. Every time Mulder appeared, I could count on a few messages on Monday from people wanting to board what was now being referred to as "The Dogship." I appointed myself Captain and named spookycc First Mate. A new member asked if the Dogship was a real place, so I figured, well, why not? As we acquired more members, a discussion arose over spelling, and we decided it should be "Doggship." I always envisioned the Doggship as a spacecraft, but one member was picturing it as a sea-going vessel. So Chief Engineer Kabbie modified the ship so it could go on sea *or* into space.
Everyone who boarded the Doggship took a job in tune with their own talents. We have a tailor, a nurse, a number of entertainers, bar staff who work in the DoggKollar Lounge, a shrink, a weapons guru, an interior decorator, and so much more.
The only trouble was, it's expensive maintaining a Doggship. We needed a source of income. So we started beating up shippers and stealing their allowances and lunch money to finance our drinking in the lounge and renovations to the Doggship. We also decided to sue Chris Carter for mental anguish, loss of quality of life, and general unspecified agony caused by that horrible season ending. We didn't have a lawyer, though. I tried to get Bobby Donnell, but he wasn't returning my calls. Which was too bad, since the cloning lab was late getting me my Doggett clone and I figured I could find other uses for Bobby when he wasn't working on the case. :) I'm happy to report that the Doggship does now have a lawyer, and I'm assuming that she will soon have CC begging to settle.
Requests for membership in SHODDS continued to come in, steadily, but slowly. Then for whatever reason, things just took off. We've been growing steadily, and quickly, for some time now. The group that started out consisting of one nut case and her dog grew to the point where we became number one in our class at Yahoo.
Sadly, we did lose a founding member. spookycc found herself growing disgruntled over Scully¹s apparent lack of appreciation for Doggett, and asked for leave to disembark. She was escorted off ship with full military honors.
Some other members also expressed feelings of discontent, and began to question their commitment to DSR. Since SHODDS had become so much more than a special interest group (in the history of the ship, we have had very few flame wars, all of which were easily extinguished - probably because we all seem to really care about each other in a way that's rare in cyber-life and even in so-called "real" life), I declared an amnesty. Members who were questioning the validity of DSR were encouraged to remain and work through their feelings, with the assurance that whatever they decided, they would not be compelled to walk the plank.
Ultimately, I began to wrestle with issues of my own. Once Scully disappeared forever, as I saw it, leaving "Dearest Dana" in her place, I came to the sad conclusion that I no longer regarded her as smart enough or honorable enough to be paired with the noble Doggett. I realized that I was no longer the proper person to wear the Captainly purple, so regretfully, I contacted First Officer Lisa K., who had assumed the position vacated by spookycc, and informed her that I felt that the only honorable thing to do was to step down and offer her the position. Under her able leadership, the Doggship continues to sail.
I really missed all the friends I'd made on the Doggship, so some months later, in response to a suggestion from Maria Covington, I asked the new captain if I could take advantage of my own declared amnesty, retroactively, and requested permission to once again board the Doggship. Permission was speedily granted, and I am back where I want to be, sailing the seas and space aboard the Doggship under Lisa K's very capable leadership.
So, this is the story of the tiny little group that grew and grew, and even continues to attract new members from time to time despite the cancellation of the show that was the reason we came into being.
We are the SHODDS. We rock. And we are here to stay.
Founder, SHODDS, 2002
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