|Guess I'll unpack... :(|
I got your request to contact you, and I have to assume it's regarding the Nova, 'cause I got Mike's email the other day as well.
So, to Chris and Mike,
Maybe I've put this off too long, but I've been trying to find a way to work around it. Basically, I don't have the time off to make the trip. It was revoked due to the 'needs of the hospital.'
There was a slight chance my boss could swing it for me, but today it just didn't come through. We're short of clinical social workers on the acute treatment teams - my job - and it's the toughest in the system, so we can't borrow from other units.
I'm carrying a double load and forced OT. I'll be missing the Nova.
It's a crushing disappointment - I wanted this trip in the worst way. I have the sad feeling I'm going to miss out on the best event of this year's season.
I'm sorry Mike. It was selfish of me to wait, but I really hoped it would change. Maybe you could donate my ticket to somebody who's short of money and wants to attend... or whatever works for you!
Chris, it sucked when I got the email about the chance to play you in the memorial! AAAGGGHH!
Nothing left to say, I guess. Now the crying starts.
So who is the Chris I'm referring to, the other individual I emailed? None other than Jawaballs himself!
I was going to get a chance to play my Favorite IP Stalkee at the Nova... how's that for hearbreak?
Now for a moment of reflection. There's disappointment, yes, but I'm also forced to recognize how lucky I am to be able to afford so many tournaments throughout the year.
Last year I attended three; this year, I'm up to two, not counting 'Ard Boyz or regional events with minimal drive time.
My wife is supportive and my job normally allows for very flexible time off. Not to mention, I love what I do for a living. Can't beat that.
So while I'm disappointed, I also have perspective. There's always next year!