MIssing the Nova: A Reflection

Well, it's official.  I had to email Mike Brandt and let him know that my leave for the event was revoked.  Here's my email:

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 It was revoked due to the 'needs of the hospital.'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!


Caldera said...

Awww and your trip down here to Austin wasn't the best either! Boooo!!!!! Well we have Adepticon to look forward to!

Black Blow Fly said...

There is still the comp heavy Da BoyZ GT!!!

: )


Kirby said...

We still believe in you Brent!

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White Shield Mike said...

Sorry to hear you wont make it Brent

Da Warboss said...

It's a long way to go for a game. That's why I ain't going either. Adeptiacon is 4 hours away and I still blew that off. Making it 3 hours to Garden City, MI to play the semis is stretching it as it is. Of course, it might be worth it to slap down jabba...oops, I mean Jawa

Farmpunk said...


I was planning on getting in a game with the friendly interwebs unicorn herder!!11!!eleventy!!!one.

now I will have to settle for meeting Goatboy.

Maybe get to see you next year at Adepticon.

SandWyrm said...

Man, that sucks.

Had my own brush with not going for financial reasons, but I was finally able to swing it.

(A new favorite!) Anon: I haven’t even bothered playing a game of 6th yet, cause I have read the rules, and actually understand how they interact with units. I know my armies no longer function how they should, and so I need to change them.

Strictly Average: 'cause 6-inches is all you get.

Stalking Jawaballs since 2009.

Jawaballs: "My butt just tightened up."

Brent, preferred 2-to-1 over Not Brent in a recent, scientific poll.

Brent: emptied the Kool Aid and DRINKING YOUR MILKSHAKE with an extra-long straw.

Unicorns don't exist.

Home of the Stormbuster, the Dyson Pattern Storm Raven.

I'm a comment whore and this whore is getting no play.

Not Brent hurts Brent's feelings.

I think, therefore I blog.

"You should stop writing for everyone else and worry about your crappy blog." - Anon.

Not Brent has been spotted lurking around with a green marker.

He's not like a bad guy from a cartoon, all devious but never quite evil, Not Brent is bad beans, man, bad beans.

Dethtron: "Again I feel obliged to remind you that trying to sound smart only works if you are."

MVB: "I am not one to join the unwashed masses of self-titled 40k experts out there distributing advice from their blogs about exactly how your list should be built..."

Shiner Bock on tap: that's how I choose hotels.

Strictly Average: The Home of Hugs and Gropings.

Don't feed the trolls!

MoD: "Welcome to Brent's head."

Competitive is Consistent.

Dethtron: "...you could use that extra time to figure out a way to get your panties unbunched and perform a sandectomy on your vagina."

Dethtron: “When calling someone an idiot, it's generally best to avoid making grammatical mistakes.”

Warboss Stalin: "You know, if it actually WAS funny, maybe I wouldn't mind."

Mike Brandt: "It's not a successful bachelor party if you don't misplace someone".

"The Master Manipulator (every store needs one): "...now, enough stroking."

Kirby: "I don't know about gropings. Seriously, Brent, keep it in the pants, please."

Loquacious: "No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't get Hugs & Gropings or Stalks Jawaballs into Brent's little tribute."

Captain Kellen: "I rate this article a Brent on the Faith Hill to Nancy Pelosi scale!"

Drathmere: "Come for the balls, stay for the Brent? Kind of disturbing, man."

Go no further, lest thee see something thine eyes would fain look past!

Isabelle: "So, thank you for supporting your local and not so local unicorns. A noble gesture like that can show some scared kids out there that they don't have to hide from everyone and it's ok to be who they really are."

There is nothing more interesting than We The People... in all our beautiful, ugly glory!

On Internet Advice: You see, I have an almost religious belief that's it's a huge, colossal waste of time.

...I think I'll call it the Gun Shy Pattern Stormbuster, because after the Internet destroyed my first humble effort, I find I'm a bit worried about the reaction to this one.

Lauby: "Is it left over from that time you thought that you could just complete step one 12 times to meet the mandates of that court order?"

Not Brent: "I guess we'll have to read on and find out. Signed, Not Brent. Especially today."

Cynthia Davis: "I think the scrolling text is from Glen Beck's new book."

Grimaldi: "Spamming certain units creates interesting possibilities but also fatal weaknesses."

Purgatus: "Math can inform decisions. It cannot make decisions."

Thoughts? Comments? Hugs and gropings?

You'd be that much quicker to figure out what I mean when I refer to a Unicorn if I covered it in a rainbow flag.

SinSynn: (To Brent) "Curse you and your insidious influence on the internets..."

Dave G (N++): "You know you're an internet celebrity when your following is more akin to tabloids."

I prefer the term Internet Personality (or IP) myself, seeing as how I coined it.

Lauby: "Your attempt to humanize him as failed. I feel nothing but scorn for his beard - it's like a warcrime or something."

BBF: "I've always thought you are a good player but I finally figured out that you are a great player. It's hard to see sometimes because your personality is engaging, sincere and quite charming - to me that is kind of a rare combination."

'Clearly cheating?' I didn't misspeak: you jumped to conclusions. If you'd like to apologize I'll be happy to send you an autographed picture of my ass.


I thought I was doing alright before I realized I was losing.

Age and treachery beats youth and vigor every time.

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