WBC 2014 or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Con
- Mike K(Coyotek4)United States
Two moments on Thursday morning epitomized my whole week.Recommend
I got to the room where a Le Havre heat would start over an hour early, and decided to pass the time by playing solitaire (with an actual deck of cards, not a laptop). Rather than play the 'standard' solitaire game, I opted for a non-thinking passing of time known simply as "Perpetual Motion".
Now, anyone who is really curious can click here to read the rules. All that matters is, in all my life I have never actually won this solitaire game. Never in a few decades.
Until this one game.
That got me thinking as to how the rest of the week would go, especially considering how the week started.
There was something else, though: while playing, I noticed a father and son come in to pass time playing a 2-player game. And that got me thinking as to how selfish I was to, once again, leave my wife and (now) two children back home. My daily phone calls homes kept reminding me how much my son (now 8) missed me and, moreso, missed gaming with me.
This is something I will never let happen again. Of this, I swear.
But this will be a story for next year.
The fact remains that my gaming experience was made even before I got to Lancaster, what with crossing off one of my 'bucket list' dreams by being named GOTW, even if I got the nod by simply asking the guy before. That week was awesome, and now I had one last week to myself for playing countless tournaments, catching up with familiar foes, and yes, trying to earn my first-ever tourney win.
Here, then, is my WBC 2014 story. For those who are curious, here are links to previous years' trips:
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