I'm not sure if this will be the official LAST POST (tm) of the Worlds Update Thread or not, but I gotta give a big shout out to everyone who was there.
As some of you know, my mother passed away in mid September, right in the middle of what was my Worlds Prep time. Because of this I had to cancel all of my travel plans and redirect to Ohio to plan the funeral, bury my mom, and start the process of handling the estate.
What a lot of you don't know, is that I lost my dad in February.
So needless to say, this has been a pretty shitty year for me. I was really looking forward to going to Worlds for the first time in 8 years, and on top of grieving my mom, I was super sad that I wasn't going to get to reconnect with old friends, some of whom I haven't seen in way too long.
Well, today, I got a card in the mail signed by what appears to be almost all of the Worlds attendees, and a set of Worlds promo foils!
I gotta say... I'm still bummed about missing out on the camaraderie and competition, but the fact that y'all thought of me is a very nice silver lining in front of what's been a bunch of dark clouds.
It's a reminder to me that even the darkest times have their bright spots, if you take the time to look for them. This is definitely one of those bright spots, and is really a case of what this community can be at its best.
So, to all who were there, and especially Maggie for organizing it, I offer my sincerest heartfelt
I want you all to know that I really appreciate the gesture.
- Brian Sykes
PS: I'm given to understand that a similar card was sent to Rick Kinney (@T-Ricks) who had to miss Worlds due to Medical stuff. Does anybody by chance have an update on how he's doing? I wish him the best in his recovery.