To say it has been a crazy week or so would be a gross understatement.
Last week, I bowed out from the race to attend Oracle OpenWorld.
Two days later, Justin then Jake then Billy (and here) started a movement to get me there.
All of this in conjunction with 100+ tweets and re-tweets on Twitter. Bradd even got his shirt today. He was one of the first of 15 so far to make the purchase...ostensibly to get my fat ass (Bradd didn't say that) to San Francisco and OOW.
Here's some of the backstory, which Jake alluded to in his post.
The night after Part I, I went to my parents begging for money. Our mortgage was nearly a month late. When I got home that evening, I saw Justin's post and subsequent tweet...I easily separated the 2 events in my head. Borrow money from parents != Community supports my efforts to go to OOW.
Then it came down...How could you do that when you just borrowed money?
I think you know where this is headed.
Unless I win the lottery so that I can pay back all those I owe, I will not be attending OOW this year.
While I think my T-Shirts are really cool, I know many of you (all?) bought them to help me get there. I could not take that money in good faith.
I'd like to donate it to something or someone. It's not a lot, approximately $100 as of right now.
I would like your help in deciding.
I'll repeat myself, to say that I've been humbled by these events would be a gross understatement. Thank you so much for your support...