Tuesday, September 27, 2011

OOW 2011: No Soup For You!

For those that don't understand the reference.

I didn't ask for bread, I didn't break any of the rules...but I will not be attending Oracle OpenWorld this year.

Family matters require that I be home.

I'm sure I've suffered from some level of depression over the years since Kate was born, it hasn't kept me from working (an escape, to be sure), but it has affected me. I don't think I've understood the extent to which it has affected my family, as a whole though.

So I'm taking some time to help where I can.

Of course I'll miss seeing my friends, hanging out with the smart people...in other words, being there.

Family is simply more important.

16 comments:

bex said...

Bummer, dude! Sucks to be us. I guess we'll have to wait until Collaborate to catch up.

Joel Garry said...

You got those priorities right. Careers come and go, family is forever.

myfear said...

Right decision. Even if it is a tough one. Take care!

Michael O'Neill said...

Let's virtually attend together. I'll buy the beer. Maybe LC can help us pick up chicks too.

Bob Rhubart said...

Chet,

You made the right decision. Take care of yourself, dude.

Roel said...

Health and family first! Good decision.
Hope to see you again at Collab/Kscope!

Enrique Aviles said...

I was looking forward to all the pics you were going to take but as others have said family is priority numero uno.

martinpaulnash said...

Fully understand the decision, but will miss the chance to catch up with you... Take care and fingers crossed that everything works out well.

Stewart Bryson said...

It won't be the same without you Chet. Squeeze your little one real tight all next week while the rest of us wish we could be doing the same.

dmcghan said...

That's a real shame buddy. But as everyone else as already said, it's the right decision.

See you at the next user group meeting!

Dan

Bjoern Rost said...

I was so looking forward to meeting you again. You will be missed by many, but most importantly you are needed by a few special people. Take care!

Kellyn said...

You will be missed and now the oraclenerd/Skippy Deathmatch will have to be postponed till KScope... :)
Take care, Chet!

Gary Myers said...

@Kellyn, I think Chet isn't going because he's scared of you !

Promise you won't hurt him, and he may make it to the next one....

McG said...

Amen to that. good to see the oraclenerd has his priorities straight!

Tom Wurzbach said...

Sorry to hear, but I'm sure you're doing what's best for you and the gang. There's always next year!

Anonymous said...

the smart people are at home too...