I suppose I should be grateful. It hasn't been a trivial job for the last 7 years for me and my fabulous minions... but to suggest that we didn't exist.... Now THAT was insulting.
I've just spoken to the new festival 'powers that be' and they have these great ideas....only that they have been in place for the last seven... count them 7.... SEVEN, did I mention, seven years.
I'm sure I have an issue letting go of a job that involves such large amounts of money and getting all the names and numbers correct. I'm sure our system wasn't the best and I'm sure it could be improved, but it was a cosy little system and it worked. It worked bloody well.
I imagined that I'd some day explain it all to someone, who'd then take it and care for it and appreciate the cunning code that my friends and I had developed.
It's sad to think that someone is going to start from scratch and aren't interested in what we've learned - about the people who get their booking wrong every year; about the people who write in green crayon every year; about the people who try to get their equipment booking in late every year; about the people who's credit cards are known to be a little bouncy every year.
But it looks like it is to be no more.
I suppose it's a compliment to do a job so well that no one notices. It's a really CRAP compliment though.
So Aeron, Megz, Snerg, Gui, Kitty, AnythingGirl, Donwald, DV, Tops, BaggyT, Fz, Speedy, Wenchy and everyone else who's help who's name eludes me in my infuriation, thanks heaps. You can all take the year off. We've been made redundant.
And all the other reasons given why I shouldn't do it any more didn't make me feel any better. "I've got a really good IT guy on tap.". So have I.... it's called ME!
"You're really busy having a family and a life". That didn't stop me last year. And I'm pretty sure the other IT guy has a family too. Claiming anyone in the SCA having a life is a dubious statement at best.
So there's all sorts of good reasons why I don't need to do this again.
So why does it feel like a kick in the teeth?
I know why. It's because I know how much work I'm offering to do and they don't want me.
They have no idea........
(Fade out while bridges burn)