12 years ago I attended my last Dayton Hamvention. Every year since then I keep saying I'm going to go back, but something always prevents me from attending.
The 1999 Hamvention was exciting as usual. But 2000 brought me the birth of my daughter Lauren (K4LRN), 2001 was spent preparing for my other daughter's arrival in October. 2002 and 2003 was spent mourning the loss of several member of my family, and the next few years have been spent putting family first, as it should.
But always, the itch was there to return.
Every year I say the same thing, "maybe next year", so maybe, in 2012, I'll once again grace the hallowed halls of Hara Arena. I want to take Lauren so that she can attend the Youth Forum and I might be in the market for another HF rig.
I just hope the sewers don't back up like they did yesterday...