I can relate, however my wife never ridiculed me in front of my friends. Last year I got to go to Pinburgh and it was the best 3 days of my life. This year my wife and I are celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary and it occurs in July. She wants us to go somewhere to celebrate it and I do too. Pinburgh is the beginning of August. I had a long discussion about wanting to go to Pinburgh. She mainly said how can we afford it and that I already went so why do I need to go again? She is correct that we are limited on funds with our anniversary trip planned and my daughter going to college. But the timing would have worked for the most part.
Now I found out that my friends got their tickets today and I could have been the 3rd person to purchase a ticket (VIP on top of that), but I bit the bullet and did not plan to go so I didn’t bother hitting the refresh button to fulfill my chance. Now I am regretting it and feeling a little depressed that there is no chance that I can be at the tournament. I expressed my feelings to my wife and she immediately got upset and said, “Fine go! Don’t blame this on me.” When in reality I respected her and listened, but it was hard to do. If my friends didn’t get in to purchase their tickets I would feel a little better. But that didn’t happen.
Well, it is too late and now I have to accept the fact I am not going. So I have to deal with it and move on. My wife is letting me go to TPF and Golden State Pinball Festival, but I reached my quota.
Now what I am worrying about is I plan on going to Pinburgh next year and I already told her, but if I don’t get tickets I will be very upset! So it is what it is. Oh well, at least I got to experience it once. But once you experience Pinburgh you are hooked for life.
Obviously my wife is not into pinball and she does respect my hobby. But it sucks I can’t go every year. Have to pick my battles.
My wife is wonderful to me and she supports my happiness with pinball, but she doesn’t understand the competitive nature of wanting to do the best I can in Pinburgh and having to wait more than a year for another chance to go is going to kill me. If I get tickets for 2020 it will be a non-issue.
We’ll see what happens. For anybody else married I am sure you can relate. For anyone who got tickets to Pinburgh enjoy and congratulations! Best tournament on the face of the planet!