Friday morning it's still snowing some, and this is what our trees in the backyard look like.
After multiple phone calls and going back and forth about who was going, and who wasn't and when, I finally determined we were going. I was able to get a ride so that I didn't drive myself. After all the weather hysteria it wasn't such a bad ride up there. Beautiful scenery on the side of the road. I took this picture below as we stuck in a little bit of traffic at one of the tolls.
Just missing a sleigh being pulled by reindeer.
We made it in good time and arrived before dark. We got checked in before the crowds. The kids went out for pizza. Donna and I had a nice quiet dinner. After dinner I decided I would go register for the tournament. I wasn't 100% sure which section I would play, but I was leaning towards playing in the Open section, not Under 1800. I decided I would see who had entered so far before making a decision.
When you play in the same tournament for a few years in row, you just kind go into auto-pilot. I didn't even look at the tournament announcement. I knew when the tournament was, what else did I need to know? It turns out I didn't really know when the tournament was. I saw Walter Brown, one of the tournament directors. I asked him where Steve was. He wasn't sure, but he mentioned that he'd be up until midnight. I asked if there was a blitz tournament tonight. No. The first round of the open tournament.
Huh? I asked him if there was a two day schedule. No. They changed the schedule and time controls. Instead of G/60 with 6 rounds identical to the scholastic schedule it changed to 5 rounds 30/90 G/60 starting Friday night instead of Saturday. While I was having my nice leisurely dinner the tournament was starting without me. I would have to take a half point bye for the first round. I was kind of annoyed, but nothing I could at that point. The only good thing about missing the first round, I could see who was in the sections. After looking at the two sections I decided I would play up. There are few players close to my rating playing up, and I avoid unrateds and 3 digit ratings.
You know what they say when you assume. You make an ass out of u and me. Hopefully I won't make an ass out of myself in the tournament.