I recently had my hopes for joining in a barista competition dashed. In talking things over with the owner of the shop I work at, I've come to realize that I will have to either do some major fund-raising/sponsor-begging, or sit out yet another year. And due to the energy that the former will require, I'm leaning towards sitting out.
I'm not happy about giving that up, but with my life going in so many directions at once, I am content to keep my coffee world as calm as possible for right now.
With that being said, I know I am still going to attend Coffee Fest Chicago this year, and I am going to try to work it out to get to the 'Spro down in Chi' Town. So at least I still have a few things to look forward to.
On another note: I had a co-worker laugh at me for using the slang term "Spro" the other day. He had never heard such a thing, and it seemed quite funny to him - and he actaully said he didn't like it! To each their own I guess. I use that term and a few other coffee slang terms when I am talking to co-workers and customers and I've never had someone mention a distaste for them...at least not to my face. Anyway, just a bit of randomness for ya.