in truth, it seemed a small sacrifice when compared to the possibility of a party comprised entirely of me, my parents, an empty skating rink, a disco ball and assorted employees of the sparkles family fun center. however, looking back, i think i might have been a little less dismissive had i known i wouldn't win anything for the next 20 years.
in fact, i wouldn't win anything until today. yes, that's right. today i am a winner. and after cavalierly tossing a tattered business card into a flower pot, i have a pair of plane tickets. dubrovnik, please.