In a departure from the normal discussion around here, I'd like to share a little story.
The day after the tournament, my brother and his family had to head back home (always a tough day for me as he's my closet friend and we don't get to see each other nearly enough). As he was loading up his car, for some strange reason he kept telling me I looked tired and needed a nap. Well, running the tournament was pretty exhausting, but a nap?
Too busy throughout the day to take his advice, it wasn't until several hours later that my wife found a wrapped present under my pillow.
I opened the box and found this…
My brother gave me the playmat he had won at our regionals. I was pretty shocked (though I was planning to do the same had I placed in the top 4), and super stoked. These things are very cool, and it was the one prize I really wanted.
To make a long story short, my big bro rocks. Thanks man, you're the best!