Two years or so ago, back when Toronto won its WorldCon bid, it seemed like a good idea to prepay for membership, a price which would only increase as the event grew closer. It also seemed like a good idea to volunteer to assist with such a momentous event. While I successfully acquired my membership back then, volunteering never really worked out. A few people took my name and said they'd get back to me. They never did.
In retrospect, I don't have many regrets about their oversights. Sure, it would have been nice to be a part of such a major in-town event, but at the moment, I'm grateful for all the extra bits and pieces of time I have to devote to other things, like vacuuming up degraded carpet foam dust and finishing off these work hours of mine. It means that I'll have time to devote to C.'s visiting parents and to jennybeast, who is likely passing through that week. It means I'll have that much more time to work on lecture-writing and Latin. Oh, and time to devote to a little thing called a "dissertation".