A year or so ago.
Scene: Our living room.
Me: We totally should go to Essen Spiel! It would be OMG Teh Best!
Me: And we could go to BGG.con on the way home! Squee!
Fraser: Show me the money.
This is pretty typical for us. I am the planner, the ideas person, the person who gets excited about remote possibilities. Fraser rains on my parades. It’s quite a good balance, really. Two people like me would be scary; two people like Fraser would never do anything interesting.
From this conversation, “Essen in ’08” was born.
It’s more than Essen, of course. Europe is around 24 hours from Australia, airport-to-airport. If we go, we want to make it worth our while, because that’s not a trip we will do every year.
Being of a more practical bent than the OMG Whee above might suggest, I did the numbers. I’d figured we’d need around AU$20,000 to fund the trip (interestingly, talking with other people, this is the figure they come up with too). Ha!
(this is still a bit of a moving feast, as I sort out more & more details (slowly))
That’s $40K, give or take. Around $28K in US Dollars.
“We should go to Essen” takes on a whole different meaning …
EDIT: A retraction (of sorts)
I inadvertently hurt Fraser’s feelings when I suggested that two of him would never do anything interesting. It was hyperbole – an intentional exaggeration. Similarly, I don’t really think that two people like me would be scary. Delightfully unpredictable, perhaps.
Fraser points out that, before he met me, he bought a house AND successfully saved for a 3 month trip through Europe. And that he would like to go to Essen too, but he has seen no evidence of me saving the money to go there next year.
I stand by “parade rainer” 🙂