Last week, I blogged about my Leadership Award for writing 200 tips at MSSQLTips.com. I’m pretty proud of that award, as it represents a lot of work over a dozen years, and I know I have helped countless people improve their skillsets.
This morning, I got a text from my lifelong friend, Jonathan Corbett, that might have made me downright teary.
First, some background.
Back in 2010, we inadvertently started an annual tradition by getting together in March, in a little curling rink in Powassan, Ontario. Just a small friends & family potluck bonspiel to hang out with people we can’t see often. We had so much fun at the first one that we immediately declared we would do it every year. We held to that commitment, until Covid – the last event was March 2020, and we got back just before the Canadian border closed.
Before long, Jon had a unique trophy made that we could use to celebrate the winners. He called it “The Can/Am Cup” and – similar to the Stanley Cup – whoever wins the trophy gets to take it home, put their team’s names on a nameplate, and have bragging rights until we get back together the next time. Here is how the trophy looked in the early days, before we had to add another level:
This trophy has been the source of some major emotion, almost exclusively from me. Because here’s the thing: after all these years, I still haven’t won. Here is some of that emotion after losing in the finals in 2020:
I’ve come in second place at least 6 years running. It’s the running joke every year. Nicole is on the trophy 5 or 6 times; maybe more – it’s been a while since I’ve seen it. Even Andy Mallon was on a winning team after wiping out and going to the hospital in the first end. And Nick and Ken too. But not me.
I mean look at them; they think they’re so cool, winning trophies and taking names:
Since the pandemic took over all of our lives, there’s been a lot less salt in the wound, because nobody else can win either. I met up with Jon in Los Angeles this year to attend the Super Bowl, and I’m sure I once again laid on the guilt during our many conversations. “One of these years you all just have to let me win, so I can finally get my name on the damned thing!” I think when his Rams won – in their home stadium and with their #1 fan in attendance – something must have struck him.
Fast forward to this morning’s text (click to enlarge):
Look closely: this dear friend of mine actually renamed the trophy “The Aaron Bertrand CAN/AM Cup.” Yeah, I’m speechless. And I have won. Who needs to win the damned thing, anyway? Maybe in 2023. History of winners: