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Priorities

Postby balzaccom » Tue Mar 26, 2013 8:36 pm

I had a big decision to make this week. I was invited to speak at a major national conference in my chosen profession--but it was a direct conflict with one of our big plans for the summer: a ten-day hike through the backcountry of Sequoia/Kings Canyon.

Oh dear. The conference would be a real feather in my cap.

We checked the calendar, and there really was no other time that we could possibly do the hike. And we'd already filed the paperwork for the permit---and it had been accepted.

So I looked long and hard at the calendar, and then at the permit. And then I called them back and explained that I would be delighted to speak at their conference.

Next year.
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Re: Priorities

Postby Shawn » Tue Mar 26, 2013 10:09 pm

Somehow I had expected the opposite decision.
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Re: Priorities

Postby BSquared » Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:41 am

The mountains are pretty good at always being there, at least in the time frame that matters to you and me ;)
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Re: Priorities

Postby maverick » Wed Mar 27, 2013 12:00 pm

Shawn wrote:
Somehow I had expected the opposite decision.


Me to.
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Re: Priorities

Postby Scouter9 » Fri Mar 29, 2013 7:09 am

Sometimes, it's tough to make the right decision. Long term benefit vs. short term reward, luchre vs. lounge, adoring fans vs. anonymity... :unibrow:

I've had to make the same choice several times and recognize what and why you did to make the one you did. My suggestion is that you not regret it, nor make a habit of it.

Hey, uh mister, you uh like wanna offload that permit? Over here, in the shadow.
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Re: Priorities

Postby papasequoia » Fri Mar 29, 2013 11:26 am

Few people on their deathbeds wish that they had worked more when looking back on their lives. I think you made the right choice - now enjoy it to the fullest with no regrets.
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Re: Priorities

Postby balzaccom » Sun Mar 31, 2013 2:27 pm

I have already been invited to speak at next year's conference.
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Re: Priorities

Postby Scouter9 » Mon Apr 01, 2013 8:10 am

balzaccom wrote:I have already been invited to speak at next year's conference.


Now it's time to talk Speaker's Fee and Entourage.
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Re: Priorities

Postby BrianF » Mon Apr 01, 2013 3:06 pm

Balzaccom, I completely understand needing to balance professional commitments with trips, But I am a bit confused here. When I read your first post I read it as you would be glad to speak next year and you were keeping your trip as is. But now I am getting the impression that I had it backwards - can you clarify?. In any case I hope you get in a good trip at some point!
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Re: Priorities

Postby schmalz » Mon Apr 01, 2013 5:17 pm

The "next year" comment at the end is very easily interpreted both ways.

When I read it the first time, I assumed he had prioritized his career and that the Sierra would be there "next year". Now, on a second read it appeared he called them and said that he'd do the conference next year, so that he could do the Sierra trip this year.

It's amazing how a little punctuation and wording can completely flip the meaning of a paragraph :)
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Re: Priorities

Postby rlown » Mon Apr 01, 2013 5:29 pm

my boss is my hiking partner, so as we're in the middle of a release, I'm letting him call the shots. He wants to do ice out end of June on the East side. :)

I interpreted Balzaccom to mean he's going backpacking.
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Re: Priorities

Postby balzaccom » Tue Apr 02, 2013 4:09 pm

We are going backpacking.
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