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a couple of weeks ago, i had asked one of my cohorts if he thought we should cancel this month’s meetup because the traffic from the concerts on the square and it being summer made last month’s turnout about a third of what was expected.

he hemmed long enough for the possible speaker to get back to me with confirmation that he could come up from rockford. this was good news because he’s an expert on woocommerce and that topic has been requested several times.

fast forward to last night when i didn’t want to leave rodney’s side to bike downtown but did it anyway because i’m committed to people learning. right after i locked up my bike outside of 100state (at 5:32 pm), i pulled out my phone to check email and work chat in case something had come up.

while i was en route, i had received an email from the speaker that he was going to have to cancel due to a family emergency.

it was way too late to cancel the meetup; some of our regulars drive 45+ minutes (one guy drove 100 miles for this topic), and it was way too late to cancel the pizza since it was probably already in the delivery driver’s car.

so i go upstairs and plop everything down, unprepared to be in this position. i informed the guy who has taken over sponsorship of the group (so we can meet at 100state) and he made some phone calls. after those did not pan out, he spent the next 10 minutes whipping together a presentation which he nailed out of the park.

i was in awe. happily in awe.

i woke up yesterday morning, not realizing mercury was starting its retrograde spin, thinking that i should have a backup plan prepared in case something like this were to happen.

at least now i have a month to figure that one out.