*Gives a giant middle finger*
That's what I think of you.
...As you might have guessed, I just got screwed over by bureaucracy, in this case, square dance ones. (Oh, DON'T even get me started on politics as a whole. Square dance politics are brutal enough.) See, we were doing well. My senior square, on this last year that I'll be able to compete (since I'm 21), had things set. We had a solid display. We had styling laid out. We perfected timing and trusting our square. We were in synch. We were in unison. We had it all down, and were mainly practicing mysteries to get our skills back up to where we needed them to be.
Our Junior square was doing equally well.
...And then, tonight, we receive news that because of a technicality which we couldn't get an exception for (in spite of similar exceptions being granted all the time, and there being literally no harm in this technical rule violation and us only being in a position where we'd give the four other senior squares a fair competition due to their own skill and our own weaknesses), that's all out the window.
Now the two squares are both senior, but have been mixed. It was the only way to get it through. But it completely screwed us over. We probably weren't going to win--we were going to give fair, honest competition. Fun. We were going to give it, a run for the money but ultimately probably not win.
Now thanks to this sabotage, it'd be a miracle if either of our squares got so much as THIRD. I'd cry tears of joy if it happened, even if it was the other senior square of my club. (Mind you, that's probably more likely, since it basically went that my square got the best senior dancer and a fairly strong senior dancer in the form of me...but also got the weakest/newest juniors, whereas the other square got middle-of-the-road dancers except the second-best senior dancer. It only takes one dancer to break down the square, especially one with a bad attitude which I got the impression my partner has, so guess which square got the short end of the already pathetically wimpy stick? Yep. Mine.)
Honestly, at this stage, my greatest hope is that my sister's square wins, the other Washington club's new senior square (last year, it was just me and my sister's clubs, so we've gone from two to six) as second, my club pulling a miracle third, and the two new Canadian senior squares ending trophyless. (The Canadians are the ones who are hosting the dance this year, thus, it was their board that basically is the cause of the veto which has so royally screwed me over.) In spite of how unlikely that is, I can always hope it serves as a message.