The plan was for me to go as well (with Mark of course). I believe it was Topkick that said life trumps gaming, which is what has happened for me. The great news is, it's all the good parts of life. My wife and I are expecting our first child!! We are also in the middle of selling our current home (looks like it is sold!!) and building a new home (of course we started this endeavor before we knew she was pregnant!!). So I will not be at any cons this year (I was really wanting to attend Origins). Hope everyone that makes it has a great time.
BTW...Hang in there Southpaw. I didn't realize you are going through a divorce. I have been there my friend and I wish you all the best.