I've never been to nationals, but I've always wanted to go. Ive just never had the disposable income to pay for it.
Even back when I was real good, my idea of going never included the idea of winning the thing, it was about competing.
Brackets are nice, but I don't get in those. For all those who do, great, good for you, but that isn't why I bowl.
I'm really not that good anymore. I have my moments, but the accuracy, ability, drive and endurance just aren't what they used to be. Not nearly good enough to be taken seriously.
But, I would still like to go, and someday I may get to.
And when I do, it will be an experience of a lifetime for me. The culmination of a dirty little dream I've had for over 30 years.
I won't be worried about the USBC, or how much they are making/losing off of me during all this. I'll be enjoying my vacation, and reveling in the fact that the event exists in the first place.