Last year, I was scheduled for a 4-day stay in Indianapolis to watch the MotoGP motorcycle races. Quite an extravaganza, with pit passes, qualifying sessions, and support races. I was pretty pumped about it when I ordered the tickets the year before, but then as it got closer, I realized that I wasn't sure I could be away from my cats that long. I "interviewed" the friend that was supposed to take care of them while I was gone, and though things seemed fine, the thought of one of them sneaking past as she came in/went out the door was unbearable. I figured if nothing else, my odds are better with fewer trips on her part, so I ultimately trimmed it down to a two-day event (with hotel reservations made). Days before the event I scaled it back even further to "leave Sunday morning, watch race, stay over, come back Monday morning", without any check-up visits necessary.
As it turned out, the entire Midwest was flooded with rain that weekend as a result of Hurricane Ike. The race was not run the full distance due to conditions, and it looked like a miserable time. I say "looked" because as a result, I didn't make the trip at all. I came down terribly sick that Saturday and couldn't make it anyway (I'm still convinced I literally worried myself sick as a result of the kitty-sitting issue). It was a blessing in disguise, because my basement flooded from the heavy rains, and without me there to deal with it (still sick as a dog), I likely would have arrived home Monday to at least a good 6" of wet basement.
On top of that, the next day (Monday), I tore cartilage in my knee walking to my car in the morning, likely as a result of the stresses from walking up and down the stairs the day prior due to the basement issue. At that time, I was dealing with a fully torn ACL and the knee was very weak and unstable. But as a result of that moment, I decided to finally get the reconstructive surgery I had been putting off for months.
So, although at first glance a seemingly terrible weekend, it in fact was a godsend that things turned out how they did. All as a result of my inability to leave my kitties.