I've always had an interest in Haiku so even though I won't be able to make the conference this year, I decided to take a shot at the competition. It turns out that Dan Crowley also has a thing for Haiku and he decided to participate also. The battle was joined and Dan and I entered what we affectionately began to call the SANS Haiku Thunderdome (Two poets enter, one leaves).
Dan won the first round and I somehow managed to win the next two rounds and emerge the winner. I'll be the first to admit that Dan is a better Haiku poet than I am, but sometimes a blind squirrel finds a nut and that just happened to be me this time around.
The spoils of victory were a certificate proclaiming me a GIAC Certified Haiku Master and I also was awarded a Iron Kung Fu fan as my trophy. Very cool. We'll call this competition reason #214 why I love SANS.