For those of you that have been following my dramas with the AoC (your numbers are stunning! I had no idea!)... it is time for me to wrap it all up.
After requesting once again that they forward me their alleged evaluations and once again receiving no reply... how long does it take to compile notes? I wrote them a rather less polite letter. This time I stated that I wished for my money to be returned as they had failed to fulfill their end of our agreement. I told them that I did not believe any actual evaluation was done as it should not take six months to put together some papers (that were already in a usable state, to make selections). Finally I stated that I would reject any offering of evaluation at this time, as I believe it would have just been disparaging randomness thrown together to shut me up.
After several weeks of silliness with their bureaucratic and banking dramas, their check (as it were) finally cleared.
I'd like to call this a victory... I mean, yeah I was parted with some money temporarily and some chocolate forever and that part sucks. On the bright side, I learned several valuable lessons:
1. Never trust the English... the Irish side of my family has been telling me this for years, but I just didn't listen.
2. Don't be insecure; if you like something, it is good. Seeking third party validation is no better in the chocolate world than it is in the afterschool special world... so just say no to drugs, that cute boy that pressures you for sex, and the Academy of Chocolate!