Well, I had a much better season than I had expected at the beginning of the year. Last year's crazy bump-ups watered down 3.5 so badly that I ended up having a pretty decent season. I self-rated at 3.0 for mixed in summer of 2008 and played 3.0 for mixed and combo and all of 2009. Got bumped to 3.5 for 2010 and I was hoping to play 3.5 this year AND next year and then hopefully get bumped to 4.0 after that (yes, I actually want to improve and get better). I know that no one knows for sure how the rating system works and it all depends on the relative strength of your opponents and the number of games won, but I went 6-1 in local league play and 3-1 at the MS state championships this weekend. Our team went a competitive 3-2 overall losing both matches by very thin margins (one to the state champs). Looks like I'm going to be 4.0 a full year ahead of schedule which is encouraging yet also depressing... The guys that got bumped to 4.0 LAST year are still clearly better than me (although I am closing the gap a bit), and they are struggling mightily at 4.0 this year. If I (and my team) are all going to 4.0 next year to play against the "new" 4.0s and the old 4.0s then we are in a for a world of hurt. It was fun winning alot while it lasted, but I will have to claw my way from the bottom of the ladder at 4.0 next year. Anyways, just wanted to share my story.