When the first set of Ignite speakers, chosen by popular vote, was announced and I wasn't in it, my desire to leave it up to fate slipped a little. I wanted to go!
The second round of speakers were going to be picked by Kia and crew, who invited us to give "compelling reasons" that our talk should get chosen. My compelling reason was, essentially, "pick me!" Either it worked, or they liked my talk, because I was chosen in Round 2.
I am rooming with Margo again, in keeping with what is now Fitbloggin' tradition. She's considerate, she doesn't snore, and she and I both have similar early-bird sleep habits, even if we live on opposite sides of the time-zone map.