I'm probably getting ahead of myself seeing as I don't have a robot yet, but I started looking for local robotics competitions. To my amazement, I couldn't find any except the SFRSA competition. If I were living anywhere else in the country, I wouldn't be that surprised, but this is Silicon Valley! It's like going to New Orleans and finding out that they don't have any okra to put in your gumbo (if you don't understand that, don't worry, it isn't a very good joke).
Anyway...I'm still in awe of the fact that Silcon Valley doesn't have any robotics competitions. Well, if you know of any competitions I've over looked, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.