Killed my brief hopes of SMOFCon - RonO's Ramblings — LiveJournal
Aug. 27th, 2009 10:10 am Killed my brief hopes of SMOFCon
Because I cannot afford to take any extra vacation this year if I want to have enough to spend in Australia next year (the one downside of leaving my 15+ year job a year ago not related to the necessary relocation), I hadn't been planing on going to SMOFCon this year. I would have liked to go, having found it enjoyable the two other times I've made it (out of the three times I've tried -- I got snowed into Chicago for the KC SMOFCon a few years ago).
But when there was discussion about low airfares to SMOFCon on the smofcon list, I did a quick check to see what I could turn up that might let me get there before Saturday morning at least.
Alas, the last flight that Southwest has leaving on Friday departs about 4:30 so I'd probably have to leave work before 2:00 to safely make it through check in and (as kevin_standlee puts it) terroization. And their first flight on Saturday morning (conveniently a non-stop flight) doesn't arrive until after 2:00. The flights on the airlines that Orbitz can find were worse (Orbitz suggested that I fly Delta through Atlanta -- I'm not flying across the country and then half-way back, thank you) and more expensive.
With luck, my vacation budget for 2010-2011 will be a bit looser allowing me to go to SMOFCon wherever it ends up.