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.