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Java Conference
Early next month, I am going to a Java Conference in Colorado. I'm very excited about it, and looking forward to going. It looks like it will be really interesting, I should learn a lot, plus it looks like fun. The resort it's held at sounds beautiful, and I'm hoping to have a very relaxing but educational week.

The only bummer is my return flight. On a whim, I decided to stay an extra day and fly home saturday afternoon. I didn't have anything going on that weekend at the time. According to the stuff I read, there was a very good chance the ski slopes might be open by then, and I thought it'd be cool to try to rent some skis and try it out (I've been skiing a couple of times in my life, but not since around 1988!), so long as I was all the way up in the Colorado mountains and all.

Well, it seemed like a fine idea, but now I've found out that my speedskating club's first meet (our only "home" meet no less) is scheduled for that same saturday I'm returning! How frustrating and inconvenient...I'd really like to skate in that meet! If I keep my existing flight, I'll miss the meet for sure, because I wouldn't get in until 7:30pm. I checked on the 'net, and it will cost me an (unacceptable) $100 to change my flight. *sigh*

I think I'm going to sign up for the meet anyway, get up early on that saturday, get to the airport, and try to fly standby. There are two earlier flights; hopefully I can get on one of them.

...and if the ski slopes do indeed open, there's at least a chance I can try the skiing-thing on friday afternoon. The conference ends at noon. According the the resort's voicemail, their slopes are scheduled to open that friday. They make their own snow, so if it's cold enough, it should open. It seems unlikely that I'll be able to do conference, skiing, and speedskating competition, but what the heck, it can't hurt to try to get it all in!

Whatever ends up actually happening, hopefully it'll be fun.
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radiantsoul From: radiantsoul Date: October 14th, 2002 02:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Have fun!
thenisaid From: thenisaid Date: October 14th, 2002 03:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Have fun! It's grand and rare to be able to have it all.

But first, make sure your airline isn't one of those that has now instituted the flight change fee for flying standby. Better to find out now than at the crack of dawn at the airport. ;)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: October 15th, 2002 08:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Yikes, good point, thanks for the warning! I just checked, and they don't charge for same-day standby. So that means my idle thoughts of trying for the day before won't work, but I still have a chance for the earlier saturday flights. *crossed fingers*
dreamattack329 From: dreamattack329 Date: October 14th, 2002 03:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Have fun! That does look like an incredible resort. It is great to go to conferences and learn so much while simultaneously, albeit briefly, living like the rich and famous. At the conference I just returned from, my suite actually had a door bell! It was really too fabulous.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: October 15th, 2002 08:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow, neat!! Yeah, I'm pretty psyched. I love traveling for work, it's always fun and interesting, and like you say, often much more luxurious than I generally spend on my own travel!
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: October 14th, 2002 04:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lucky. I haven't worked for a company since 1989 that's willing to send me to a conference or decent training for that matter.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: October 15th, 2002 08:04 am (UTC) (Link)
At my last performance review, I kind of complained and insisted that one class/conference a year should be "part of my compensation". We couldn't find a good class this year (my company greatly prefers classes!), so I ended up picking out this conference. Looks like a good one.
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: October 15th, 2002 09:05 am (UTC) (Link)


Even worst, this past year, because of budget cuts I didn't get the project planning course at the local government conference (which only cost $350) and probably won't get it again this year.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: October 15th, 2002 09:22 am (UTC) (Link)


How frustrating.
cannibal From: cannibal Date: October 14th, 2002 08:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
AMEX confirms that NWA doesn't charge a fee for standby if it's same-day. If you want to make things really easy on yourself, call NWA the previous night or that morning and tell them you want to get on standby, ask "what do the loads look like?" which is airlinespeak for "do I have a chance of getting on?" Have the flight numbers and times ready. The number is 1-800-225-2525. I do know a number you can use to check the loads yourself, if you really want to get into using automated phone systems.

Just page me when you get back to Detroit as soon as they open the doors on the plane, and I'll be there to pick you up in 15 minutes, probably quicker than it'll take to get off the plane and to the passenger pickup area.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: October 15th, 2002 08:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Cool...I'll do that. Thanks for the info, and for the ride! You're the bestest!
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