Last night, I registered for SPLASH 2011. I’ll only be there for the Educators Symposium and the Tuesday conference sessions, though. It was a bit of a tough call, but I figured taking vacation days for something I’m still passionate about is worth it.
Yesterday, September 23, was the last day of early registration pricing, and even though it was still September 23 here in the Pacific timezone, the server apparently was on Eastern time. On the website, I did not get the lower price, but Mandy Mann from Registration Systems Lab, the company operating the registration website, already promised an $80 refund in the middle of the night.
Thanks for working so hard!
I haven’t booked a hotel yet. I don’t think I’ll choose the conference hotel, though. I hope it won’t be too cold or rainy yet in Portland and that walking a mile or two won’t be too bad. Of course, I could drive that distance too, park at the conference hotel, and still get a better price.
I also renewed my 24 Hour Fitness membership today by two years. I was a bit skeptical when I signed up a year ago, but the gym membership has become something I do not want to miss anymore.
I now booked my hotel through Hotwire for $69 a night. I had made good experiences with Hotwire in Portland when I stayed in the Courtyard by Marriot near the Convention center. Hotwire had a hotel with a similar rating and price now, but alas, it’s a different one. The Red Lion Hotel does not nearly look as good. Oh well…