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June 2, 2005

Not Going to OSCON

It's been a hard decision to make, but I've finally decided I'm not going to attend OSCON this year. I've gone for the past three years, and spoke at the last two, but this year it just doesn't feel right.

The initial reason I considered not going was because I'm on vacation in July and then again in September, and being gone for a week in August seemed a bit much. It may also be that I'm just not as excited about the technical details of things as I used to be. The subject matter of OSCON has gotten less interesting to me each year I've attended. The fact that I'm not speaking this year also weighs in with the price of a badge not being cheap.

Another factor is that, although I don't travel that much, for awhile there it seemed I was gone every other week. Heidi and I have noticed that when I am away from home regularly the kids struggle with it. I think they get nervous when they don't have the stability of both parents at home.

Whatever the reason, I won't be among the thousands traveling to Portland. I think I will miss it, and feel the void as I read entries from folks attending. Tufts won't be completely out of it, Paul will be going this year, his first.

Posted by mike at June 2, 2005 10:08 PM