Chris Schmidt (crschmidt) wrote,
Chris Schmidt

South Africa Conference

So, there's an Open Source Geo conference in South Africa, September 29, 2008 – October 3, 2008. My boss wants me to go. In theory, great. In practice...

Travel is a 24 hour flight -- at least -- each way. Okay, so that's not so horrible -- but for just 5 days of a conference, it's a bit much.

"No problem", thinks I, "I'll do some South Africa Tourism while I'm there!"

But wait, says brain. Girls -- including Jess -- will have just started school. You would essentially be abandoning Jess for two weeks during her first semester back at school in a year with an 11 year old drama queen and an over-energetic 7 year old geek girl. Wouldn't that be cruel and unusual punishment?

So now I'm kinda stuck: I'd really like to go, and I'd really like to see South Africa, but I feel like I can't go, because it would mean leaving Jess alone with the kids for too long, and I don't really want to go just for the conference.

I dunno. Maybe I'm being silly -- maybe it's worth it to fly to South Africa for the conference. I mean, it'd be a nice conference to be at, but there's just a lot of cost involved for something so short, in my mind.

Am I crazy? What should I do here?
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