I'd love to attend but none of those dates would be possible for me. As I've posted on the other thread the only practical dates for me are the Easter break which is at the end of March and the start of April.
I realise that this is likely to be the least popular choice and far too early for most people. Hence my statement that if necessary you should go ahead and arrange it without me.
May and June would be totally out of the question as they are in term time (and the half term break is too short to be of any use) and while July might be possible it would be at the expense of several thousand pounds lost summer school earnings on top of the cost.
I like you all, just not that much.
"No man but a blockhead ever wrote except for money." Samuel Johnson.
as a mostly disinterested observer, but in light of the poll results to date, perhaps this is an underlying issue that ought to be mentioned?
Ah...the elephant in the room, so to speak...
CW, why don't you and Asa confer and come up with a date and venue. I know at another point Portland had been discussed as a city for the next gathering. Perhaps we just need to have the hosts make the date, and we can plan around it.
Richard, is only late April or mid-May good for you? I had thought you had more flexibility than that.
I don't mind if someone else wants to host. I would like to have a good reason to go back to the West coast again, if someone out there wants to take it this coming year. It makes more sense to me if we move it around more . . . but someone needs to name a date in the next month or so, don't you think?
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Shu had a good idea. After this gathering, it might be nice to have it in the U.S. one year and in England (or somewhere transatlantic to the U.S.) the next. That way we give both sides of the ocean a chance to attend.
I'm in a minor quandry. Being self-employed, I could only afford to go it business is really good. But - If business is really good, I might have difficulty sparing the time.
That is one of the challenges of self-employment and it is one that I was warned against when I started. In truth it's best to schedule your holiday (vacation) time just as you schedule your work and treat it just as you would a work booking.
Very few customers are going to to say, when you deny them their first choice of dates, "OK - then I'll find someone else!" Customers know that good people are busy people and will usually be happy to wait. Those that won't - well, do you really want customers like that?
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