by Bryan on 2/5/2003 at 10:58 PM in Technology

It is great that Dallas is one of the cities on Microsoft's Tech·Ed Conference rotation, but I don't know that it is so great when you live only 30 miles away from Dallas.

I usually look forward to attending conferences, not only for the cool stuff I will learn about, and the great people I will meet, but also as a time to simply get away and unwind. I just don't know that that is possible when attending a conference in your home town. I mean, do I hit my company up for a room downtown so that I can be close to all the action? If they agree to that, what will my wife say? And my son? "Daddy's gone on a Dallas." Gee, that is something we do all the time. And what if my company doesn't agree to that? What if they say "no, you are less than 30 miles away, we can't get you a hotel room." Then what? How likely am I to spend 12+ hours a day around the conference when I am waking up at the crack of dawn to get there and then not getting home until 10 or 11 PM? Where is the chance to unwind in that?

Perhaps I am off base, and I get a little too much pleasure from attending conferences. Maybe I should just be glad that I have a job at a company willing to pay for any of it at all.

What have y'all done when faced with the option of attending a conference in the same city you live in, or in a nearby city?

What I'd really like to do is attend this.

Legacy Comments

Just be glad that you have a job at a company willing to pay for any of it at all! :) I can only go to conferences when they <b>are</b> in my home town! Or close enough that any travel expenses can come out of my own pocket!

Posted by on 2/7/2003 6:32:02 AM

Yeah, I figured as much. In your case, this does surprise me. I figured that a consulting company would allow you to attend at least one conference a year, and cover all your expenses (at least normal business type expenses). Now I am glad that I didn't take that job with [your company] back when they offered a position in the spring of 2000.

Posted by on 2/7/2003 9:49:52 AM