Last night I bought the plane ticket to SVP. I'm getting there around 2 on the 15th, so I might miss some morning panels. Also, I leave on the evening of the 18th, so I hope I don't miss too much! My wife, who has gone to many a conference, assured me that conferences usually cram the good stuff into the "middle days" so that most people can see it. I also booked a room in the hotel. Scott, if you decide you want to stay with me, you can...for a reasonable fee. If Scott cannot attend for whatever reason or decides to stay somewhere else, I certainly would mind a roommate to offset the nightly cost of the room! :-)
I used miles to get the ticket, which resulted in the crappy flight schedule. Airlines have a way of screwing you out of your airline miles. That is, use your miles and get a horrible selection of flights. Otherwise, the ticket costs like $780. I was going to stop over in Chicago, rent a car, and drive to Milwaukee to visit my grandparents, but there's just no way that can happen now. :-(
BUT, it's good to have the ticket bought and the hotel room reserved. Now I just have to register for the conference and I should be golden! And I'm not going to worry about renting a car. I'm only there for a few days, and the conference IS downtown. I'm sure I can walk anywhere I need to. Almost more than the conference itself, I'm excited to meet my fellow paleobloggers!