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  •  I did not like being a commuter this year (10+ / 0-)

    This was my 7th YK/NN.  It was certainly different doing it as a commuter, and I don't recommend it if you are someone who likes to never miss something.  I live 32 miles away in the East Bay, and I did not make it on time any of the days.  In the past, I always was up early in the morning to be at the 8:15 "wake-up" hour (in recent years with Lizz Winstead, Cliff Schechter et al) and also in the front row of panels and trainings before they started.  This year, traffic and work and home distractions combined to limit my time significantly and also eliminate my wife's time at NN.  I missed out on quite a few panels I would have liked to have attended.  Thank heaven for Detroit next year.

    My students were poor and they often came to class hungry. And they knew even in their youth the pain of prejudice… I saw it in their eyes...you never forget what poverty and hatred can do when you see its scars on the hopeful face of a young child.-LBJ

    by Jeff in CA on Mon Jun 24, 2013 at 07:30:09 AM PDT

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    •  I loved the Morning News Dump with Lizz Winstead (7+ / 0-)

      et al. I could have listened to them and their guests for more than 45 minutes. That was the only thing I would have changed.

    •  I live in Berkeley, and would have given up my (9+ / 0-)

      registration, I think, rather than commute in through rush hour in the morning, and back home after nutso evening events that ran late into the night. When I found a roomie (thanks, roomie!!) I knew I could manage the hotels. We reserved late and could not get Wed night in downtown, so were 10 minutes south, a very easy commute in for Thursday morning. Still, the other mornings were enormously better, since we were right in the building, essentially.

      Perhaps another suggestion for next NNs would be this: people with feet on the ground in the area might assemble the names of hotels in walking distance that are not necessarily on the NN list. It may be that that nice looking old hotel across the street would have been a lot cheaper.

      We all understand that freedom isn't free. What Romney and Ryan don't understand is that neither is opportunity. We have to invest in it.
      Julian Castro, DNC 4 Sept 2012

      by pixxer on Mon Jun 24, 2013 at 09:23:16 AM PDT

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      •  As an organization ... (4+ / 0-)
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        ... when you book a Convention, you commit to filling a certain number of rooms for the conference, and we're given a discounted rate for those rooms.  We need to make sure they're filled.

        •  Ah. That does make sense indeed. I have (3+ / 0-)
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          never been on that end and did not realize the rules. OTOH after those rooms get filled, perhaps locals can help out with additional suggestions. There is always the danger that people will change their registrations, I suppose.

          The room rates for the hotels we had this time were perfectly reasonable for those of us in the upper middle class, which I guess includes most everyone who has the means to get to San Jose in the first place.

          Was that question really from Karl Rove?

          We all understand that freedom isn't free. What Romney and Ryan don't understand is that neither is opportunity. We have to invest in it.
          Julian Castro, DNC 4 Sept 2012

          by pixxer on Mon Jun 24, 2013 at 12:04:28 PM PDT

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          •  It was. I'll tell the story tomorrow. (4+ / 0-)
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            The economics, basically, are that the Convention Center sets a price for the Convention that's supposed to be low enough to induce us to come so that we all will book lots of hotel rooms and spend money in restaurants, bars, etc.

            •  Not said yet... (2+ / 0-)
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              FABULOUS convention. The rest is details. Just fabulous.

              Back to money: On a 10-mins-away room Wed and Hilton Th-F-S, both shared with a roomie, on outdoor parking, meals, drinks alcoholic and not, a couple of meals, and about $35 in tips to everyone from food trucks to housekeepers, I spent about $450 on the ground in San Jose.

              Obviously, the bulk of that - about $320 - was on the hotels. I brought breakfasts b/c it was cheaper, quicker, and more healthful*, and was pretty conservative for the most part, except for splurging on the hotel attached to the convention. I wonder if this is a pretty typical expense.

              *plain yogurt, granola, and a banana. Perfectly delicious!

              We all understand that freedom isn't free. What Romney and Ryan don't understand is that neither is opportunity. We have to invest in it.
              Julian Castro, DNC 4 Sept 2012

              by pixxer on Mon Jun 24, 2013 at 04:48:36 PM PDT

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      •  Well commuting from Berkeley would be very (3+ / 0-)
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        different than commuting from Sunnyvale.  And I missed all the early stuff anyway, because there was no way I was getting up at 7 to arrive by 8 anyway. So I missed the Liz and Cliff show anyway.  I just made the decision to arrive by 10:30 every day.

        •  Oh, indeed it would. LOL! On my way down (3+ / 0-)
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          on the Nimitz, I was crawling [after two car problems and a car change, I ended up driving rush hour Wed afternoon] over some slabs of broken concrete that looked a bit like they'd been victims of an EQ. I thought, "Geez, I sure wouldn't like to drive over that at 65!" and then, of course, I realized that no one ever does ;)

          We all understand that freedom isn't free. What Romney and Ryan don't understand is that neither is opportunity. We have to invest in it.
          Julian Castro, DNC 4 Sept 2012

          by pixxer on Mon Jun 24, 2013 at 04:54:17 PM PDT

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