Monday (12/15/08) 2:19pm - ... wherein Peter ponders SoFlex.
I'm still pondering going to SoFlex (the South Flordia Lindy Exchange) next month.
I tend to think by writing, so I figured I'd write for a bit about whether I should go or not. This may not be of general interest.
Generally speaking, I've been using three criteria for whether I should go to an event. Let's go over those first:1. Is it somewhere I want to go anyway?
Tentative "yes". I don't recall Fort Lauderdale being much of a cultural mecca the last time I was out that way
, but I do recall the beaches being very nice, and the tourist kitsch being pleasant enough. It may be that, come mid-January, I really do need to fly away and go sit by the ocean for a spell.2. Will I know anybody there?
This is looking like a rather emphatic "no". According to facebook
, I will know exactly two people
there.3. Is it a competition?
No. Nor does it list performances. I don't like competition- and performance-heavy events, so this goes in the plus column.
Offhand it looks like it could be something pleasant along the lines of DCBX, or it could be a small pile of fail. I suppose I can look at additional criteria and see if that helps:a. How much does it cost?
AUS/FLL plane tickets look to be in the $225-$275 range. Direct flights are available. Times are tolerable. I imagine I'd fly back on Sunday evening as opposed to Monday morning. (I have yet to have a good time staying through to the bitter end of an exchange.) Registration is $85. So we're looking at $350-ish + the usual smorgasbord of travel expenses.b. How will I get along with the folks I don't know?
Owing to the economic slowdown, ALX
wound up with relatively few out-of-state visitors; it looks like SoFlex will be the same way. How will I get along with all the Floridians? I haven't heard anything either way about the relative friendliness of the Florida scene(s), so for now, I'd call this a known unknown.c. Is anything else of interest going on that weekend?
Hmm. I'd wind up missing that weekend's ASG read
. It's the off weekend for Kick Butt Blues
, so I wouldn't miss that. I would miss the mid-season premiere of BSG
, but I imagine the Drafthouse would re-run it the next week. Beyond that, I don't know what's going on in Austin that weekend apart from the usual improv shows.
Bleh. What a paucity of information to work from!
Anyway, I'll decide one way or the other on this in the next few days, 'cos the available flights are dwindling. *sigh* It would be a frustrating $400 gamble even if I were making this decision right before the dance weekend. But now I'm trying to account for how I might feel next month. Will I feel like travelling? Will I feel like dancing? Will I be in dire need of sunlight and company?
I'm currently leaning no-wards. It's a lot of money. Dancing has been a bit 'meh' lately. I've been having spotty luck with exchanges and with travel.
But I'll keep kicking around the dilemma for a few days.
_________ Technically, it looks like the dance events take place closer to Boca Raton, about 20 miles up the beach.
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