NARP is throwing a big party for its 50th anniversary, in Chicago early in November (Nov 2 - 5)
I was looking forward to it, until I started calculating the cost that is. Turns out that I can pretty much do a round trip to India in Coach for the cost of the Hotel, Registration, Gala Dinner etc. etc. all put together, even before I add in the cost of transport to get there and back. Which is now giving me a bit of a pause. What are the rest of y'all involved with NARP planning to do?
I might still make it there, staying at a cheaper hotel or some such. We'll See. But wow! It was a bit of a shock!
Well, I'm going, but my stocks have been doing *very well* this year (well enough to pay for an extension on my house), so it's not feeling expensive to me this year.
(Flying to India isn't an option for me since we don't fly, and this is still a lot cheaper than a round trip on the Queen Mary 2. And I have to stay in fancy hotels anyway in order to get cotton sheets, and go to everything-made-from-scratch restaurants to get food without guar gum. So it's ending up comparable to the price of a typical trip to Chicago for me. Unfortunately, that's my life with allergies. In addition, I have plenty of other reasons to visit Chicago.)
Also, if they're going to try to lobby *me*... well, I've got some very definite opinions about the publication of ingredients lists which I would love to share with Amtrak's management before I have to hire a lawyer to sue Amtrak. Which I may do in 2018 (I'm quite busy this year).
From what I know of gala dinners at conventions, they're always really expensive and intended to some extent as a fundraiser. Always. There's a reason they're broken out separately. So honestly, unless you're feeling flush this year, skip that.
Regarding the convention price... maybe someone should ask Jim Matthews why they don't have different prices depending on how early people registered. It's a good question.