I was asked if I was interested a couple of months ago, but it wasn't until yesterday that approval came through for the company to pay for it. Of course then I had to OK it with my wife (because she's working and it will leave her with extra child care she wasn't prepared for). That's OK as well, so I'm going!
So I bought my airline ticket, then tried to buy a conference ticket. Wrong order. O'Reilly can't process my order.
So right now I'm flying to Portland at the same time as a conference that I can't purchase a registration at. Wonderful.
In other news, my employer is looking for another developer. If you're good at Perl and are interested in working for Rent.com (a subsidiary of eBay) in Santa Monica, I can put you in touch with my boss.