It appears that none of my proposals made the cut for this year's OSCON. This morning I got four rejections emails from "Vee" (closely followed by four emails from gnat apologising for turning my middle initial in to a hash!)
So I need to seriously consider how much I want to be at OSCON. In 2000 I paid for it all myself and that cost me a lot of money. In 2001 I reduced the costs by speaking, which meant I didn't have to pay to get into the conference. By giving a tutorial last year I managed to cut the costs even more and that was really what I was hoping for again this year.
I'm making a lot less money than I was in 2000, so it's going to be hard to justify paying for it myself. At times like this I wish I wasn't self-employed so that I could get my company to pay for it.
I think it's almost certain that I won't be in Portland. I may try to get to YAPC::Europe in Paris instead.