There are some unfortunate side-effects from the tightening of our corporate purse strings. It will be extremely unlikely that they'll pay for me to go to any of the Perl conference's this year. Sure I'll ask, but then I'll sit back and wait to see just how loud I'm laughed at.
Well, just pay for it yourself then. Well, my wife and I will be visiting my family in England this Summer and we've got a number of DIY chores (mainly the floor and wall tile in the bathroom's) that we've been putting off for too long and we'd like to get done. That doesn't exactly leave a bucket load of cash just laying around to be used for conferences I'm afraid.
Oh well, looks like last year's TPC in San Diego will be the last conference I'll attend for the time being at least - sigh.