Earlier this year I considered skipping the 2012 Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree. It was purely a financial decision, trying to cut back on expenses and such. Air fare is expensive, and I always have to bring my son (he stays with my parents).
The about a month ago, I really started to miss my genealogy friends. Jamboree is always wild and crazy, clearly the fun party in the genealogy conference crowd. But it is also a place to reconnect with fellow bloggers and friends I have made along the way.
I realized that Jamboree provides the necessary social contact that I need at this time. The sessions are always top notch and I will learn a lot, but the down time provides value, too. It's a great opportunity for getting professional opinions, new ideas and even genealogy industry business gossip.
So now I am registered for the 2012 Jamboree. There are other ways I can save money, but Jamboree is not where I should be cutting corners. It's too important to my genealogy mind and spirit.
I also registered for the special Society Leadership Workshop on Friday. I'm not an officer in any of the societies to which I belong, but I figure I can bring back ideas to my groups back in Texas. Is anyone else registered for this track?
Early bird registration ends April 30. I hope you consider joining me in Burbank.