Hi Yitzchak -

I might be interested. A few code4lib folks and I did this for
code4lib 2007 in Athens, Georgia; our carpool started in Philadelphia,
went through DC, and picked up a few folks along the way in Virginia.
Even if you can't get a whole lot of people from New York proper, you
may be able to snag some others along the way.


Mark A. Matienzo
Applications Developer, Digital Experience Group
The New York Public Library

On Wed, Oct 14, 2009 at 11:28 AM, Yitzchak Schaffer
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> Hi all, apologies for cross-post from con list:
> My conference proposal last year was turned down b/c of our budget
> crunch, and I'm wondering what I can do to increase the likelihood of
> approval this year.  I'm wondering if anyone in a similar situation
> would be interested in the idea of an NYC metro carpool for the ~12
> hour drive to and from Asheville in Feb?  If someone has a car
> available (I don't) we could use it, or else rent a car if we had at
> least, say, 4 people.  (Also perhaps this wouldn't be as feasible for
> the luggage-heavy travelers among us.)
> We would have to discuss whether to go for the precons or not.
> My estimation of car rental + gas is roughly $500 total for a 5-
> seater, so figure about $100 per person with five.  Airfare, by
> contrast, is about $300.  I would suggest that each person put in a
> deposit of $75, so in case of one or more bailouts, no one gets stuck
> paying for (much) more than expected.  If all bail, all get the money
> back.
> There's no telling until prob. after registration whether MPOW will
> give me registration & hotel money, so I might myself bail; if it does
> go through, I'd be up for renting & driving.
> Any interested parties?
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