Home sweet home

So I get home from Linux World, and I have today to run a bunch of errands:

…and then it’s off to get Australia for linux.conf.au. And after I get back from that, a few days later, it’s off to Helsinki where I’m teaching a tutorial for NordU 2002 conference. Yelch. Way too much travel. And I thought I was going to be able to cut back on my travel schedule. Hah.

Well, it’s mostly my fault. The Helsinki trip was planned many months ago. It seemed like a fun thing to do, and I wasn’t planning to do anything else. Then came the e-mail message from Rusty just before Christmas.

Congratulations! Your paper was accepted to linux.conf.au! Since you’re going to be in town, how would you like to do the Keynote?

There was only one problem. I hadn’t submitted a paper.

The note went on to say,

Since you didn’t request travel funding, there’s no money in the budget for your travel expenses.

Well, at least that part was true; I didn’t request travel funding — becuase I didn’t expect to bo going!!

Well, Rusty was able to dig up funding, so I agreed to go, lest there be two rather large holes blown into his schedule. But it means that February is travel hell month. Don’t get me wrong. I do like travel; but there is such a thing as too much, and it’s really hard to have anything resembling a social life when you’re constantly on the road.

Sigh, well, it’ll be good to be back. And after that, hopefully my life really will settle down.