Well, I did my vacation time and money spreadsheets for next year. It looks like about this time next year I'll be able to take a four-day weekend. Where I go will depend on how much money I have, which is determined by how much the events which come before it in the year cost. Right now there is no money, but the budgeted costs that far out are mostly overkill guesses, and do not take into account any hotel room-sharing. (If I budget to cover the entire bill myself, then I'm still OK if somebody can't make it or has no money or never gets around to paying me, all things which have happened in the past and used to throw a wrench into the works before I learned.) So there probably will be some money by the time next August rolls around, but not so much that I expect to fly anywhere. Maybe I'll drive to somewhere on the Washington coast.