Fwd: [PyCon-Organizers] Sprint to PyCon / Code on the Road / Snakes On a Bus

From: Sheila A.
Sent on: Wednesday, January 6, 2010 11:49 AM
See Catherine's idea below; there probably aren't enough of going to
PyCon from DFW to justify renting a bus, but it's a fun idea
nevertheless. There may be too many of us to fit in one car (as we did
with pyArkansas)...but what do you think? Maybe two or three cars
would provide enough flexibility for differences in schedule...

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From: Catherine Devlin <[address removed]>
Date: Fri, Dec 11, 2009 at 10:40 AM
Subject: [PyCon-Organizers] Sprint to PyCon / Code on the Road / Snakes On a Bus
To: [address removed], [address removed], Carl Karsten <[address removed]>
Cc: "[address removed] Pycon-Organizers" <[address removed]>

To: usergroup leaders, and others...

Road trip, anyone?? Oops, I mean: ROOOOOOOOOAD TRIP, anyone?

Imagine a busload of Pythonistas travelling from your city to PyCon,
geeking out all the way.

Do you like the idea?? Would you like to try to make it happen?? It's
only an idea so far, but it doesn't have to stay that way.

Of course, arranging carpooling for PyCon attendees is just common
sense... but I'm thinking of something more grandiose, something that
transforms a "trip" to PyCon into a *voyage* to PyCon.? Something that
would amount to a rolling sprint / Open Space session.

Is this possible?? To get a very rough idea, I got a quote from one
bus company (http://usabuschar...­).? For a Feb 16 - 22 trip
(enough for tutorial + conference, but not sprints).? A 47-passenger
bus with driver costs
$6300 from Washington, DC? ($134 @ round-trip if 47 passengers; $252 if 25)
$6400 from Chicago ($136 / $ 256)
$4895 from Raleigh, NC ($104 / $196)

47 passengers is as small as it generally gets for long trips.? Keep
in mind that you may be able to scoop up more passengers along your

Reducing the trip from Feb 18 - 22 (missing tutorials) only cuts the
bus cost to $5400/$5720/$4985.? When comparing the cost to airline
costs, remember that the bus eliminates airport parking and car
rental.? (Then again, since there's a Metro rail line from the airport
to downtown, nobody should need to rent a car anyway.)? Also, you can
bring as many ounces of fluid as you darn will please.

A more modest option would be to rent a 12-passenger van.? In that
case, I'm getting prices (for a heavily-insured rental) like $1100
($92 @).? Of course, in that case, you'd have to provide fuel and

Just remember to call it something impressive, like "the bus", "the
Mighty Pythonic Express" or whatnot.? Bonus points if you can find
something alternatively-fueled­, can paint it wacky colors, or whatnot.
 The point is to generate a trip that is a meeting, a rolling
miniconference in its own right, something that people get excited
about taking part in.

Of course, if you have a potential sponsor company in your area that
*owns* a bus, or a zepplin, then that would would be almost too good
to be true!

Size-wise, a minibus might be ideal, but minibus charters seem aimed
at short-range trips rather than cross-country voyages.

Anyway, poll your membership.? See if there's interest in riding it
and (more importantly) in helping organize it.

Thanks!? See you in Atlanta - by plane, bus, or llama caravan!

- Catherine
*** PyCon * Feb 17-25, 2010 * Atlanta, GA * us.pycon.org ***

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