I'm a rider and will share driving responsibilities; however, I have a
small truck so I don't see much point in donating my vehicle to the
cause unless there's something to haul.
On Wed, Jan 6, 2010 at 12:22 PM, Brad Allen <[address removed]> wrote:
> 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...
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> 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
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