San Diego four-day passes sold out

I saw this mentioned on a couple of blogs today. San Diego four-day passes are already sold out! I was thinking about buying one a couple of weeks ago, but I figured I didn’t need to be in a hurry or anything. It’s the hotel rooms that are usually the big problem, so I was going to wait until I’d figured that out before I bought my pass. Oops. I can still buy four individual one-day passes, but now I’m wondering if I should even go. Without the four-day pass, I can’t get into preview night, so that’s one thing already shot down. And I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to pick up the passes on Wednesday night, so I’d be stuck in the general chaos on Thursday morning, waiting in an undoubtedly long line. (And I’m assuming that I could pick up all four passes on Thursday, but I’m not sure about that.)

Hotel reservations open up next week, and, by the look of things, it’s probably unlikely that I’d get a decent room anywhere close to the convention center. I was hoping that the recession might put a dent in the ballooning of SDCC, at least to the extent that I could buy a four-day pass in late March, and get a hotel room at, say, the Embassy Suites, for a decent price, but it’s not looking like that’s going to happen.

Well, I’ve been going to the con for ten years now, so maybe it’s time to take a year off. I’m not sure what else I’d want to do for a summer vacation though. Maybe Tech Ed? What’s Los Angeles like in May? And does a programming conference count as a vacation?

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