In no way do I wish to complain about where or when the event is held, and I greatly appreciate Bill and crew for making this year's event even more special than previous conventions. However, I hope that no one minimizes the cost and effort on the part of those of us who must come from far away. My wife and I are making every effort to attend this Nelsonica, as we have never been able to attend the past conventions, due to distance and money. Last night, we spent some time checking the prices of accommodations in the area, and because of the time of year, everything we looked at was extremely pricey. We originally thought airfare would be a larger portion of the cost, but that pales by comparison to the rates of the rooms. We would also stay more that one or two nights, as it wouldn't make since to travel such a distance to rush in and out again. We've only been to the UK once, in 1988, and we didn't get to see York, so I'm sure you understand. Plus, I have been a Bill Nelson fan for over thirty years, and have never seen him play live, so this means a great deal. Another cost for us would be to buy some warm clothes, it doesn't get very cold here in Florida.
Again, I am not complaining about anything, just trying to put it in perspective for some of you who may not realize the time, cost and effort it takes for some of us.
That being said, I hope to meet many of you at this great event, and as I said, we are making every effort to attend. Afterall, my son can attend college later, he'll understand.
Oh, and thanks to Bill and others who are posting information to accommodations. It's very helpful.