Sadly, I will not be able to attend Oracle OpenWorld this year.
Among the various excuses I could come up with:
1. Lack of vacation time. I might be able to get the time off, but I would not be able to replace that paycheck.
2. Lack of a plane ticket. If not for #1, I think I could have eventually scored a ticket by begging or borrowing.
3. Lack of a place to say. Same as #2. I'm sure I could have found somewhere to crash. I could move around from friend to friend's hotel room so I would not wear out my welcome. I've never had a problem sleeping on the floor.
4. Lack of beer money. I actually don't believe this would have been much of a problem, if COLLABORATE 09 was any indication.
I was hoping to meet thousands upon thousands of people, but I'll have to wait until next year.
I'll still keep up the page with all the links that I find to the event.
Perhaps I'll have a Oracle OpenWorld unconference session at my house?