Damn.... I don't think I can make the rally... I may have to sell off my tickets.Submitted by aVoiceof Reason. on Sat, 07/26/2008 - 16:50
Alright, I need you fellow Paulites... help me think this through so I can decide what to do.
Everything is so damned expensive. $450 for plane tickets from Chicago to Minnesota. Trains are out of the option as they are completely sold out (it's the D.C. March all over again, but this is also probably because of the RNC Convention).
The only available options for taking a train are either spending $250 plus the regular ticket price for an expensive sleeping room (also out of the question).
Or, I could wait all the way until Monday to go up, and then I'd have a roughly $150 ticket round trip, returning on Wednesday.... that just doesn't leave a lot of time in Minnesota.... although, it would get me back just in time for a class I have that night.
Unfortunately, the new school semester starts the week before the rally.
I thought I would either move back to school late after the rally on the 3rd, or move back early and then just return to Minnesota for that weekend....
I only have classes Wednesday through Friday.... however, since the rally is all day Tuesday, I wouldn't be able to come back until that Wednesday.... meaning I'd likely miss at least one (but probably both) classes that day (classes are from 9 am to 9 pm... yuck).
At my school, if you miss 3 classes you get dropped.... and at $1085 per credit for classes worth 3 credits each, that's a lot of money to lose.
It's so annoying, because I'm already in Minnesota for the summer.... if school just didn't start for another week, everything would work out perfect....
If I go back to school late (coming back Wednesday the 3rd), then it'll mean I'll miss every single class one time (since my classes start the Thursday before: 2 on Thursday, 1 Friday, then 2 the next Wednesday, the day I'd move back, which would take all day).
ahhh.... I'm already confusing myself....
Probably, the best thing to do is move back to school on schedule or early. That way I'm there the first week, can get settled and moved in, get my transportation pass and any other paper work, start classes and work, etc.
Then, take that "cheap" train ticket and come all the way back to Minnesota on Monday, go to the rally on Tuesday, and then get back on the train and go all the way back to Chicago on Wednesday, missing one class, but arriving just in time for an evening class.
OR.... I could just sell my tickets (I've got two... still need to find someone to go with me), not go, and miss out on history in the making.....
hmm.... I did budget extra money in my loans in anticipation for things being expensive/travel expenses....
Damn it.... it's all just one week off.
Well, this post is pretty irrelevant, but at least it helped my work things out and sort out my options....
However, if you have any alternative ideas, let me know what you think.
Well, what do you think?