Can’t afford it. My current company has no idea what makes Yukon better than database XYZ from 1991. PDC would be an investment in my personal future in the software and database development industry. Will I still be working at my company in 2005? Probably not. I will still be affected by the 800 pound gorilla’s new toolsets that change the software development landscape. I could drive the 400 miles to the show and take vacation days from work ($80 + 5 vacation days). I could sleep on a friend’s couch ($0). I could pay $10 a day for parking at the convention center ($30). The networking is priceless. The DVDs will eventually surface. I am sure I will learn a lot and be hyped to develop in the Microsoft sharecropping universe. I just cannot place the actual hard cash ROI.