Whereas the good folks of TSP would still have "comped" me a free ride, allowing me to still contribute to the Symposium where needed, I decided that I would forgo it all and just stay home. I've missed a lot of work already this year because of the passing of my father and I have even more to miss a couple of months now for NEAIC/NEAF. I just felt it was more prudent to stay home.
Actually, in recent years, missing TSP is probably not a bad thing in terms of doing astronomy. I've been disappointed the past 5 or 6 years, as the weather hasn't really allowed much in the way of productivity. And even when the skies are clear and dark, I've never been impressed with the astronomical seeing, nor the very short evenings. I've had regrets each of the last several years that I have attended simply because it hasn't been a good trade-off with the joys I get from being with my family.
Anyway, I'll put the presentation on the back-burner, as I loved the idea for the presentation and the materials I've already produced.