Here's my problem: I know a bunch of people going to Lunacon. In fact, a good number of my friends from the NYC area are going to be there, taking part in different types of programming. It would be nice to hang out with people and stuff. But at the same time, it's still expensive to troop up to Westchester to go to a con, just to hang out with my friends... let's break it down, shall we?
Registration: $40 x 2 people=$80 (Chris would be accompanying me, as I can't get up there by myself)
Hotel: $123 x 2 nights=$246
Tolls and Gas: $30 (nice estimate here)
Food: $100 (again, an estimate)
Assuming that's all the costs, and that I don't buy a single thing at the dealer's room, that's still spending $456 for just three days, to see people who I could normally see by just going into the city. Um, I'm not sure how other people value money, but that's a sizeable amount to me. It's actually cheaper for me to go to Oregon and go to a writer's retreat the next weekend (that's only $343) after Lunacon, than it is to go to Lunacon itself. And I'd sort of like to go to the writer's retreat more, actually.
The only huge draw for me right now, concerning Lunacon, is that Tamora Pierce will be there. I adore Tamora Pierce. She's a great author. I could follow her around in fangirl-ish adoration all weekend (not that she'd like that, I assume). But is it worth the extra money and the fact that Chris would have to take off time from work, just to go meet Tamora Pierce? I don't know that it is.
Arguments for or against me going are quite welcome. I'm strongly leaning towards staying home, at the moment.