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NHC Date...
« on: June 19, 2015, 04:40:17 AM »
*Start tiny rant*

My wife and I were chatting about our plans for the next year... because that's the kind of s*** we do on normal week nights... when NHC 2016 came up. I let her know the dates and she mentioned I would, again, miss my kids' last day of school by attending (not angrily or anything). It reminded me of 3 conversations I had with other NHC going fathers last week about the same issue. It sucks. I guess I'm just curious why the AHA chose what ends up being the last week of school for many kids as the week for NHC? Why not push it to a "safer" weekend a couple weeks later?

I'll be going, but it won't be without a touch of guilt... which I don't like.

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Re: NHC Date...
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2015, 05:06:58 AM »
Not being judgmental or anything, just curious what happens on the kids last day at school that you miss and would feel guilty about?

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Re: NHC Date...
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2015, 07:00:05 AM »
It's tricky - keep it where it is - it interferes with some end of school. Move it back, you run into father's days. fun times! There's also the question of hotel availability - as you move deeper into summer, it's harder to get rooms.
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Re: NHC Date...
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2015, 09:08:13 AM »
It's tricky - keep it where it is - it interferes with some end of school. Move it back, you run into father's days. fun times! There's also the question of hotel availability - as you move deeper into summer, it's harder to get rooms.

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Re: NHC Date...
« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2015, 11:47:17 AM »
Hotel rates, hotel rates, hotel rates...   The last week of school is the last week before hotel rates skyrocket. 


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Re: NHC Date...
« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2015, 11:54:49 AM »

Not being judgmental or anything, just curious what happens on the kids last day at school that you miss and would feel guilty about?
Not perceived as judgmental at all! I'm a sentimental sap who really enjoys being a part of these types of seemingly small milestones in my kids' lives. The last day of school usually comes with some sort of celebration where parents are invited, my kids love when I attend these things.

It's tricky - keep it where it is - it interferes with some end of school. Move it back, you run into father's days. fun times! There's also the question of hotel availability - as you move deeper into summer, it's harder to get rooms.
Father's Day may be the best excuse of the year! This actually makes sense, though.

Hotel rates, hotel rates, hotel rates...   The last week of school is the last week before hotel rates skyrocket.
Totally, didn't really consider this.

NHC in winter, anyone?

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Re: NHC Date...
« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2015, 11:57:54 AM »

Not being judgmental or anything, just curious what happens on the kids last day at school that you miss and would feel guilty about?
Not perceived as judgmental at all! I'm a sentimental sap who really enjoys being a part of these types of seemingly small milestones in my kids' lives. The last day of school usually comes with some sort of celebration where parents are invited, my kids love when I attend these things.

It's tricky - keep it where it is - it interferes with some end of school. Move it back, you run into father's days. fun times! There's also the question of hotel availability - as you move deeper into summer, it's harder to get rooms.
Father's Day may be the best excuse of the year! This actually makes sense, though.

Hotel rates, hotel rates, hotel rates...   The last week of school is the last week before hotel rates skyrocket.
Totally, didn't really consider this.

NHC in winter, anyone?

Winter?  That would be one way to get it to Tampa.
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Re: NHC Date...
« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2015, 12:34:58 PM »
Not being judgmental or anything, just curious what happens on the kids last day at school that you miss and would feel guilty about?

Next year, my son's 8th grade graduation (I know, I know) falls right in the middle of NHC so I may not be able to go.  Is it bad for me to hope for the same kind of winter we had this past year so it gets pushed to the following week? ;)

It's tricky - keep it where it is - it interferes with some end of school. Move it back, you run into father's days. fun times! There's also the question of hotel availability - as you move deeper into summer, it's harder to get rooms.

What better gift for a Dad?  Last year, we came home on Father's Day and got a free beer on Southwest!

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Re: NHC Date...
« Reply #8 on: June 19, 2015, 01:04:08 PM »
I guess I don't understand the significance of the last day of school. I was always thrilled but it wasn't something I celebrated.

Traveling in winter sucks. I've had flights canceled due to snow and ice before. That is no fun.
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Re: NHC Date...
« Reply #9 on: June 19, 2015, 01:09:40 PM »
What better gift for a Dad? 

Exactly.  I can't imagine a better Father's Day gift than getting to go to NHC. Hopefully next year.
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« Reply #10 on: June 19, 2015, 01:10:44 PM »
Traveling in winter sucks. I've had flights canceled due to snow and ice before. That is no fun.
Even more fun when the pilot comes on over the intercom and says they are almost ready to leave...just a quick stop to get the ice off the wings before we take off.   :o
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« Reply #11 on: June 19, 2015, 02:12:02 PM »
I guess I don't understand the significance of the last day of school. I was always thrilled but it wasn't something I celebrated.

Traveling in winter sucks. I've had flights canceled due to snow and ice before. That is no fun.

Now they do graduation parties or ceremonies seemingly every year.
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Re: NHC Date...
« Reply #12 on: June 19, 2015, 02:15:58 PM »
I guess I'm just curious why the AHA chose what ends up being the last week of school for many kids as the week for NHC? Why not push it to a "safer" weekend a couple weeks later?

Maybe it's time for you to lobby your school district to start and end the school year earlier so you are free to attend NHC.

I had no idea kids regularly went to school into June. When I was a kid I think we had to go once or twice at the end of June because we had too many snow days. I remember finding that blasphemous as a kid. All the districts around here, as far as I know, end the regular school year the week before Memorial Day.
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Re: NHC Date...
« Reply #13 on: June 19, 2015, 02:20:54 PM »
All the districts around here, as far as I know, end the regular school year the week before Memorial Day.
Same here.  School usually starts in August and is wrapped up at the end of May.  We almost never get snow days, though (has happened twice in the ten years my daughter has been in school).  We do get hurricane days sometimes, though.

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« Reply #14 on: June 19, 2015, 02:32:56 PM »
In MI the legislature passed a law requiring schools to start after Labor Day. Why? It was to give the tourism business in the northern part of the state one last big weekend. As a consequence the school year goes into June to get the required days into the year. The Hudecek brothers missed their first NHC since 2003 due to the schedules conflicting.

I remember spending many summer solstices inside, seeing very little sun at the NHC. There were always the grumbles about Father's Day.

Room rates are a big deal. At Philly, Gary Glass said they had locked in a good rate during the recession, and if they were to book again at that time, 2013, the rates would be doubled. The hotel rate is a deal breaker for many.
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