Last winter I had plans to attend the Great Plains Super Launch for high-altitude ballooning. It's an annual event held in the midwest and this year is taking place in Kansas City.
UTARC had committed to attend, and I was going to go as well, but rising gas prices and my commitment to go back to San Diego next week took precedence, and I'll be unable to attend.
If any hams are in the area, I highly recommend going. If you're interested in high-altitude ballooning, near-space research, or are just curious, I would make plans to head out there.
I did get t-shirts for the kids, the wife, and myself. Unfortunately they'll be worn in abstention.
As for San Diego, I'm going to make a bigger effort to hit some repeaters as I get time. I'd like to at least say I've talked in California rather than just to someone in California.