I find myself paying for conferences I want to attend, as my employer's training budget got cut this year. Some people are offended that my company isn't scrambling to send me. They say I shouldn't even go if the company won't pay for it.

I find myself paying for my conferences just to make sure that I get a ticket, more than anything else. Some of these events are sold out before I even hear back from my boss.

Even if the company wasn't offering to pitch in (they are), I'm willing to spend my own money to attend these conferences. It makes sense; I'm likely to be the person the education benefits most.

If you're going to Monitorama, MtnWestRubyConf DevOps Day, or DEFCON, let me know. We should hang out and hack.