So... you had a suggestion, Angela? :-)
I'll probably suck it up and make a plane reservation soon. Should I come Thursday the 30th to Tuesday the 5th? Or come down on Wednesday the 29th? Go home on Monday the 4th? When do people down there have time to get together? I could still just bag it and cancel the hotel reservations, but I'd rather go.
My thanks to a friend who lent me a AAA membership number! I'll even go renew my membership, which I'd let lapse thanks to the roadside assistance that's included with the Audi warranty.