Thanks for your look-in-the-mirror question. I thought hard about it, and the answer is: no, I'm not going to complain when the best guys in the Midwest tell me what the Numero Uno beach can be on that day, and then it doesn't materialize, even after a long drive. I'm buying a beer too.
And I do know about joys of a good company: since last fall, we had 3 trips to South Padre, plus a fantastic powder skiing/boarding in Utah, with a crew of between 10 and 18. We didn't spend windless days bitching, believe me
It just takes a while to get a group of people here locally to go together, with all these family attachments, work, business, and other well-known excuses.
Finally, thanks for the tip re. Wednesday - I'm flying out of Chicago in the evening but I still will be tempted.