I realized this morning that I hadn't booked my flight to SMOFCon in Columbus yet. It would have been embarrassing (and expensive) had I not remembered until, say, the week before the con. To my relief, I found some quite-reasonable airfares, eventually settling on a $260 fare on United SFO-CMH via Denver outbound and O'Hare returning. The outbound trip is at 7:42, so if I want to take transit, I'll have to be on the first BART train of the day, the 4 AM out of Fremont. The $25 BART parking + $15 BART fare is still cheaper than driving to SFO and parking for five days, though.
And none of them are on RJs -- the smallest plane involved is a 737 from Denver to Columbus, and the largest is a 777 from ORD to SFO. All of the flights had plenty of seats, and I was thus able to book my preferred seats -- with me having an aisle to my right -- on all four legs.
Lisa still says she wants to drive back out there, but only if she can get the transmission replaced on her little pickup. That's one of the tasks on the agenda for my trip to Oregon the week of October 12-18.