ShaneJ, go for it. The chance of a lifetime to enjoy the company and knowledge of some of the nicest people on this planet. Book now with Virgin Australia to get return tickets to Los Angeles for the last week in March returning end of April for under $1100.00. I will not be there this year physically but will be in spirit and via Ventrilo as I have to still have to do a bit of squaring up for my trip last year.
Just a word of warning, dont turn up unannounced in a little Japanese shitcan car as you will be treated with suspicion until you reveal your credentials (any 250 or 350 pickup with some beekeeping gear in the back gives automatic entry).
Your fellow banana bender Lone should be going as well, Bud would really love to meet her and get to hear her music.