Well, I'll be seeing Dr. Kaufman on 9/1. I made the appt a couple of months ago, but didn't make up my mind to definitely go until a few weeks ago. I had considered seeing Dr. DeMeirleir, but they never responded to my e-mail I sent some 4 weeks ago. I understand that it can take a lot of time to contact him and realize I just don't want to deal with that. OMI is about 340 miles from where I live, so I'll be doing the trip in 2 days, hoping I won't be crashed while I'm there. In any event, this week-end I finally got around to reserving a room in Los Banos (my way station) and Palo Alto and was startled to see that the place I wanted to stay in Los Banos (cheap but not too cheap, with good reviews) only had 3 rooms left for the Monday night I'll be there, and the place in Palo Alto, which I got from a list OMI provided, only had 3 rooms left also for Tuesday night, and none were the "cheapest" rooms ($129 a night), so I got one at $143 (with AAA discount). The next available room was over $160. And this place was one of the least expensive on the list OMI provided, but it also looks very nice: http://paloaltocountryinn.com/?gclid=CO_y9LjmsMcCFQyoaQodKTsPMw I've never run into this, booking a motel room on a Monday and Tuesday night, not a holiday week-end, 2 weeks in advance, and having rooms getting scarce. So if I had booked earlier, I could have saved some money, though not a lot, but the scary part is if I had waited another week to make a reservation, I could have easily been looking at over $200 to stay one night in the Mountain View area. Dr. Kaufman has raised his rates, $525 for initial appt now - everything adds up, as you all know.