Just 5 hours after receiving the good news from Philly, my trip is booked...flight/hotel/interview, it's all done. And I found some deals, too! Scored direct flights to/from Philly on US Air for $218, then got a room at the Wyndham for $81 (tax included) via Hotwire. I guess it helps that it's February, but when you're flying out of a vacation/destination city like San Diego, it can be hard to find deals even in the winter.
Checked the weather in both Philly & Chicago...looks like there is typically a 30+ degree difference between those cities and San Diego in February/March. It's 76 degrees and sunny and I'm wearing flip flops today. Guess it's time to pull my old winter gear out of storage :) Aside from my ski gear, it hasn't seen the light of day since March 2003.