Someone must have wanted me to go this year. For some reason, 12 days before PAX on a whim I decided I wanted to go this year.
I was able to find a reasonable priced 3 day pass that was too jacked up in price. The bus fare, roundtrip is only $45 since I live in Portland, OR and I was able to find a room share for $150 for the entire weekend.
I am happy everything seemed to come together.