Many people never attend an industry trade show or a conference. Besides the networking, it is a fantastic learning experience. (I don't mean from the sessions, because 80% of the sessions are a dog-and-pony show with a PowerPoint crutch that will boor you to tears). We are in the height of the fall expo season: VON in Boston on Sept. 11-14; CompTel in Orlando on Oct. 8-11; ISPCON in San Jose on Nov. 7-9; and FISPA is having theirs. Attend. Mingle. Absorb. Get ideas.