Pam, I think I started a year after you: Seattle. I had seen Pati Walton make a bead and I think Cindi Brown, and taken a hothead class with Peggy Prielozny, so I knew a bit, but was certainly a rank beginner. I watched Loren Stump render the Seattle Space Needle in murini, complete with reflections in the windows and clouds in the sky. I needed to have my jaw wired shut; I found it agape for most of his presentation. I had taken a pre-conference workshop that included Tom Boylan as a student. Only figured that out after the fact -- I knew his name, but not his "name" at the time. I was in way over my head, and I wouldn't change a thing. So I agree with you in that the program should be the latest, greatest, most cutting edge it can be.