approaches once again, I find myself reflecting upon the state of optical communications. Certainly, there is much to be enthusiastic about. The never-ending bandwidth explosion shows no signs of slowing, thus creating widespread demand across all optical industries, from 100GE for the core, pluggable optics for interconnect, and PON components for FTTx, to name just a few. And there is no better place than OFC/NFOEC to get a read on the status of these important optical technologies. While I would be foolish to make any predictions here, given the unpredictable nature of technology, there are certainly things I will be looking for in technical sessions, on the showfloor, and even in poster sessions.