It's that time of year again, with business in much of the country following the slowly dropping temperature, and National Pavement Expo West is just on the horizon. Set to kick off this Thursday at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the show includes an exhibit floor supported by a conference program featuring more than 30 technical and management sessions. And they're good ones -- I know because I've worked with many of the presenters since May as they put their programs together. Plus, for contractors who want to get a better understanding of the paving industry from hot mix asphalt production to compaction, the Asphalt Institute is hosting a 3-hour intensive event that will provide just that. So if you have the time, take the time to visit NPE West this Nov. 20-22 in Las Vegas. And if you do get there stop by and look me up. I can usually be found in or near S226 in the convention center, where the speakers congregate. If you don't have the time now I hope to meet you at National Pavement Expo, Feb. 18-21, 2009 in Charlotte, NC.