As some have already posted, I was invited to the Western United States Manifold Users Conference, January 18th and 19th down the road in Mesa, AZ. Looking at the presentation abstracts, I should be able to get a real education as to how people are using Manifold in their geospatial projects. Seeing how real folks use the software is always one of the best parts of the ESRI UC. Getting beyond the marketing hype and in the trenches is where the fun it.