I think - though - I was being pretty close minded. First - I learned more about Node from Sim Bateman at cfObjective. He demonstrated using Node beyond just simple web pages and how it could complement an existing web application platform like ColdFusion.
Next I read this excellent post by Andy Matthews about unit testing with Grunt. What surprised me was how npm, a Node package manager, actually was able to install an executable script to my system. All of a sudden I could see myself using this Node-related tool to complement my HTML5/ColdFusion/whatever applications.
And then - literally like an hour or two later - I read this post by Pamela Fox about how she uses the same tool as part of her build process.
To be clear - I have no objections to learning another web-based product. I love ColdFusion. But other cool tools out there exist. But I made a big mistake in thinking of Node as just a ColdFusion alternative.
Forgive me - I can be a bit slow. ;)