Pardon the long-winded story, but I feel the need to share... Finally figured out why I've been kinda depressed the past few months -- I've been suffering from hate-my-job-itis and aviation withdrawal! I spent 11 years in aviation, both military and civilian, but after the fiasco at my last aviation employer, I decided I was burned out and needed to leave the industry and try something different. So I ended up with a job rebuilding heavy truck transmissions. Well, the work is neat, and I certainly learned a lot, but the workplace SUCKS! Calling the shop a greasepit is charitable... and for 2 hours after I come home, I blow nasty dirtclods out of my nose from all the sh*t in the air there. I haven't been happy, and the pay is only about 60% of what I made before, but it's a steady job, and I got it at a time when the local job market wasn't too hot. So I've been toiling along, doing a job I kinda liked in an environment I HATED, for not much money, and wondering why I was never really happy anymore ... until the "light bulb" came on. So I finally did something about it. I went to see the admissions people at the Aviation Institute of Maintenance, and I decided today that I'm leaving my current job and going back to school (starting Feb. 22) to get my Airframe & Powerplant license from the FAA. Gonna get back into the aviation industry, which is where my heart still is (and probably always will be). It's gonna be a long 9 months as a fulltime student, working part-time after school and on weekends to keep the bills paid, but the payoff at the end of the road will be worth it. Of course this means my K5 build is on hold again, but I've got a donor truck to gut and sell off, so there'll be something for me to do in my rare moments of free time.