pained - congratulations, I've enjoyed reading of your travels and photos
shoe - I hear ya, that's why I often say that those free perks aren't necessarily so free
iahflyr - it's a good thing we do prefer our current status, because speaking for myself, not only do I prefer our good fortune over our previous demanding and challenging, yet rewarding lifestyle; I'm convinced that I couldn't do it anymore. I've turned worthless (ask Mrs. Erc) when it comes to doing more than three or four productive things a day!
Use it or lose it and I've lost it ( don't go wacky on me boys, we're talkin' work, )