well its been 3 months and two days, but i am now a licensed private pilot. i'm over the hump. one license down, lots more ratings to come. my multi will probably be next so i can log some time in my father-in-laws' aerostar. but for now though i think i'll enjoy my new license and work on those 50 x-country hours for the IFR rating. it feels good to finally get this done, i just wish i could go fly right now. damn this tropical storm for messing up my flying weather. i need it to pass asap so i can get airborne. thanks jc'ers for all the help and advice so far.