After 34+ years in aviation business, a mere 58 years young and 30 years of wanting to fly, I finally decided I'm not getting any younger, and its not getting any cheaper, so there's never a better time to get started than today. I called up a CFI in August and got it going. I'm about 17 hours in the air and doing my ground work at the same time mostly through self study. My hitch is in passing Class 3 Medical. I have a couple of "no-no's". One has been worked surgically with no more symptoms is last 18 months, the other is well controlled with medication. Both treating physicians are on board to assist me. The AME I saw assured me he'd help every way he can. For now it's all in the FAA's hands being done in a typical Gub'ment timeframe.... I'm at a point to where my CFI already wanted to Solo me but can't because of the Medical 3 issue, so for now we're continuing on in the syllabus. I've been reading on here of another guy's journey and his efforts to get through SI. It certainly gives me hope that I too shall pass. Till then I'll continue on as far as I can go. I already wound up with a plane (these things can escalate rapidly as most of you know) and sure hope to be able to fly it alone some time in the not so far off future. No matter what I've already learned a lot, proven a lot to myself, had a great time, oh and of course..., spent a lot of cash!