I don't know what bit me to want to fly. It was actually right after 9/11, which I find an odd event to trigger wanting to fly. But whatever. I started flight training when I graduated from college in 2003. KADS was right down the street from work so I started taking flying lessons. A few things got in the way quickly. We lost our first pregnancy and then my father in law passed. The latter event then caused us to have to buy a house in order to keep my mother in law from becoming homeless. She then found out she had lung cancer. I also needed to start studying for my CPA exams. Then the FBO went bankrupt. Add that all together and flying got put on hold. For 12 years. Last year I found myself in a job that demanded less of my time. I was used to 60 hour weeks and this was asking 45. The local flight instructor had an opening and I told my wife this was my chance. Got myself through flight training in 7 months and even endured the flight instructor closing shop. Found a part time instructor to finish me up. Last October I shook a DPE's hand and was congratulated on passing my checkride. Dream accomplished. In the meantime I had also bought my own plane. Another dream accomplished. I take my career pretty seriously. I've been doing well with my progression and my company is an international Fortune 50/100 whatever that has foreign subsidiaries. My wife had grown up a little in Germany and I had put feelers in my professional pipeline about an international assignment, which I always thought would be an amazing way to broaden my perspective and see the world. Back in January my boss sits me down with an opportunity to go to Germany for a few years. Awesome! Oh crap, I can't take my plane. Wife and I discuss the opportunity, the experience it will be for ourselves and our children. The building block it will be for my career. How much does it cost to fly in Germany? Arm and a leg. Plane will be available for me during our annual home leave. Got someone to take care of it while I'm gone. All good. I've got lots of runway left in life. Plus the international assignment comes with financial perks that will enable me to afford a better plane in the future. So, the dreams have collided. The dream of flying vs the dream of living abroad. Looking forward to this grand adventure, even if it means putting flying back down for a bit. I head over in July. In the meantime, I'm looking forward to my big flying trip to Boston in a few weeks. Perhaps my last hurrah for a while. I will also miss flying dogs for PnP. Been a great way to contribute and fly at the same time. So off to Deutschland. I'll send you a postcard.