Good reading...this work is satisfying work...and anyone that knocks it is obviously insecure about themselves. Just a quick insight for you in regards to those around you who always made recommendations to get a 'real' job. Back in the late 30's, my grandfather was a milk man, and delivered milk to over 600 homes daily in Sacramento, CA. Often times, he would greet doctors, lawyers, professors, etc. and they would always treat him second class (after all, he was ONLY a milkman). Well, he only work 6 hours a day, from 4:30 AM until 10:30 AM, and made over 35K per year (which nowadays would be over 100K). He told me this story last year when I expressed to him how certain people (relatives, friends, etc.) would make fun of what I did. He told me he always got the last laugh, and that what was drove him to being so successful. He said that everytime he saw one of his customers, that when he said, "Good Morning", he would always whisper to himself 'ASHOLE' afterwards!!!! LOL He volunteered for duty in WW2, and then life changed for him...but being a milkman definately gave him a great outlook on life. Good luck to you in your endeavors!