I'm very excited for you....
Richard!!! I know how you feel when it comes to the trades. I just lost a job with a guy I've done floors for for 9 years!! We've become pretty good friends over the years, I looked at the job on Monday, got a workmate to get it done in a timely fashion and found a good price on material for him. I've stopped marking up material to get more jobs...he called me this morning to tell me he hired someone else. I broke down and just balled. Not only am I out a few thousand, but so is my work mate. I can't take it much longer and will probably be carrying my books to school soon.
Keep us update, I've no money for a trip this year, so I'll be living vicariously through you!!