Hello folks, I've been lurking here for several years, and have digested as much information as I could find--which is actually a tremendous amount. I'm not quite there yet, still launching a career, and far from as self-sufficient as I would like to be. But in the mean time, I'm learning everything I can. I'm a native of Wisconsin, but took a 2-3 year contract on Long Island. Hoping to get back to the Midwest at some point--the pace and the expense on Long Island, I still find to be pretty crazy. Beautiful place, and very cool people. Just really, really expensive and crowded.