Since I got mail asking about where I lived and about my study plans, I thought I'd post an intro here.
My name is Chris and I'm a 39 year old married male. I live in southern maryland (all the way south) so I'm not close to anything I'm afraid, except good bay sailing. My hobbies are Sailing and Astronomy. Although I have a 6" reflector of my own, most of my viewing is now done at http://www.slooh.com
(Check it out!). I received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Virginia-Tech in 1988. I have done some graduate work in Electrical Engineering and most recently Data Mining. I never finished either program because they couldn't hold my interest. I'm currently taking undergraduate Physics and Calculus classes from the local community college. Why? Mainly because I'm bored to tears. I always greatly enjoyed the Physics and Math courses that I had, previously.
I've been working as an electrical engineer for about 15 years now and I am toying with the idea of a mid-life career change. The only other career that I would have an interest in would be Astronomy or Astrophysics. I have no definite plans as of now. However, I plan to finish the Physics/Calculus courses and take the Physics GRE. My current goal is just to take the test for laughs and see how well I can do. IF, I got a respectable score, and IF, I could get a school to take interest in an me, then I might get serious about starting a Masters Program. I'd most likely be looking at a University of Maryland program since that is the closest school to me with a graduate level Astronomy program. Allthough I would love to do a more physics oriented program (Physics or Astrophysics), I'm afraid my brain would not be as flexible as it used to be and I would probably have a better shot at an Astronomy degree.