Year of Hell (In brief) So, what's taking so long? Where have I been? *sigh* Well, long story short. Due to the economy, my position with the city was eliminated. That was in March of 2010. I'm still looking for work. Enough said about that... but that was just the beginning. My wife, Kim has had the *worst* luck of anyone I know medically. She was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes at age 7. She lost her left leg due to a workers comp accident. We met 3 months after her amputation... that was 10 years ago. Due to the diabetes and complications from the amputation/infection, her health has been fragile at best. The pregnancies from our two kids took their toll too. We don't regret it one bit, the kids are our blessings. Literally- she wasn't supposed to be able to have kids. The Lord had other plans, obviously. Shows what doctors know... She lives in constant pain or discomfort every day. In spite of this, she rarely complains or lets it get her down. She has never asked for, and refuses sympathy or pity. Despite having every reason to give up, she never does. She puts up with me and my hobbies. She even indulges in them. We watch geek stuff and even went to our first comicon this year. I cannot say how lucky I am to have her. The shoe dropped in August of last year. She got progressively more ill, vomiting daily and losing weight. Finally, the doctors diagnosed her. End stage renal failure. That's kidney failure for those not medically inclined. Her kidneys are functioning at about 5%. Anything under 9% and your body is killing itself with the toxin build up. We've been the rounds with her doctors, the renal specialists and now Mayo Clinic. The good news is that she's a great candidate for a double transplant- kidney and pancreas. The bad news? Our out of pocket cost is gonna be around $8,000. That's IF she gets a donor. Needless to say, all we have left is a wonderful collection of pocket lint. Everything else has been liquidated to keep us afloat and it's gone. I care for her as best I can (ex-medic) and take care of the kids. I may be unemployed, but I'm not idle, I can tell you that. Each day is a struggle, but we hold on with hope, faith, trust and pixie dust. That's the long and the short of it. Now, here's my offer: The Galactica here is almost complete. It's one of a kind, and I'm *not* gonna be making another one. I've but blood, sweat and tears (literally) into this build. It's about as close to studio scale as you can get, and to my knowlege is the *only* paper based build of the Galactica at this size out there. I've thought long and hard about what to do with her when done, and I've decided I'm going to try auctioning her off. Why am I giving a heads up now? Because she's unique- no, she's not screen accurate for the Galactica, but you know what? She's cooler than sliced bread and there's lots of other Battlestars she could be. So, I thought I'd give the winner of the auction the option to have her customized as the ship of their choice. You pick the name, I'll make it happen. So stay tuned, nuggets. The opportunity to own several years of my life and a one of a kind collectible model is coming soon... Thanks for listening, and all your support through the years.