Thanks Matthies. No joke, your posts have always been valuabe to me, right down to the cute kittens!
Also, your comments here mirror what I've already learned anecdotally and through friends. I've got a cousin who's a lawyer and a paralegal uncle, and both have alrady made it clear to me that knowing people is the (a) key to success. Thanks for laying it out so succinctly. I might even print this onto paper!