What will all the elegantly crafted technical pieces, which are always the first thing I read in the magazine, I sometimes forget you also write lovely things like this. You should do it more often.
Everyone else: Go find a copy of Peter's book "Flying Airplanes" and read the first chapter right now.
You may be ready for an LSA.
Maybe, someday, a hang glider!
It's an interesting lesson, and I see it learned by friends who fly, and by friends who sail. Sometime in midlife they realize that the quest for bigger/faster/more expensive has taken them away from the experience they loved in the beginning. I know one sailor who has sold his crewed racing yacht and now races a single-handed dinghy - and is thrilled. I've been amazed at how much I enjoy flying LSAs (although, admittedly, they're a slow way to travel).
You can keep the leaks, rattles, etc., though.