I've been a Rutan enthusiast since I was a child and saw the 3-2-1 Contact episode about the Voyager. Aviation has been one of my biggest passions throughout life and I was able to earn my PPL in 2008. I have built cars since I was young and naturally decided that I needed to build my own airplane. I had myself convinced that the RV-7 was going to be the one. (please don't ban me!) I figured since it was newer, I was comfortable with metal, etc. My son and I went to Oshkosh in '10 and caught one of Burt Rutan's forums. Then we caught Dick Rutan's forum. At that point I decided they were the two coolest guys on earth and I had to build a Long-EZ! We went back the following year for Burt's tribute and attended everything EZ we could get our hands on. I attended Rough River a couple of years but always managed to be there when everyone was somewhere else, lol.
Life has a way of kicking you in the gut at times and I still haven't been able to actually start making airplane parts. I am working my way through the composite practice handbook though. I've read the CP's beginning to end at least four times and have of course scoured YouTube for all of the Rutan and Mike Melvill videos I can. Mike has perched himself at the top of my coolest pilots in the world rankings. I've put together my plans from the OpenEZ project and marked all of the changes in the CP's. My wife and I just moved into our new house in Alabama with a shop this year. I'm starting to put my workspace together and get rid of a bunch of extra junk. Hopefully within the next year I can start to slowly work my way through the build.