PELETON, NO PROBLEM, ENRON WAS JUST AN EXAMPLE NOT AIMED AT YOURSELF..... If I offended you I do appologize...................... , I felt that I had to mention what was said in public in reply to what my interpretation of your post was......., I am so happy to see that you had some great experiences as well.... Spike as you correctly say guys tend to shine or try to polish a high rollers marble a bit more but in camp they are treated with equall respect and shown the same great experiences, I for one am not ashamed but rather proud to say that the red carpet is rolled out for each and every client I entertain and hunt with, this I believe comes with passion, passion for the industry and passion for what we do, which IMO has got lost in some cases especially amongst some professionals,, (I do get you there PELETON.....) In my experience there are the so called,... premadonna guides........, the excentic ones............, the people pleasers..........., the washed up ones or rather when we's..........., the walking dictionaries........ and then Hollywood........ all of these have certain charactiristics that one could utilise as a professional.... the secret is not to get into the chest thumping as you say, but rather find a middle road somwhere along the line where one can employ or rather put into practice each and every individual (+) skill to provide the most well rounded safari experience and be the ultimate guide.... I have one or two great guides I look up to and try to emulate (to a point), the secret is to be true to ones self and do all you do with the highest level of integrity (agree with you there as well) I do also agree that there is no shame in making a bad shot, if you have not gone through this,... you have not shot enough... it happens. I share your sentiment on several of your ideas, unfortunatly my honesty has also got me in some tight spots in the past but then again I have always been able turn around, and be proud or rather do not need to be ashamed of what I had said, as it was an honest and truthfull reply and opinion. Once again I hope that you are able to reach those goals you have set (especially the remaining ones in Africa) and I truly believe and hope that those will create fond memories even more so than those ones you already cherish... Once asgain... only my best.