Whereas I don't believe that we will change the viewpoint of those who look down on mechanics as being something less than your average Joe nor that of society as a whole I would also like to add my 2 cents.
I have always enjoyed working on cars even tho I have never had formal training. I usually find out the hard way that I am in too deep and I have learned a lot that way! At the same time I am never afraid to try and the thrill of figuring out how others have built and designed a machine has always given me a thrill (not to mention skinned knuckles, a lighter wallet and a good command of swear words!). I can say that this is the best web site ever when it comes to honest, straight forward and timely advice about a car that I hope to keep running well into the next century.
Thanks! Just ignore the smucks, there are plenty of honest appreciate folks out there that appreciate your feedback.