It is a little less than four months before I must shed my skin and become a 24HD Greater Doc. I think a larval stage is in order in the near future, Eric Raymond's so-called "Larval Hacker" phase, where the hacker must acquire vast supplies of knowledge so that he/she might cocoon themselves within the bowels of The Machine, only to arise anew, more powerful than you can possibly imagine.
I think I'm also thinking this way because I've been reading programming books (the practical kind, for a change) whenever they don't have something for me to read at work. I'm getting better. Faster.