Sorry for the long lapse in posting. I spent all week last week studying for the CCNA exam that I took on Friday morning. 825 is required to pass. I scored a 776. Maddeningly close. I was frustrated and angry at myself. I didn't train much last week, really just had my head in the books the entire week.
It wasn't a lack of knowledge that caused me to fail, just a lack of execution. I am one of those strange folks that can read something, and (usually) retain it enough to excel on an exam. To be honest this may be the first time I've studied for anything and still failed. It's enough to make you question your intellect. It is a major bummer to say the least, and a waste of $250 at that.
More studying and a reschedule. I'm going to pass this damn thing, it's only a matter of time.