Good news! A fabulous consulting company offered me a job on Wednesday. Part of why it's so fabulous is because it embraces a variety of technologies. One of which is Asterisk + Exchange installations. This sounds very learn-able. The concepts and keywords associated with telecommunications & VoIP are generally new to me...Teracom offers a full-sweep training package for $1,700. It looks good.
I'm now getting up early in the morning for the first time in quit a while and feeling good for it. As you may recall, I just purchased a big training package for MCITP / CCNA training. My current thought is that I'm going to finish the MCITP training, then purchase the Teracom suite, then dive into VoIP.