I'm depressed, and excited.
I share the views on both side of the aisle.
I agree, a brisket is a lot of work, especially if it doesn't turn out all that great, but when it does, heaven.
Anyway, I'm smoking a 11 lb'r tomorrow. Going to try some different techniques from my last one. I've been avoiding smoking one for over a year, but I will not quit until I smoke one that is perfect (to my taste).
Going to be a loooong day.