I don't post much but I am a long time reader. I left the big green machine over 3 years ago for LPL and I couldn't be happier with my decision. I've had about 10 friends that have done the same thing in my area and the overall consensus is that "There is a whole new world". We let out a collective "ahhhhh" every day when we get to the office.
Not-so-newindy, I take it the move wasn't made too unpleasant by your former employer? It appears you were concerned about retaliation, but I didn't see any evidence in your posts that things got nasty as some making the leap have indicated.
At any rate, congratulations on a successful transition. There's nothing any sweeter than loving your job so much that you actually can't wait for Monday morning. I hope I'm still doing this job when I'm 80.