Wow.... there are about eleventymillion questions to answer from that first page!
ssei1995 - I haven't had a chance to fly into any other airports yet, being that I'm still a student and I'm relegated to my base airport (Glendale). You can bet that I'll be making appearances at some of those places in the future, though!
Boosty - It depends entirely on the sum
willwren - A cross country trip to Oregon may be a possibility, but I'll have to see what happens. I might want to make a long cross country to Iowa later in the year, and I know I don't have the funding to do both. You can be sure I'll let you know if I plan on making an appearance at WCBF.
Darrel - tripscarcare95 is right... just go to a municipal airport and ask about flight instruction with the local air service. It can be a lot of fun, but I must warn you: I was a bit airsick for the first few flights. The intense heat of summer (especially the Arizona summer) can really compound the effects of air sickness, so look for a place that has air conditioned trainers. The Cirrus aircraft I'm flying do not have A/C, unfortunately.
chadow427 - Actually, I'm at a small flight school out of the Glendale airport called Air Safety Flight Academy. There are quite a few flight schools in the area aside from Embry Riddle, which is north of Phoenix in the city of Prescott. My landings are decent at this point, though there'* a lot of room for improvement. And yes, the Cirrus has the full airframe parachute in the event of an irreversible emergency. The procedure for spin recovery in the Cirrus is just that: pull the chute!
kristie_jeff - Somehow I got home yesterday without my instructor coming after me with scissors! I guess I was so sweaty from the flight that he didn't want to get anywhere near my soaked shirt. For those that don't know, the tradition after a student'* first solo is to cut up the shirt they wore for the flight. I have no idea how the tradition originated, though.
Thanks for all the comments and congratulations! And special thanks to Doug for revealing the true nature of my "Pirate Training."