Lots of good comments here. Obvert, in particular, may have hit it on the head. Some comments were particularly kind and generous, which is much appreciated. However, my hope is that Bullwinkle won't check my thread anytime soon. If he does, his sense of honesty and fair play will do battle with his innate courtesy. Ultimately, he will weigh in on my ability compared to the abilities of certain other folks, and I will be reduced to a quivering bowl of pudding.
I'm not going to change my style of play. It's June '42. The Allies are doing fine and will continue the gathering of the storm, meanwhile looking for opportunities to strike on advantageous terms. But if Steve is truly on the defensive and as adept as we all think he is, I'm not going to stick my nose out recklessly at this early date in the game. No need to. The Allies are in great shape going forward (unless he's been pulling a big maskirovka and is about to unleash a typhoon of epic proportions, which I doubt).
Ummmm . . . pudding.
Like I said, dessert.
I don't know what he's doing; his AAR has been dead for months now. But I have come to know what it's like to look forward to a turn, or even a replay movie. Mike so far has flipped turns with abandon, almost too fast for me to keep up with and do the AAR. Of course, he's having fun right now. When it's my turn we'll see.
If this game is to continue you need to find a way for it to be a non-slog for you. Your style is your style. I'm beginning to realize that a style is needed in PBEM. But maybe there's a way to combine your style with having fun too. When I posted above I was only suggesting (orthogonally perhaps) that one way to have fun here is to try the historical route, which I don't think you ever have done. You've done India, you've done DEI island jumping, you've done left-hooks to land in mainland China, you've done western Sumatra landings, you've done Fortress P. Probably other avenues I'm forgetting. What we almost never see in AARed games is the historical trans-Pacific route: go for the Marianas, take them by main force, and bomb away, with the Mac-led DEI to PI campaign as an ultimate sideshow which nonetheless bleeds Japan of resources.
I've attacked the Marianas in AI games and it's a tough nut to crack. It takes a lot of prep and massive force. I mean REALLY massive, like 1000+ ships massive. Obviously you aren't ready for that for 1.5 to 2 years. But it could be a goal. I personnally wouldn't tackle the Marshals/Gilberts without at least some dedicated landing ships. Speed is needed. The medium airfields at places like Wotje can chew you up. But it's an interesting puzzle once you have the hardware.
BTW, pudding is fine, but pie is better. Girl of the Prairie just made me the fourth apple pie of the season, with apples grown a mile from our house. Soon it will be mincemeat season. Good eatin'.