You make your own interest/excitement, don't depend on others to do that! If you have it, it's quite contagious, if you don't, that is too!
Like others that have posted, I've been screwing with this stuff for many years. I've walked away from it too! For those considering their options, a couple of the more interesting side trips I've been on have been RC helicopters (don't waste your time/money on fixed pitch!), and for a REAL sensory overload, try full scale! Not cheap I know, but an experience leaving you with memories that will last you a lifetime. An introductory flight and a few lessons can be had for the price of a new RC plane? Look for a smaller school flying out of a smaller airport. Those close in to metro areas can be pretty expensive. Maybe do some shopping? An introductory flight can be as little as 35-50.00! Try that and see if you aren't completely geeked with a smile that won't go away for days afterward! Ground school can lead to a new perspective and is available most everywhere VERY reasonably (HS night classes and community colleges)! People going through this with you can be fun rubbing elbows with as well!
Those full scale flying lessons, especially those that begin when you start pattern work and landing on your own, are directly transferable to RC. Stall and ''unusual attitude'' recovery was also a blast! Point being you will never fly RC quite the same!
Many guys talk about wanting to try full scale some day. The guys that wait too long, where they are no longer able to pass a physical, are too common. If you have the interest, you really do need to scratch that itch while you can.
Last thought. The flight schools are hurting too, and instructors are nearly willing to pay to build flight time? If you decide to try this, suggest you try a couple different schools/instructors. Just like learning to fly RC, an instructor that's fun to fly with can make a world of difference in your experience.
Last last thought. I had an instructor that challenged me with an in flight excercise that left me quite speechless? He told me I had just lost rudder and aileron control. Now, how was I going to turn the plane to get to an airport without the use of those control surfaces? My brain went numb considering the possibilities! The answer? Opening the door. The drag of the door being held open is enough to turn the plane (which we then tested!). Theoretically, you could use that drag to get you home? One of many awesome lessons from this guy - that REALLY loved what he was doing. -Al