Steve, IWTAC calls: You nailed this one. All I got was an unfilled order under the market on Dec. 17. Could have bought at $2.70 and sold at $4.40 this a.m. Makes your 70% calculation eerily accurate. Way to go. Next time I might not be so stingy. -- R.J. While you know the rules against should've, would've, could've ... don't feel bad about not getting filled on an option order. One of the hardest parts of trading options in thinly traded series is literally getting the trade off. As the reader above notes, the bid/ask spread on this call can be as wide as 40 cents. This represents a 9.3% differential on a $4.30 item. This is a huge amount to "give away," especially if it needs to be done on both the buy and sell side of the trade, and creates a tremendous headwind for generating profits. So, don't feel bad about not stepping into the breach; don't be discouraged, stick with limit orders and let the market come to you. Taking a conservative and value-oriented approach will serve you well over time. Which brings us to the final, and most oft-asked, question of the year, Steve, does the little guy have a chance to make money trading options? -- F Yes. Definitely. Without question. But only if you're really, really right. Thanks to everyone for all the great questions and feedback. Until we speak again, I wish you all good luck and may all your winners be filled.