VMUG Makes Me Want to...
Every time I attend a VMUG meeting it makes me want to get a VCA or VCP. I come back enthused about it and intend to start working on training. Then, reality sets back in again, and it falls between the cracks due to time constraints and workload. I tend to hear about many different components of VMWare that I do not get to touch since we are only on the Essentials package here, but I would love to learn more if I can.
Regardless, VMUG is still a very fun way to go and network with other IT pros, and I do enjoy learning about the various vendors and technologies which are available.
Build a lab and get a trial license for vCenter or Horizon View. You'll have all the bells and whistles to play with.