Fair play pclancy!
As for myself...I',m not sure how many hours I've done really, I havent kept a log and don't know if you can find out through some control in FS2004 (which is the flight sim i use). I run it on a Dell XPS M1330 with a 128mb graphics card which is by no means powerful enough for full settings on everything but it does the job.
When I get into it I love but then I wonder sometimes why I do it as the most interesting parts for me are the landings! I rarely use anything but default craft, though that's about to change cos I got the CLS DC-10 so that should be interesting. What I tend to do actually is, once I have all the bits I can control (take off etc), and it's on it's heading on autopilot, I tend to sit back and read a book or do some study and when I am coming in on approach I put everything away and grab the joystick again. If only I could bother my arse to learn how to use VORs and such....
Actually is using VORs a big thing? Would you need it for VATSIM?
I have flown a Tupolev Tu-114 from Samdim Design (look them up, some create freeware stuff there) around Europe, pretending to be Khrushchev's personal pilot haha! I even flew that one to Cuba using an adventure scenario available on avsim that recreates the conditions and course to get from Moscow to Havana in 1961 on this big turbopop.
A few days ago I touched down in Boston in a 747 (default) from Shannon but the hours crossing the Atlantic were far from interesting as it was on autopilot and all i could do was sit and wait. Anyone else get that or is there stuff one can actually do????
Mainly I fly the default 737 but I am prone to going for a few hours in a Beechcraft KingAir, again the default one.
So there's my story...