I think I'm going to try to pull enough money out of my ass to take a first flying lesson later this month. I did some Googling last night, and I can get an introductory flying lesson from Horizon Aviation, about 30 minutes away, for $150, which includes one hour of loggable-flight time.
I've been wanting to do this for years. It's always the money that's the problem. Hopefully we can make it happen soon, before I lose the determination.
Edit: Talked to a friend who recently got his license. He says that it's probably best to do a couple discovery flights at different places first, to get an idea of the instructor/instruction style/etc. before signing up a single place. So, I'm going to make it a goal to do a discovery flight at Horizon before the month is up -- that'll only be ~$60, and then I can figure out what I'm going to do beyond that afterwards.
It's likely that I should wait on this, if I actually want to make it cheaper, so I can do a bunch of the pre-solo stuff close together. (Or so I'm told.) I don't know if I have the patience. We'll see.