well I've gotten into flash a bit more and its really not that bad. i now i don't love it, but a the same time i don't hate it either. my project is looking pretty good, but I'm tweaking it to the finished product.
the only problems I'll be dealing with is to record audio for it and add that in the sync with the actions and frames that I've created in flash. i think even if you hate flash, you'll be able to at least tolerate it a bit and spend several hours like i did just recently and really get into it and experiment and try different things.