I really did not want this ghost to follow me to my second post-doc. At this stage, I would be happier off complaining about a post-doc paper, not still ranting about my phd paper. I even spent 4 days of my short 17 day trip holed up in my room in India this time working on this beast. It just gets exponentially harder. And then the thought of revising and resubmitting to another journal is not really encouraging because we feel like we've gotten this far with this one set of cranky reviewers- and for "such a good journal". I guess that's the carrot at the end of the stick that has kept me dangling thus far. And the fact that the decision is not mine alone. I've reached the end of my tether now. Unready as I am to call it quits, I am just going to take a long, deep breath and dive into this again.