To be honest, i was forced to switch to Houdini half year ago, and not regret it. When I compare Maya to Houdini now, specially in FX field, I wonder how I could live without H so long. It is sad, but FX world needs more and more powerful effects and one should adapt to it. I assume Maya dev could catch Houdini in 2-3 years minimum. Question is, where H will be in that times.