I remember clearly how Perl 6 was going to become the best thing since butter on toast,
Don't get me wrong about this particular thing... all of my commentary is about Perl 5. I think Perl 6 is dead on the vine. I think Perl 5 will probably be the final definition of the language. It will get refined, and bug fixed, but I don't think it will get the type of complete change that Perl 6 implies (not the current concept of perl 6, nor any concept of similar scope that might replace the current perl 6 concept). Nor do I think that that's a bad thing (for Perl 5 to be final definition of the language).
I'm also not saying Perl 5 is perfect. I just think it's "good enough"* for what it does, and for use in sysadmin type development (which is not just for quick and dirty duct-tape programming
(* nor do I consider "good enough" to be a snobbish backhanded compliment