Yeah, I think flash will be around awhile. Like that crazy aunt that comes for vacation and just never leaves. It's not that I don't like the final results that I know I can get with flash, it's just so dang complicated to me. I ended up opting to do disjointed rollovers in dreamweaver instead of a gallery in flash on my last project. Just so much easier.
I'm definitely not into Web Design for the long haul, but what is this jQuery you speak of? I'm intrigued.