I've always loved meat loaf... Even that highly suspect meatloaf that they served at my high school cafeteria with the equally suspicious brown gravy!
Over the years, most of the people I've come across who make meat loaf take a lot of care and it is more a work of art rather than just baked ground beef. Getting it just right is no easy trick and when it all comes together it is some kind of wonderful! Sadly, with the cost of ground beef getting silly (or if not expensive, then some kind of scary take your chances sort of thing) meat loaf is now more a special occasion sort of meal than a means of cutting costs... How things change!
For a neat take on a special occasion meat loaf check, out Not Martha for some Halloween perfection!