Your past true to the core posting on how to make it in photography is still taped to the back of my darkroom door, some years after you posted it here.
I have a spare copy I always keep at my desk at work too.
I hand a copy out whenever the next (usually young) person comes by talking about what buying more gear will do for them as a photograher.
I am glad the good old old APUG has pulled you back to posting.
You look like you are living a busy life.
All the best.