I'm sure a lot of people here have some variant of this story--I did it as a kid, in high school and college, kind of got away from it for a while, came back, tried a digital camera, then another, not happy with results, dusted off old film camera, sent films to lab, not happy with results, eventually realized that crappy machine prints were even crappier than they used to be, determined to start doing my own lab work again, etc. Yes, digital cameras keep getting better in some ways, but they just aren't as much fun. Playing with chemicals is fun! And there aren't enough legal ways to do that.
Ever try setting type by hand, in a composing stick? Now, that's a long-winded process!