Newly retired, 5 years ago, spent my life in R&D labs, helping produce better cars. Applied science and I always thought productive through efficiency. Also a motorcycle nut, bought, repaired and rode every motorcycle I ever desired, over 200, now I have 1.
Doing the same with film cameras, I buy, repair, use and wait for new users to show up. They will, they did with motorcycles. Cycles of life. Like many, I like machines, improving machines paid for my life, my fun, my 2 ex-wives...
And, I just had a very good evening in my darkroom, on the coldest Chicago day in 30 years.
Life is good, never look back, life is short. Take a picture it will last longer.