Love the long ramble but probably because you fairly well mirrored my current photography story. After a long time away I am back to photography and for the past few years have been bouncing around trying this and that. Cameras and formats, films processing etc.
But I too have finally limited the variables to black and white old standards Hp5 - Fp4 , D-76, HC110, Multigrade fiber and RC. I rarely shoot color anymore as I find it "confuses" me to switch back and forth.
It all seems so dull when reading others on this board that seem to try and expiriment with everything. Some day I may get there and maybe not but I am enjoying the journey as it is.