These are great stories, and it's really tough to follow Blansky, but here goes:
"Life is what happens, when we're busy making other plans." - John Lennon
From the age of six I've been facinated with "the magic paper."
High school - Was a yearbook photographer shooting with a 2 1/4 rollieflex in b&w. I had great sex, but never had any partners.
Along came the Army, and tons of darkroom time. Oh and computer programming also.
23 years of software analysis/design/installation/support for large IBM mainframes and my brain was fried.
Stashed the cash, told that field goodbye, finished my basement, built my color Ilfohcrome darkroom, started selling my prints to "rich" people.
That was 13 years ago. The last 3 have been full-time on the art show circuit.
Any regrets giving up all that great computer money in exchange for doing what I always wanted to do? HELL NO!!!
My biggest problem now is keeping up with demand, and not having as much time for travel and shooting new stuff.
Also, spending so much time in the darkroom has in some ways "de-socialized" me, at least that's what my friends and famliy tell me, but I'm not sure that's a bad thing. I never lose an argument.
Oh well, it still beats the heck out of computers!