Did I learn anything?
After going it alone for approx. 10 years with a NBBD horizontal (purchased bent up floor model from Sam's for a discount), and then learning mainly from trial and error and the Internet, I'd have to say I had 90% of it already.
I found out how much I was doing the basics "right".
It was a blast to hang out for a day at Klose Pits with David K, Chef Paul, and 40 new friends, making Q.
-egkor (Gary K)