I feel you Ron. This place is pretty banal sometimes, and puts you in a headspace where you are focused on gear and tech issues more than your photography or business. However, I do credit this forum for helping me quit smoking. One trigger for me to smoke was waiting for a batch to run, waiting for the scanner to warm up and scan, waiting for a bunch of prints to run, etc. Instead of smoking a read this forum. I like the threads about people's experience working with the gear and problem solving, and I particularly enjoy the architechture work posted, and I like threads about business. I also like the reps posting, as its better than any information you can get from the MFDB makers themselves. Now I look at this forum's pixel peeping threads, "what should I buy threads", FDBs are pretentious" threads, and other brand partisan warfare and get annoyed, but without an American Spirit in my mouth. But for how long?
Keep it real Ron.