I am German born but have lived my life in America since I was 10 years old and have been a naturalized citizen since I was 15.
I spent my professional career as a computer programmer but now am retired.
I have been photographing 35 mm from mid to late teens and recently got into it again when digital cameras were not toys anymore.
When I first started programming the program would be punched to a stack if IBM cards. These cards were handed to a computer operator who ran them and returned them along with a print out listing from which the results of changes could be seen. I got one turn around per day so everything had to be carefully considerate or you would waste a whole day. Then we all got a CRT terminal on our desk that was connected to the computer. This allowed many quick changes per day but I believe made us worse programmers as we could just try many things in a short time in hopes something would work.
I think the era of digital photography made me a poorer photographer for much the same reason. Once the 12 GB card is bought one can snap away to hearts content at no more cost of time or money like in film photography.
One need not think as carefully anymore, just snap and hope something turns out.
Oh; I should mention I can get sarcastic as some of you know (BBW comes to mind), but mean nothing by it.
I really enjoy this friendly place and thank you all for it. That is both our wonderful administration but also all the forum members