I've been anticipating December as the month that I would, as sure as I went through puberty, finally purchase this big boy toy. Three weeks of browsing ads and forums, making calls paid off one afternoon when I chanced on a number. I forwarded an inquiry, half-heartedly expecting any result like the previous ones. But this time the person on the other end replied positively. "Yes, we have a machine that would fit your budget. Please call this number.."
An hour later I was zipping through heavy traffic 35 miles away into northern metro to meet the man and see the merchandise. It was a beauty. I was looking for a Japanese brand but instead snagged an English Colchester lathe. I had to numb myself from being too anxious that night and slept it off. Swallowing a hefty price tag the size of a golf ball, I'd say it was well worth it. Way below more than a quarter of the actual value, this would pay off in the long run.
Now I'm in my element again: studying and research. I just love learning new things that would edge me towards doing what I love doing. And since this came to me in stock form, there's nothing better to do than to start off customizing this baby as well.
Grow slow and steady.