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You are certainly right about that. However, I want to relate a story in connection with that.

Years ago I was an avid fly fisherman. A friend of mine introduced me to a recent Polish emigre who wanted to learn the sport. So I took him to the ponds at Golden Gate Park to teach him how to cast and even helped him build his first rod. During one of our shopping trips to a sporting goods store I noticed that he was buying the best, most expensive brands of everything he needed. I asked why, with the little money he had, was he buying $400 rods when there are perfectly good ones for $125. He told me that fishing was the most important thing in his life and he was going to devote everything he had to it. Money was no object.

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That reminds me of the good advice to make sure your first tripod is your last one.