Dam, your story brought tears to my eyes, well done Irish.
The people on these forums are extremely generous. I had a friend who was given a pipe (this happend 2 weeks ago) said that he had no idea what to get and needed help... I sent him a sample of everything I had, which filled up a large envelope and knocked him speachless when it arrived in the mail. I would have probabley never done anything like that (cause I am very broke), had I not met others who had done the same exact thing for me from this forum, it is infectious.