It was a good read, I gleaned some good information from it.
I took the 5wpm exam just before it was discontinued. and I am glad I did. My motivation for learning CW is for an appreciation of the mode from a historical point of view. I didn't purchase my first key until 2 years ago, and making my first contact was a lot of fun. I'm a slow CW operator, I haven't spent a lot of time building speed. Almost all of my contacts are rag-chew contacts. I made one contest contact once with an op in SA, and I felt like a kid with a BB gun at a cannon range. I'm not in any hurry to build speed but It is definitely on my list of things to accomplish
Thanks to WB2WIK for the great advice