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
Nothing like sitting around a campfire, working DX