As a kid, I was an electronics nerd. Getting a ham radio ticket was a natural thing to do. Of course, in the mid-1970s, Morse code was a requirement. My first attempt to make a CW contact ended very badly and I thought “no dits or dahs will ever be sent by my hands or left foot.” Still had to study enough to pass the 13 WPM test (which took two attempts). Still no HF contacts then ham radio went on the back burner (really, the refrigerator) for 35 years. When I came to my senses, I jumped into HF with both sidebands but CW was a total nonstarter. Three things happened, though, including encouragement from a YL I talked to on SSB. I made an ultra-rare New Years resolution to (re)learn Morse code and, after 40 years, make my first CW contact. And I did! It was fun! Later on, I went CW-only and love the challenge. Plus, you have to admit, CW people are the coolest. I’m even helping people learn CW. Why didn’t I do this 45 years ago?