I don't know if you'll remember, but one of my other friends (Ron Pessolono - may he rest in peace) ued to call me "Mr Serendipity." Seems like I'm always falling into something good.
The guy who owns the rose engine lathe(s) has been chasing me for over a year to come down and play with them. He's over an hour away, so I managed to avoid it/him till recently. So NOW I'm hooked on all of the different things I can do with THESE toys. He supplies the cutters and TONS of pages of manuals and step by steps.
He just wants someone to "play with." So now I'm going to have to do a lot of driving.