I went the the Rochester Hamfest this past weekend. It was great regrouping with company founders, hams and homebrewers. I caught up with a lot of people (it seems like) I hadn't talked to for 10 years or more. People stay the same. It is quite a community. I may not remember the callsign, but I remember the faces.
I took a bunch of stuff to the scrap yard afterward. Thousands of hours of technical toil, reduced to price per pound. Sigh.