For the past several weeks, I have been working on cleaning up the garage. I am now 90+% done and am now working on sifting through 24 years of color prints, b/w negatives and prints, and color slides. From these 24 years of photos (golly so much to sort through), I would like to share three observations: quality is not important, memories are -- From the huge quantity of photos, the most meaningful to me have been old friends, events, weddings, etc. I saved several prints with abominable photographic quality because they captured important friends (completely out of focus, grossly underexposed, horrendous composition) at important times in life. I found a few photos of dear friends who are no longer alive -- I am only 46 years old and I miss these people. the camera doesn't matter, having it with you does -- after embracing the SLR in the early 1990s, I let go of it in favor of point-and-shoots in the late 1990s through 2008. During this time period I found some really significant photos taken with junk cameras. Even today, I still take a lot of photos with a p&s because I like to travel by bicycle and cannot carry a SLR in my jersey. I also found some really great photos from business trips; on these trips I was able to bring a p&s but would not have brought a SLR. I loved APS -- At the risk of getting ostracized from photo.net, I will admit I used an APS camera in the late 1990s through 2001. Seeing the results, I love them and I really appreciate the creative freedom it imparts with 3 formats -- panorama, 4x7, and 4x5. Sure, we can crop any way we want these days with a DSLR, but having a cropping guide sure stimulates creativity. OK, I'm a blasphemer, but I just had to share these thoughts. I am now through all my color prints (prints or printed slides). Tomorrow I take on my b/w prints and 35mm slides. All of the above said, I still want to take the best photos possible. I don't imagine myself to ever be a famous art photographer, but I want to take the best photos I can of the important moments in life and the equipment geek in me is willing to pay for it.