A smile to my face you brought.
I started in the Army with a Yashica TL Electro X.
After struggling for a while I found the problem - Parallax. That is fixable - SLR!
By then I was an old man and followed in my father's - the SHAKES! Not gentle ones - fierce teeth rattling kind.
I also found that my favorite time of shooting was in the winter?! Well ,ALL I NEEDED NOW WAS - SUN!
Oh I tried a few more cameras but I delegated memory making to my bride.
Forswears cameras except her $50 Canon 35mm film.
The problem now? I don't have the itch!