Loved your post TB!!!
Welcome to the forums, coffee truly is such a great hobby. And whilst there have been many frustrations and obstacles along the way, it has been so worth it. Even if you just simply want to enjoy a good cup, as not everyone wants to get deeper into it than that.
My own journey saw me just utterly fascinated with the process of making of coffee, and it just grew and grew from there. I've learned so much along the way, and there is still so much more!
There's a vast array of useful information already on these forums, but feel free to ask away! I always recommend keeping it simple, understand the key variables, and go from there. Breaking the rules comes later, after you've got the basics