Oh what a world!
Michelle’s father, Patsy, gave me the first bit good of advice about photography, that you should always carry your camera with you. An excellent and readable Ken Rockwell article gave me my second (slightly paraphrased) piece: if you only show people your good photographs, then they will start to believe that you are good. Namely, photography is fundamentally about being able to both take a picture, and then sell the world on your view through the lens.
And now I get to go and delete all of my unused photos, because I am out of hard drive room (/home is the important partition here):