You've discovered this forum. It's great resource. CGOAB is another resource that will pay dividends . . . obviously the journals, but the articles and reviews are useful too.
Your research will yield many versions of the "I took too much stuff" comment. My experience was . . . they're correct! :-)
You'll also read lotsa "what a wonderful time/adventure" comments. Again, my experience was . . . they're doubly correct!!