Sounds like you're in the perfect spot to join the party -
Yeah, we've weaved a lengthy yarn so far, so speaking collectively (how dare I!) I can say with comfort we don't expect everyone to read the whole
thread before posting, but I would recommend you read it page by page
at leisure, as you keep current from this point on.
You may come across an answer before posting the question, or develop questions from already covered ground the rest of us didn't see.
So if you have a burning question, fire away.
No Nazis live here...nor do we speak the language
Cotton needs to index the OP at some point, as he birthed this monster, for the sake of reference points for newcomers if nothing else.
One day, we can condense this into a book. Kingbob already gave us the title.