These "come over here and sit with me for a while" threads of yours are great. I like that you don't try to sum it all up in 140 characters or less. There's a lot of knowledge that comes with age and experience, but conversely, there's a lot of bravado and comes with youth and naivety.
I'm sure you saw it all the time in your previous line of work. The guys that say, "I got this... hold my beer" are usually the ones doing stupid things. The guys who read and research things before they do them, usually are more prepared for the bumps in the road.
Nomad, I like your point of view on a lot of things. I think I would trust your judgement. I'm not saying that unconditionally. But I think if you called me out on something, I would make you prove it, and you could back it up.
Cheers to you man!