Well - I'm certainly not a veteran...yet. But I was just thinking about how time flies, especially when you can chart your life through the wines you buy. Palates change over time, as well as purchasing patterns, and your wine collection reflects that.
Not so long ago, I was coming off of my first En Primeur purchase. I'm now on my 4th. It's rough now, always unsure if I can find the budget to buy these wines, and store them properly once they arrive, but in 20 years, I'm sure I'll be glad I made the effort. I think my friends will be glad as well.