I am also an older retired man, raised in a time of books, before computers. It was also a time of politeness and appreciation for the help people try to give, not a time of being deliberately offensive to those who try to help. You addressed your post "to anyone who reads this". I read it and thought you meant what you said, so I tried to politely respond on methods of geting answers to your questions.
Even in a time of "only" books, if you asked a question so vague that there were many possible answers, you didn't get a simple or clear answer, and would be unhappy. When you read a book, you usually knew something about the author - Steve's "man of war" credentials were right there on his post for you to read.
This is a polite forum, which is one of it's attractions. It is not a place for puerile and offensive behavior.
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