Long time listener, first time caller.
I've been playing since the late eighties, took a break in the late eighties. Did a stint as a bass player in a band for a while and then a few years back suddenly got the same fire to play back that I had when I was 17. You can't buy that stuff so I used it to conquer my fear of the metronome and try and get my picking into shape and generally just get better. It's worked a bit as well, in that when I turn on the amp, the cat no longer leaves the room.
I'm a massive gear hoarding whore. Les Paul nutter (black custom is my main tickle) and unable to resist anything with the word Bogner written on the front (Uber Rev blue, Shiva 20th, Duende, 2x12OS, pedals....). Also knocked up a Slo clone a few months back, and after a month or so of troubleshooting, it works and I'm still alive, which was nice.