It has a name!
And that name is "retrocomputing!" :D
I guess I thought my slow descent into old computer madness was a unique case. I'm relieved that it's not!
I think it's too early for me to say whether or not this has reignited some kind of passion in me; All I know is that right now, today, it feels like there's a sparkler going off in my chest, and that isn't something I've felt in a long time. I want to know how old computers work, how to build them, the names of their parts and what they do, and I want to refurbish and use them.
I'm not even having the "I'm too stupid for it" doubts that I normally have about everything - my main concern is a lack of resources. If this were 1990, I'm assuming I could take a computer science course at my community college, but, uh, I'm a few decades late. >_<;
I'm assuming there are at least a handful of noob resources I could look into. After typing that last paragraph, I remembered that the For Dummies books exist, and checking Wikipedia tells me that the first book was - get this - DOS for Dummies.
Will I feel this way tomorrow or next week? No idea. For now, though, the soup in my mind is simmering. :P We'll see where my heart takes me!