Great read, very funny. I'm curious though, what was your schedule for adding LSD to the boil? Last 2 minutes? :P
I've done the same with other projects - built it myself, learned a lot, spent too much, but in the end wound up with a product comparable from a quality and function perspective to what I would have bought commercially. In planning my future brew op however, I came to the conclusion that my time is more valuable than what I would be putting into it (I say that like I have much time to spare...). I like to tinker, but I got into this hobby to make beer, not brewing equipment.
I had a conversation with the GF last week when she was gently reminding me how much Stone, New Belgium, Sam Adams and other favorite beers I could have sitting in the wine cellar for the price I've sunk into my homebrew setup. She had a hard time believing that I enjoy the brewing itself (albeit the tiny amount I've done) and that's why I've taken this up. Eventually when I move on to kegging, assuming of course that I stick with this hobby (I recently spent 6 months building a sweet, several thousand dollar saltwater aquarium setup with minimal commercial parts only to have it sit in my garage after moving and not finding a good place for it) I'll build one hell of a kick-ass keezer, but that's only because I wouldn't be able to find what I want commercially.
To each their own. There are plenty of extremely talented and knowledgeable people on this forum that have the ability and time to build things themselves and others who will potentially spend more to have the same things arrive at their doorstep premanufactured. In the end, we share the same root passion and should credit each other for our common love of what drove us into this awesome hobby: great beer.