It has totally been worth it and worth all the time and the moderate stress. It's great to lead such good and contributing players, and to play at such a high level from the get-go. We are looking for more places to play and things to do in town, so hopefully we can keep up our head of steam and keep going uphill. I think I can, I think I can, I think I can. . .
On another note, my accordion playing has really taken off! I bought a new diatonic accordion up in Minneapolis that is a leap above my first accordion (sorry baby) and have started playing on the street in downtown Des Moines. I absolutely love it. I essentially get the current minimum wage to practice, experiment, and interact with all sorts of people. I'm already way better, and things will only go up from here, barring a drunk guy stealing my instrument. Good thing I took some Judo classes.
Anyway, sole/avid/non-existent reader, I wish you well until I post again. Thankee kindly sai!