I’m not sure how the “blog” functionality works in this formum system, but it seems that you have a soapbox - you might as well climb up and start rambling. I might even ramble responses to your ramblings (although I’m not quite ready to attach the prefix “old” to my grodnardness yet as I’ve only been in this hobby about 40 years).
Personally, I’m always interested in hearing about how people came into this hobby prior to the internet, Youtube, and the current mass of pop culture D&D references. It was just a few shadows short of a secret society when I started - and that was in a city hat actually had more then one dedicated game stores.
And I will ramble to you rambling about rambling. “Old” is a journey, I never plan on quite getting there. Unless by some wonder I get to oldest man on Earth there is always someone to point to and say “They are old”