Thanks for the quick and warm welcome.
Believe me, I understand esoteric. I've done competition BBQ for about 5 years. You would not believe the myths, mysteries, and "rules" surrounding meat and fire!
I'm looking forward to learning about tea. I'll admit that watching the Bob Lee Hoffman documentary on Sundance channel got the interest piqued.
I think it would be great to have a "gathering" (in my other world we call them "Bashes") to taste and learn about tea. I'm a bit beyond buying a bunch of stuff to "try" -- now, if I happen to find suitable pots, cups, etc. at thrift shops (I live in God's waiting room - lots of good stuff at local thrift shops) and estate sales, well then I will "have" to buy a suitable sample of the appropriate tea to try!!
I can tell it'll be fun.