Apropos openSUSE, I really wanted to like it enough to run as my main distro, but inevitably there was always something that didn't work the way I preferred. Manjaro Linux has been my primary distro for several months on both my desk- and laptop PCs and I prefer the community Cinnamon DE version.
Like Anaconda, I use VB for testing new versions of distros. It's much easier than installing and tweaking a distro on metal. BunsenLabs is the only distro that I'm currently running on VB and I like it even better than #!. I've never seen a distro boot and work as fast on VB! Consequently, I'm sorely tempted to install and run it next to Manjaro on my PCs.
I bought my first car in 1970, right after I got out of the USAF. It was a 1965, 2-dr, baby-blue Corvair Monza with a manual transmission and dual exhaust. I didn't pay much for it. The heating system was flukey and the car was heavy in the rear and tended to spin out on sharp corners at higher speeds--especially on wet roads.
After doing a 360 going into a traffic rotary, I decided to get rid of it while I was still alive. I traded it in for a beautiful, "cherry" tan '63 Chevy Bel-Air with red pin-striped trim.
Apropos reading, I read everything from classics to mysteries to pulp fiction to philosophy to poetry, depending on my mood. Same goes for music. I'm fussier about films, go figure.
As for tech stuff, I like what works without working too hard to get it to work the way I work....
@jd: Go easy on the "sauce" and try not to drink alone. As some other geezers here might confirm, booze has a way of catching up with you in the long run.
When I lived in Germany, I taught English for a while at a couple of private langauge schools. My students were often perplexed by the differences in pronouncing words like through, tough, rough, bough, bow, or words that were pronounced alike but had different meanings like seen, scene, seed, cede, be, bee, etc.