I said I was going to post one last night - it grew into a monster. The quantity of info that must be conveyed is simply too much for a single post - by the same token I just couldn't find a good, natural spot to break it into separate parts. Now we are into the weekend, and most people are into weekend and family time.
I'll refine the post over the weekend and find a good place to split it, then post early next week.
Until then, please keep the gear suggestions, donations, and other into rolling in at the T.O.C. site, here.