It's been a mere 16,438 days. Or, if you prefer, 540 months. Over that time, my heart has beaten approximately 2,012,011,200 times. We'll just call it an even 45 years plus one day since I opened an envelope from Gettysburg, PA which contained my novice amateur radio license. About 2,400 heart beats later (that would be approximately 20 minutes later (my adrenaline was running high, as was my heart rate)), I was engaged in my very first QSO. It was on 15 meters, and my first contact was with WB1FSB.
Being as how this was my first QSO made it pretty darn cool. What made it cooler was that WB1FSB (Marian Anderson) was another YL! But what made it even cooler was that WB1FSB's QTH was Newington, CT - the home of Hiram Percy Maxim! And even cooler that that, WB1FSB worked at W1AW, the ARRL headquarters!
I like to think I got a "red carpet" welcome to ham radio. And things only got better from there.
It's been a fun 45 years. Yet, I think the best is yet to come.