Careful NSX, one of those soccer mom's point & shoots could actually be a Leica M9 and then the cakes on you :^)
Haha, yeah, that could happen.
But doesn't even that make you feel good that you chose a subject that other photographers are interested in? Your D40 can get the shot, too, except in special cases.
Ted, your response speaks to me, especially that last bit. When I read it, I thought about how since I've been seriously trying to be a photographer I look at the world differently. It's about taking 3D objects and figuring out what's the best perspective, lighting, and crop to make an image in 2D that is either interesting, educational (better), or might get someone to feel the same thing I feel when I see the subject (best).
Good point there, but I was just kidding.
Honestly, I feel most like a photographer when I feel like I've nailed a shot just the way I want it.