I had a film camera for as long as I remember, but I didn't have a digital one until I graduated from college. That one lasted me awhile, and then I got another point-and-shoot super zoom like my parents had gotten me for graduation. That 2nd camera lasted me, I believe, into my artistic phase in Houston where I finally made the jump to a digital SLR. My wants in photography (low light, long exposures) had exceeded my camera's limits.
I have a Canon Digital Rebel XSi that has seen me through almost two 365 projects and I have a Canon G12 that accompanies me almost every single day - so I don't miss a photograph while not having the bulk of a DSLR.
Sometime soon, it'll probably be time to upgrade the lens or the body - but I'm hoping that'll be awhile. Meanwhile, I still manage to take decent pictures without having recently taken a photography course nor know every capability of my camera.
My new goal it to know my camera inside and out versus taking a million pictures to get the few great ones.