Who knows how many times I've gotten laid because of a wookie fetish.
I know -- *checks he's actually on slashdot* -- zero of zero times.
The sender's bank has to send the $10 to the receiver's bank?
And in order to do that, the sender's bank has to physically haul a 10 $ note over to the receivers bank? (And then, is a 10$ note actually the same as ten dollars?)
Protip: No, and no.
That's for our own good, we just don't understand it.
Vim has a boatload of special states. And they are anything but obvious or visible. That's bad in the first weeks, then suddenly it becomes very good.
the (or Ctrl+[, as you seem to like keychords) to [...]
the <Esc> (or Ctrl+[, as you seem to like keychords) to [...]
The general idea is that you stay in Normal Mode (what you called 'command mode'). Insert mode is only ever entered temporarily, for short bursts of input; the (or Ctrl+[, as you seem to like keychords) to go back to Normal Mode should become second nature. You should never have to ask yourself "What mode am I in, right now?".
Visual mode, OTOH, is rarely a mode to switch to (one exception would be the rectangle-select (Ctrl+Shift+V)). If you frequently need it, chances are you are simply missing some canonical way of doing whatever you attempt to do in visual mode.