Yesterday was the anniversary of the beginning of my gear sickness, so please indulge me and offer words of encouragement if you see fit (that does NOT mean [Connie, Rich, others] that you should take this time to temp me into buying more stuff!). Yesterday I went to a little event that I attend every year (nothing special, just a little something for some coaches that I will be working with for a charity event in a couple of weeks). I remembered that it was only two years ago that I stopped by my local camera shop to check out lenses on the way to the same event. All I had at the time was a CP5700, but I knew I would buy a D70 eventually. I told them that I was looking for lenses and they asked for which camera…to which I had to reply, “Well, I don’t have one right now, but I am going to buy a D70.” As luck would have it, they had a slightly used kit in stock and the price was right. I had only been looking at D70’s since April 2004! Well, I’m so uptight that I went out to my car and called my father. He is the only person tighter than me, so I KNEW he would talk me out of it. He wasn’t home….so I drove away, and then called Allison. Even she said I should do it, so back I went and plunked down more that I ever thought I would for a camera. It was a great feeling having that camera after thinking about it for so long (such a great feeling, that I now seem to be collecting cameras). I wonder if I still have the first picture with it (the dashboard of my car in the rain!). My, how the times have changed.:biggrin: I was aware of the Café at the time, and not long after getting the camera I attended the 1st Annual North Alabama get-together (as a lurker, mid you). I finally got around to joining the Café in January of 2006…about two weeks later I bought Woody’s 70-200, and the rest is history. OK, recent history…but in a way it feels like so much longer. I know one thing for sure, the journey is the best part. I have made several true friends here, I have learned more than I ever imagined, I still learn everyday, and look forward to checking in each day. So thanks everyone, and “NO”, I am not interesting in buying anything!