Yea, have fun and enjoy the feeling and the extrem quality of a fine digital monster that will surprise you in many ways! I think you have to read the manual first, but don´t forget to use it from the beginning. There are a lot of experience you will get from shooting photos.
I have this camera since 6 weeks but have still to learn a lot of things how to use it.
Oh, wait, John! You're in for a treat! I had about an hour after work to play around with it tonight. Battery finished charging at 11:30pm last night. Only took about 40 pics just for fun and am having a blast zooming in on them to see what's there. Incredible! I've left the default settings but looked in the book to see how to switch to A mode. Wanna get comfy with it then will start exploring all the settings.
Are you coming to Merritt Island at the end of the month? Hope so. It'd be nice to meet you.