Well I've taken possession of my new camera. I went with the Canon EOS Rebel xsi, aka the 450D. My second lens the 55-250 is back-ordered and that is probably a good thing or I might be totally overwhelmed.
As excited as I am there is so much to learn and at my age that is no easy task, old dogs, new tricks and all that, but I'm going to give it a try and see what I can do with a real camera.
I really appreciate the deviants who go into detail about how they produce their wonderful images. I hope to learn a lot from them and I'm looking forward to as much advice as anyone out there is willing to offer