As a noob, I have to say that I have felt great about asking any question, no matter how ignorant. I can't wait to hang with you folks!
(To other noobs - get The Ultimate Hang by Derek Hansen - it will answer a lot of questions and explain much of the terminology that the 'old hangers' use! - also check out animatedknots.com if you have passed your Boy Scout knowledge by a few decades like me - or could never tie a bowline...)
Thanks, everyone for your kindness and support!
To become Old and Wise, First be Young and Foolish.
"A man who will not read, has no advantage over a man who cannot read." - Attr. Mark Twain