Hello from Seattle
I started my bee keeping adventure about a year ago, with several books, a presentation from Randy Oliver at the Arboretum here, and of course tons of internet reading.
Finally, on the 15th of April '09 I got my first package of bees. So far things have been going quite well, I count myself lucky that I can have a hive in my back yard and experiment with some of the things suggested here (foundation vs. foundationless for example, they are about neck and neck so far and they took to both right away).
So anyway, hello and thanks for answering all the questions I've had so far before I had to ask them.