Hi SkunkApeMan, welcome to the Linux Mint forums
Thanks for joining the forums!
Be sure also to check out the Community
website (tutorials, hardware and software reviews, ideas). You may also be interested in keeping an eye on http://mate-desktop.org/
. And did you already upgrade to MATE 1.4? It's very good and brings lots of improvements and bugfixes. I've put the steps here viewtopic.php?f=206&t=111533&p=624015#p624015
You can also chat in real-time with other Linux Mint users. In the Mint Menu, in the Internet section, start the application XChat IRC. You will automatically get connected to #linuxmint-chat for general chat and #linuxmint-help for support with other Linux Mint users.
Have fun with Linux Mint.