Hi, scaramanga9. Apologies for not seeing this topic before now. I'm not sure where you're located, I'm in Lafayette.
When it comes down to it, I am pretty much a Linux newbie myself. I've been using it for 2-3 years, but I never really took the time to learn much about it. Then I discovered Mint and there's no real great need to learn much of anything, as it just works. I ran Mint9 with great success until LMDE was released and I've decided to run it with as much success. But I really am going to have to start learning a bit more about how things work, because they all work so well. I hope your experiences with Mint will be as good as my own.
@tdockery - You've just become one of my best pals, as I've finally found someone around here older than myself. Not by much, doing the math, but by a couple years at least. You are going to keep me inspired to learn more, now that I know I have someone in my age bracket around.