Welcome from Portland,Or. and yep like you also cut my teeth on Ubuntu back in 2006-2007.
But had to leave for windows for my photography works as Linux was still lacking in that department.
Came back a couple of months ago to check out Ubuntu and like was flabbergasted by the Hole
Didn't have to search far to find Mint 14 Cinnamon and felt like a comfy fit. Started checking out apps.
And found darktable & RawTherapee for images and of high professional functioning apps. Also Lightworks for Video Editing soon to be released Beta. Makes for some interesting times ahead.
So far getting there and am slowly weaning off Win 7. Tho still need Lightroom for a couple of things for Clients sake.
Congrats on coming back and finding Bliss again in Linux.