Hi Bill! Welcome back to the obsession! I'm just to the south of you (or maybe east, depending) in Tacoma. If you're just starting here, don't bother with any other forums! HBT is definitely the best! What books are you pouring through? I'd recommend John Palmer's "How to Brew", the original edition is available online at www.howtobrew.com, but the print version is worth it.
Again, welcome back!