I have been lurking these forums for awhile now, I am in a similar situation to Benjimagoo - my wife bought me a kit for Christmas, and one of my friends back in Vancouver was into homebrewing... I got hooked right away. I have two batches going now and I will be bottling my first 5 gallon batch in a few days. I have been reading the forums non stop.
From the great white north as well, I live about 4-4.5 hours north of Edmonton, Alberta. It's a very rural little place, and shipping from the online stores is not too cheap... so my first trip into my "LHBS" (4.5 hours away) will be this week and i have a huge list!
Anyway not meaning to hijack your introduction Benjimagoo, when i read the title of the thread it just seemed like an appropriate place to introduce myself as well.