Wow, thanks for all the feedback... wish this site was around back when I first started brewing it would have been a huge help. The starter I made with the dry seems to have done well, time till tell I guess but I had good activity within a few hours of pitching.
I hear ya'll on the mail order... but by the time you buy the liquid, buy the ice packs for shipping and pay for shipping your looking at $15/batch for yeast!
Hearing all the positive feedback on dry makes me think I'm not sacrificing quality or taste by using it so I think I will go with the dry, experiment a bit with rehydrating, and see how it goes for the next few batches.
Thanks again everyone!