Pinside is honestly the most helpful forum, I've ever been a part of. They guys and girls here seriously help each-other out. You also don't bash newbies like me. Seems like lots of other forums see newbies as competition. It doesn't feel like that here.
Very kind of pinmike for helping someone get started. Be warned though, pinball is like Pringles, "once you pop you can't stop".
On a related note it would be cool to see a Pinside traveling machine. You keep it for a few months and then pass it to the next Pinsider who requests it, hopefully locally. Keep a log book with it to note any stories, repairs, high scores, etc. Probably wouldn't work, anything of value would be a target for theft.