HydrogenHuman Hey man just stumbled upon your post...Much like you, after quite a long time of dreaming, and several months of looking and researching, I'm working to get my first pin as well. Honestly before last year I never would have thought it was possible, nor did I realize what a thorough and helpful community there was as well. Taken 3 swings at making offers so far, but it hasn't yet worked out. Fortunately this isn't baseball... so I'm going to keep pressing on till I get to join the club!
I'm up in NH, so not too far away from you. It stinks that everything is kind of shut down due to Covid right now... but hopefully soon it will be easier to get around. I also appreciated a lot of the questions you asked, as I had similar ones, and will be learning from some of the advice you received.
Good luck in your search! Following this thread till we can see pics of your first game!