Hey Deanna... Welcome aboard here at JediDefender.com. Always good to have another Ohio-ite around the boards too. I'm actually not far away in Pittsburgh and have been out past your way a couple times this year (to Columbus for the COSI exhibit, I assume you went too?).
Take a look around the boards, branch out and find the conversations you like and join right in. You're welcome to ask any questions to the staff here if you've got them, just send us a Private Message.
Oh and not all the people you're saying hi to in the Newbies section are completely active so you may not get responses.
It's good to branch out and see who the regulars out here are, so go jump in the talking. And once again welcome aboard!