I finally did it. I bought a digital camera... and now comes the learning curve. What a learning curve it proves to be! Just looking for the right camera was totally confusing. I only half researched -which is not like me, but that is what I did.
Ended up buying a Sony. Went looking for a Nikon, but ran into one of those blah-blah supercilious salesmen types. He just kept saying: discontinued discontinued and then looked at me like I was stupid.
But I half knew I wanted a Sony (it was 2nd choice). I overlooked the attitude because I really wanted the camera in a right-now sort of way. I am tired of repeated trips to business places.
So! I have my camera, a book to guide me through, and I just have to experiment a bit. YAY :)