We're not trying to be mean or anything, Jeremy White. But all of your questions have been asked and answered numerous times on the site. There are pages upon pages to go through in every forum.
I know it's overwhelming to sift through all of the pages, especially if you're looking for specific answers but we still have 4 months until Roo departure... and if you're anything like the rest of us, you'll probably be on this site every day for the next four months
We have a couple of threads about What First Timers should expect. I will find them and bump them. Read through them, and you will probably find your questions answered. If not, feel free to send me a private message (PM) and I will try my best to answer it for you.