This is my first camera. I'll never forget the day I got it. Mid-March, almost seven years ago. Dad put it in a brown cardboard box and put a bogus Canadian address on it and came home from the "post office" with a package addressed to me. I was so excited. I still remember sitting cross-legged, glasses on, my fourteen-year-old self reading the owner's manual, because Dad told me I had to read the owner's manual before I started the "real deal."
Thanks, Dad, for starting my passion and weaning me away from drugstore disposable cameras. Seven years later, a trip to Europe, and about ten thousand pictures later, I've still got that passion burning for the shutter button :)