these winter months have given me more time to participate in model rr activities.Am member of nmra and got a little bit of experiance with a module groop. I am also in process of joining a perminent layout club. What I am finding is there are a lot of good people in this hobby. When I got/get out of my cellar layout I learn soooomuch from others. Now i'm getting into operations and learning that aspect of the hobby also. FWIW..here is what i have learned!!! I did not know anyone at either club so I just started showing up and have been welcomed.On other hand ,(there is always anoter hand)there are people who are not very talkitive and there are still some "Rivet counters" in the hobby, but people still want to have FUN!