My father has a soldering kit and a huge workspace, so I am going to order parts now and wait for spring when it isnt 0F to do some work. I was actually going to start soldering some of those radioshack starter kits because my girlfriend is assistant manager and can get stuff for really cheap. Then I was going to move on to making my own patch cables for the board I am assembling. Do a beginners pedal (BYOC sounds like a good place to start), the GGG tuned muff (which is the same thing as the bluebeard that a guy sells for three times the price assembled and in a cool enclosure), and finally the madbean cavedweller. I figure if I dont like it at that point I dont like it, but I have always had an interest in learning ham radio stuff as well and this would help me understand that more too.
Speaking of wait lists I am on the SUF list for either a 2247 or VRH, and will probably get the latter. I am also on the list for an echoczar with the angelbaby and looking at a four year wait time, so I MAY get it when I am thirty. Still havent pulled the trigger on the KoT. Money isnt good enough to pick that up right now.