I guess I'd seen and heard of the Egg earlier, but never remotely thought about owning one.
Then June 13 had a terrific review here - http://steamykitchen.com/4034-dr-bbqs-baby-back-ribs.html
and I was really attracted.
I spent the next 5 weeks or so surfing everything I could find (mostly here and BBQ Brethren,) visited a local dealer in north San Diego, he tried to switch me to a Traeger. Researched the heck out of that. Wife ordered Charcouterie and he likes the Bradley. Researched THAT like crazy too! Then the local dealer called to tell me about the Sams' Club special and they'd match it, did I want one? I diddled around two days and it was sold with no more stock there! Next shipment two more weeks! It was rough waiting and I ALMOST got the pellet pusher. Sams' deal went away but he still said he'd do the deal! Finally picked up my lage Egg last Thursday and my wife eagerly helped put together the cradle, rings etc...
Totally cautious inaugural dinner to check out the useage - pork "brisket grillers" from Costco seared then set low to finish. Worked just as I read in all forums for weeks - perfect. Temp seemed set and steady so on with a sourdough boule I had planned to do in the oven - perfect again! Next night flank steak - perfect! Then Altons' cedar planked trout - perfect again! Not bad for a first week. I love it!
Ordered adjustable rack and toys from ceramicgrillstore.com that I heard about here. Eager to go indirect next and work pizza, butt and brisket, even without a Stoker or Guru.
Thanks to everyone here for contributing to the education. And thanks to Dr. BBQ for getting Jaden excited enough to glow about it and get my researching started. Without her I wouldn't be an Egghead!