The question is what you, as a newbie, should do for your "experienced" big brothers. Bring us lots of hamburgers and coffee and yummy stuff.
You're lucky you're in a hotspot so feel free to come out to a field and hang out with us. Bring some eye protection and you're good to go, I tend to bring to many guns with me and don't mind lending stuff out. A lot of folks are like that too, they like to share their bag of man goods.