Welcome to the fold!
By the way, REAL D&D players don't touch anything after edition 3.5 (only half joking-- I got a ton of shit when I bought the first 4.0 player handbook).
I haven't been able to really get a group together in years, but I'm hoping once I graduate and get settled into a working life I can start one up again.
My favorite character I ever played was a Halfling Druid. I rode around on a War Labrador. It was AWESOME.