OK, I spent about 2 hours at Harris Cyclery in West Newton MA. They had a 46 cm LHT, from 08 -- the dusty-grayish blue color. I really loved it.
So I put a deposit on it, and am going to get mustache bars -- I don't ride the drops that often, and my wrists were angled on the hoods.
Now I have to get back to them about: color of bar tape, saddle (I'll get a women's Brooks B17) and panniers. Oh, and fenders. For the panniers I'm getting Ortliebs, they come in cherry red, black, or possibly navy. The fenders black and silver. Several choices for bar tape. I'm thinking of going with black for all, maybe the silver fenders.
But I wonder: though it wouldn't be my first choice aesthetically, would it be better to go for the red (bar tape and panniers) for anti-theft? I can bring it inside my workplace. But if I stop at a store or go touring or something, I'll be hitching it up. I would plan to carry 2 locks, the cable and U lock.
Anything else I should think of? Again, I'll use this for commuting, touring, general riding. I have a road bike. I want to make my decision by tomorrow so that they can start to work on it. I'm really excited, though it will be probably around the first of March when I can pick it up.
Oh, and thanks to whoever pointed me to Yen's posts in touring. They were very helpful.
One more thing: I know you all are going to force me to do the learning curve on posting pics