hehe - there's an introduction forum here as well as a mtb forum. Internet also has several mtn bike forums. Do also check out your local bicycle clubs (I'm in a roadie, mtb and an advocacoy club here) and the roadie offers rides (I used to lead several of them) for beginners -- and our mtb club has started up a youth mtb session - as well as a session just for women getting into mtb, besides other sessions where you can hone your skills on a flat(ish) TT course as well as getting up and around a pretty gnarly up/downhill course with lots of different trails off it for beginner, intermediate and expert riders. Good luck!!!!