I found the camera I wanted (Canon's SX110) on sale at Circuit City, which let me go to Sam's and get an SDHC card to have 8 GB at my disposal. When I was looking at the camera on display, a sales girl walked past us and commented (almost off-handedly), "That's a great camera. We've sold a ton of them. In fact, I only have one left."
I smiled and said, "Make it zero. I want it."
So I've been playing with this camera, all 9 MP and 10x zoom of it, and having a blast! It's so beautiful! Well, the pictures are, anyway.
The camera is going to pay for itself. I'm tired of Sears' poor customer service, only so-so quality of pictures, and extraordinarily high prices. And did I mention slow turnaround time? I'm taking portraits of the kids myself from now on. And I'll even do Little Girl's First Communion portraits this Spring. (I will, though, bring the card to Sam's and let them print a 10x13 of that one for the living room wall.) And by next Christmas, this camera will pay for itself.
So watch for better quality pictures on the blog in the future!