Thanks for the replies and suggestions. I just received my book in the mail yesterday. I'm finding the many options for boots and bindings confusing. Hopefully, I can wrap my head around it. I assume it becomes clearer once I'm actually using the equipment, but I would like to window shop. There aren't many (if any) places near me that sell tele gear. If any MN bears know of some shops, please let me know.
Feel free to PM for gear help and questions if I lose track of things here.