Thanks Erwin for the encouragement, and Rider919, Ben & DSM8 for the sincere advice.
I wasn't sure that I would be able to join you yet, but I think I should wait for the Southern Cal. air to kick in for a "dirt-virgin" (I like that by the way) friendly conditions. :)
But if you see a big orange laying down somewhere on the dirt, please help him out, so that we can meet in person. ;)
Hope to catch you on another ride. Enjoy your weekend and happy Christmas to all.