Re: Almost bought my first .22
Speaking of ammo.... A really great way to keep yourself stoked up in anticipation of getting a functional rifle is to get a head start on some of the ammo to try with it. Bass Pro has the Rem./Eley target ammo I mentioned before, as well as the subsonic Win stuff. Sadly, they don't stock anything from CCI. The Walmart at Patrick and Russel have plenty of CCI.
Also pick out a nice zippered case for it, and a small gunsmithing tool kit and boresnake. Don't EVER run a rod down that bore! Get some Hoppes #9 solvent, and Remoil for the outer finish.
Keep your excitement up! When you get down to trying some different ammo and seeing that Yes, even YOU can shoot those one hole groups at 50 yards, you'll know you done good.
Around here, we don't say "Oh shucks", or "oh man". We say Oh BAMA!!