Good for you, Robbie! Here are some helpful links:
scroll down and click on "Practice Tests" on the left
is a link to ARRL to find testing locations & schedules
Ham Radio Outlet in Denver has lots of toys to chose from. I own a Yaesu FT-8800
mobile radio and a Yaesu VX-7R
Once you take your test you can monitor the FCC site to see when your license is issued: http://wireless2.fcc.gov/UlsApp/UlsS...rchLicense.jsp
And finally, here is a thread on the Ham topic. We have a little radio get together Mondays at 9:00 PM on the 145.145 repeater, if the frequency is open.
Don't hesitate if you have any other questions.