>...that those darn jackets are hot.
Yep. I love my Golden Bee Products suit...
>...that I may need a chair to sit in as I examine my frames.
I have a toolbox/stool I sit on.
>...that this is work and it hurts your back, but it's fascinating too.
You need to find ways to not hurt your back.
>...that I should ordered more mediums a month ago.
Or eight frame mediums...
>...you don't have to get stung, bees are not vicious.
You do have to get stung eventually and occasionally. But not that often.
>...slow and careful is the best way.
>...that you will always forget something when you go out to inspect, whether it be a tool, or something.
>...unmarked queens can be impossible to see.
No. You just have to learn to see them.http://www.bushfarms.com/beesqueenspotting.htm
But then you don't always need to find them:http://www.bushfarms.com/beeslazy.htm#dontlookforqueen
>Now I'm wondering how much I really need a smoker lit?
I usually light one. I usually don't use it beyond that unless I'm going to be doing quite a bit.
>It seems that the smoke upsets them more than it calms, at least at this point.
Then you're smoking them too much. It only takes ONE good puff in the door and maybe ONE at the top. Then you wait a full 60 seconds.