Thanks everyone. I am unquestionably hooked already. My first season with the one hive was definitely educational. The weather was horrible, it never stopped raining all summer long. Thanks to their "Carnie" heritage they were very frugal and made it through the season in fine shape, even if there wasn't any extra for me. So now with the snow falling outside I'm planning my equipment needs and playing around with various hive stand designs. I'll be expanding from the one hive to four next year, so I think it's safe to say I've got the "bug" no pun intended.