Wow, what a response! Thanks so much to all of you. And I will take you up on the pm’s.
As for reading music, music theory, harmony, etc., I realize it must be done. That’s fine. I would tend to believe though that one should learn this while also learning the instrument.
My goals are simple: play for my own enjoyment. I have no ambitions for concert halls, performance, and the like (assuming I ever even got that good :). In fact, I’d be satisfied only ever learning a good 20-30 of my favorite tunes (Bruce Hornsby, Michael Card, James Taylor, gospel hymns), but really getting these down. That would be incrediibly satisfying.
For starts, I believe I’ll enroll in a non major/minor lesson this Fall at my university. It couldn’t hurt.
Finally, consider that I’m looking at this as a long term project…like 5 years to even be decent. My time will be limited due to school.