Phil - Fooled me there. :P Must be your mean looking avatar.
Jack - Thanks for your opinion! Yeah I'm not really into photography - just painting/drawing/etc. I'm on my 8th day of the paint tool sai trial period(before that I used gimp for a week or two). When my tablet arrives I'll get a trial version of painter too, which I heard was pretty good to paint with. Honestly, photoshop is too expensive for me to even consider. Sai almost $70, and painter is around $100 I think.
So my first choice is sai but if painter is that good I might do that as you say.
I am counting down the days until my intuos arrives! (5th - 8th) Until then I'm seeing if I can learn anything about digital painting by practice. It's so much different from what I'm used to but it's fun also.