Welcome aboard Erik/sailorman, and congratulations on the G1!
Glad you found your way here where you'll find many G1 folks who will be more than happy to answer your questions. As a matter of fact it would be great to have some "how to" threads on the Panasonic cameras.
Looking forward to your involvement and your photos when you have the time.
You are going to enjoy this. You are in good company too.
The nice thing about this camera is that it invites a learning progression. It can be used very effectively in the 'Camera For Dummies Mode' (the red IE button... I use it almost exclusively when snapping) through Aperture or Shutter Priority Modes all the way into Full Manual. It's a blast.