Thought I might take a very unscientific poll of when everyone feels they might be ready to start:
Gaming with Friends
Gaming at your FLGS
Attending Small Gaming Conventions (i.e. a local "Gamefest")
Attending Large Gaming Conventions (i.e. Gencon)
Going on a Gaming Cruise
Also, in which part of the world - and in larger countries, what region/province/state/city, your choice - are you?