Time to get a new camera soon so that I'll have time to play with it and figure it out before the reunion.
I was looking at the Panasonic DMC-FZ28, but now I'm thinking about splurging a little more and going up to a Panasonic DMC-FZ50 instead. It's an extra $200 (although I found one place that's priced it $100 lower), but one big plus is that it has a hot shoe for a flash, which is something I've been missing with my previous digital cameras. The CCD on the FZ50 is a little smaller though, and it's almost double the weight of the FZ28. Having the hot shoe is pretty hard to pass up though, considering the built in flashes on most cameras are always so wimpy.
Oh, decisions, decisions.