I am a fully disabled man in Long Beach, Ca. and in order to save my sanity
> I am interested in getting into Large Diameter rocketry (I really wanna wear
> the T Shirt "Why Yes...I am a Rocket Scientist")
you don't even have to launch anything. But spend some money with Doug anyway and buy a shirt.
> I understand there is a thriving community but info is surprisingly cryptic
> or hard to come by...especially the cost
Well, DUH. You think we want our spouses to find out how much we're spending on this crazy hobby? If we let that out then our little "community" would be much less "thriving". ;-)
Seriously, though, if you have made it this far through my blather check out
for some decent generic info.
Also check out
and see if there any clubs launching out in your area. Then go to a launch and meet some people, as that is the best way to get addicted...er, I mean involved.