Ritz Camera is filing for bankruptcy. I guess, in today's age of digital photography, a general purpose electronics store can do just as good of a job at hiring disinterested folks to sell you digital cameras as a specialty store.
If you don't like the weather in California, drive to the next microclimate. If you are sick of how cold it is, go east and eventually you will hit desert. If you want to see snow, go up. If you want to ski and scuba dive in the same day, you can. On the other hand, if you want rain every day, you need to go north to Seattle, because we've got a rainy season in the wintertime and that's it.
I went on a nice mountain climbing bike ride yesterday and I took two shots a few hours apart and separated by some miles...
This is, in my opinion, a very welcome change on the part of Fuji. The Super CCD EXR sensor has been normally reserved for big cameras, not compact cameras, even though the benefits, especially in terms of being able to shoot a reasonable-dynamic-range or a pixel-binned 6 megapixel image on a 12 megapixel sensor are great, even for small cameras.