I'm hanging out at home in lovely Mount Sterling, IL. I bought my first smoker in 2000 (a cheap Brinkmann offset from Home Depot) but I never really spent any time learning to use it as a smoker. It was primarily used for indirect cooking so I didn't have to pay too much attention to my grilling.
In the last couple of years I've gotten more into smoking meat the right way. I replaced the Brinkmann this past summer with an Oklahoma Joe's Highland offset smoker. I also have a cheap Brinkmann vertical smoker that I haven't used because I haven't gotten around to modifying it and a basic Weber kettle grill. The offset smoker still gets the majority of the work. Eventually I'll replace it with a better model, but not until I'm a lot better.
Right now I'd have to call myself an Intermediate/Advanced Novice. I can generally get very good results but I'm still doing a lot of experimenting with spice combinations and different wood smoke. I'll probably consider myself more advanced once I've developed my own rubs and sauces without relying on store-bought stuff.
If you're still awake, I'll just stop now.