Welcome, glad to have you here. I see you've already got a few posts.
Have you joined http://www.subaruforester.org/vbulletin/f67/official-washington-forester-owners-list-55547/ ? Lot's of like minded and somewhat local members as enthusiastic as you.
If you want you can also add some vehicle info to your Signature so it shows up every time you post. Just use the pull-down menu in Quick Links and Edit Signature, you can add basic info like year/model/transmission and even info like your STI swap.
Hope you're taking pictures, 'cause enquiring minds will want to see it in progress.
Cheers and enjoy the forum.