I would recommend a good mech to start with. Easier learning curve than a pump, but hey pumps are great too. Pump can also help you learn to pick your shots and move more which carries over well when you have a semi. Anyways have yourself some fun times.
Cool, bringing the wife is fun. I've only been able to get mine out once with me this summer. Unfortunately, business has kept her from joining me again. Need to get her out a few more times where she actually gets the feel of it and can start to enjoy it more.