Laptop died. Ate some chocolate. Repair place recommended buying a new laptop instead of fixing the old one. Researched. More chocolate. Traveled. Bought a MacBook. Chocolate. Spent time getting used to my first Mac. Ate chocolate and wrote a review in OpenOffice.org. Fought with iPhoto. More chocolate. Figured out iPhoto, more or less. Returned.
[Update a few weeks later: Screw iPhoto and its crazy file organization that can't be manipulated through or transferred to any other program. I downloaded Xee for basic cropping and rotating and use Finder (Mac's My Computer) for sorting and viewing. The user interface is less elegant, but at least I can save my photos wherever I darn well please. Blargh.]