OK. I'm starting to think about getting an Hermes birkin. From what I've read here, this might take a few years of planning/waitlisting, not to mention saving; however, there's no time to start like the present. So I'm interested in hearing about how you procured your first birkin, what color it was, and even, if I may be so bold, how much it cost. OK ... thanks for sharing! And any advice is certainly appreciated!