I bought skis (Fischer, Austria), boots (Salomon, French), and poles (Exel, Finland) today. That's what the basic cross country package was at the local shop recommended to me by A, who skis and bikes lots.
I went to the shop after skiing today with another friend, and feeling like I was ready. The shopkeeper explained things (in ways that made sense with what A has already explained), and got me set up with a basic package.
I hope it's not TOO cold tomorrow!
I'll be taking bets about which bone I'll break first. If you guess three bones at the same time, you could win a possible trifecta!