LOL, I just happened to see this. Thanks Tim, and Hello Brad!!
Guessing; you're planning to compete in Jackson, yes?
How can I help? I've been an MIM, then MBN judge since early 2005 and have competed a few times (it was expensive) with fairly good results.
If you've done GBA, it's going to be very similar in many aspects. The on-site is the toughest for new competitors (those new to MBN) IMHO, but it's not terribly hard, just new and different.
I'll PM 'ya.
Hance - Lake Dogs Cooking Team - MiM/MBN/GBA CBJ and comp cook
Lake Sinclair, GA (strategically about an hour from everywhere)