I hope the powers-that-be won't mind if I start a thread here for folks looking to pair up for the Something New contest.
I'm actually very excited about the idea because, while I've interacted with a lot of photographers in virtual space, I'm a bit sluggish on meeting up with some in the real world.
So, to get to the point: I'm in the Atlanta metro area (Buckhead on weekdays, Smyrna/Marietta evenings and weekends) and would love to give this contest a go. I'll admit right up-front that I don't have any particularly exciting gear to share, but I do have a decent film SLR, of you're an all-digital shooter and want to go "old-school" for a day.
Send me a flickr mail and let's talk possibilities!