Thank you everyone for the birthday wishes.
I GOT THE LENS! ONE DAY SHIPPING,
ALL THE WAY FROM FUKOKA TO OKINAWA !!!
~WOW, GOTTA LOVE JAPAN!
I went for the 70-300 L lens because:
1) What I could afford for now.
2) I want a zoom lens first, then wide second.
3) Next lens will be a EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens
From what I've read, researched, etc. 70-300mm + 16-35mm makes
for a good (Not great) combo for a novice like me.