Welcome rednose. As a guy who started playing at 50, I must assure you that poker greatness is hard to come by....lol.
But seriously, it sounds like you are thinking and reading, and ready to learn. I have been a deep sea diver for over 25 years, and I remember when a 62 year old guy got his open water license, and a year later his advanced divers license. Hey, us old guys can still rock!! So keep an open mind, stick here, read, ask and analyze, and you will be showin the kids how its done..... uhhh... in theory...
edit: Just read Leos post, and, yea, you made it 4 hours with 10$, you are not doing so bad, and a player for 1 month, I would expect you to be broke in the first hour.......... so hang in there, your in a great place to learn. And ditto Leo on hand posting, a great tool!