Welcome aboard "Papa"!
I'm a Pennsylvanian too, about 250 miles east of you. And, I reckon there's <10 of us here in the Keystone state according to the nifty locator map feature installed on this site.
Man, your story sounds so similar to mine, except it was most of my buddies that went to work after high school & all had Zeds while I went to college & was broke.
Anyway, so here we are years later, proud owners of the legendary Zed at last. Ya! I've had a bunch of bikes so I can tell you you will not be disappointed.
Since you mentioned this is your 1st bike, just some friendly advice. Please be careful. This is a serious machine. I would strongly suggest you take every professional rider course you can find in your area. I have & they really do make a difference. Motorcycling well is a learned skill over time. Sorry- End of lecture
Anyway best of luck & enjoy your new toy. I'm sure you will love it.