Congratulations. I am thinking about getting a license too, as my husband is a Ham Radio operator with an advanced and commercial license. We have a FT2000 Yaesu. My husband is typically on 75 m.
Here in California, cities, counties, and state authorities are freezing and/or disabling repeater sites, or not rebuilding ones destroyed in the massive fires here in Northern and Southern California. With power outages, people cannot receive phone calls telling them to evacuate, so people are being killed (murdered), and now Ham Radio is being discouraged as useless. This is a stupid genocidal war on Ham Radio and the citizens of California, so we want to leave this immoral genocidal communist state of California. Most of those in California who leave the state are moving to Texas. Maybe we will soon be neighbors.
With battery operated Ham Radio stations, communications can be continued even in fire zones to alert people or to send messages to loved ones.
In Los Angeles City, the city and HOAs are getting onerous with new regulations that discourage the construction of ham radio towers. In the latest November 2019 QST magazine, a ham radio operator had a steep snow roof with a good sized attic that allowed him to construct a VHF ham radio antennae that complied with his local HOA CC&Rs.
By the way, you may want to be careful about displaying your new call sign as it can be traced back to your home phone number and address, whatever is on your license. However, it can backfire as some people put their call sign on their car license plate, so if you put a Trump/Pence 2020 bumper sticker on your car, antifa types could target your car and your home.