Yes, after all the dreaming, debating, motivating, and demotivating, I have a power meter. I wanted to get myself a gift to celebrate the end of class and my return to training and since I was able to purchase a used basic model (not wireless) from an anquaintance for $350, it seemed like a reasonable thing to do. It's roughly a third of what I expectly to spend on a new top-of-the-line model, but this one will do everything I need it do. The wireless thing wouldn't have really helped that much anyway, because I don't have multiple bikes to switch it around on.
My first field test is Saturday. I don't expect much since I'm horribly out of shape at the moment, but it will give me a baseline to work with and make me feel really good after the huge improvement I will inevitable have on my second test in a few weeks. Other than a slight fear that my FTP will be 98 watts or something, I'm excited. Hopefully it will turn out to be the priceless investment that I've been dreaming of for over a year now. If not, at least I got a good deal.