You never know what you have unless you look. And given that what I wanted was a camera that came home to me with much force. I was all set to order one online when I remembered that my Father had one some years back.
A quick check and it was still here. I was worried it wasn't working but got it to flash with a new set of batteries.
I am hoping that this the a step in a great direction for me. I feel happy today because of my camera!