Man, chaoticset, watching you pick up Perl is like watching myself a few years back.
By the way, many cases where you want to access an array with a subscript are better handled with push, foreach, etc. When you find that you're not using array subscripts much anymore (and when the few situations where you have to really pain you), then you are truly thinking The Perl Way.
Thanks for the narration; keep us posted. And welcome!