As to which Armenian I'd like to learn, I guess both eventually. My grandmere's family speaks Eastern Armenian; my grandpere's, Western. My father suggested I learn Western Armenian, as it's supposedly the more modern.
If any of you have any suggestions, please let me know. Taking a college class isn't an option; the local community colleges don't offer it and they're all I can drive myself to. I currently own "Western Armenian Dictionary & Phrasebook: Armenian-English/English-Armenian (Hippocrene Dictionary and Phrasebook)", which is definitely geared towards travelers; and have borrowed Gulian's "Elementary Modern Armenian" from inter-library loan, which I'm having trouble following. I think I'd like to become comfortable with the sounds, cases, and vocabulary before having to deal with a new alphabet.