Jamie, thanks for this. It's interesting how using B&W somehow triggers other emotions - e.g. a sense of being back in time - and enriches the photos' impact.
Glad you're enjoying the Rebel XT. I'm still learning about my Rebel - most of the time I stick with the "easy" functions - I very rarely use the "creative" modes yet, but I'll get there. Some examples are over at my space on Flickr, such as this