If you want to be a power user, there is no time to wait, you must switch to linux. Its not a freaky and far away thing. If you are using a computer right now, you have the skills you need to get into Linux Desktop with Ubuntu. To that end, there is a Vancouver Ubuntu Users Group ready to share the skills you will need in order to get started with Ubuntu Linux.
Have some links and go to a meetup:
You can do it. So go to it.