holy shit i actually agree with you soo much on everything you said^
especially the film part. film is the best way to learn the basics of shooting manually, and you'll do it fast. because a fuckup on film is wayy more significant than one on digital.
I own the D5000, it is a good price point camera for general photography, i shoot skiing shots with it, gets the job done. Although there are better ones, such as the Canon 7d, buts it is alot more expensive, the d5000 is a great general photgraphy camera