I'm definitely gonna take care of my equipment so it can last as long as possible.
Just ordered a Jones Mountain Twin and hope it lasts a decade! Perhaps not the best choice for a beginner, but I'm hoping (rather deciding) that this board will be the one. It definitely fits what will be my riding style (which I know from rollerblading - I like to cruise and jump over normal terrain [not on rails or in halfpipes], sometimes go a little fast but not super fast).
I'm looking at Burton Mission bindings, and yet undecided on boots since I want to order those at a store and all the nearby REIs don't seem to have much in stock based on their website.
Whatever I get I will treat it like it's made of gold!