Sorry to say mike, you probably chose the worst day to start downloading patches
Today's patch is 370+mb, plus about 2gigs of other patches = you may aswell start playing the full game
Most important tips :
The first 10-20 levels are you getting used to how to play your character, so dont be too put off by having to run everywhere (slowly) or doing pretty much the same thing again and again.
After this is out of the way you can start exploring wider areas, put talent points toward what you want from your character and new skills. This is when it starts getting interesting, but still have to make it to lvl 40 i would say before it becomes 'challenging' for you.
To be honest just start a character, maybe on the same server as some of the peeps here who have posted in the 'Name your server/level/char' thread. This might help to get you a boost through places which will let you see what you can get from the game, and get you there quicker.
Personally I would have helped you through this, but I'm EU server here