Just the mention of user profiles sends some admins running in the other direction. Agreed, it’s not everyone’s favorite subject, but not understanding profiles and configuring incorrectly can make life as an administrator (and a user!) miserable.
For you, there’s a 13-minute video called Technical Intro to User Profiles that just might get you to the point where you realize that user profiles aren’t all that horrible. By no means am I promising that you’ll know everything about user profiles in 13 minutes flat, but this simplistic approach will put you on the road to understanding profiles.
This could be the beginning of great things . . . be sure to drop me a line when your fellow admins refer to you as Profile Administrator Extraordinaire.