My first time . . . wheelie that is
Like my other first time it didn't last long after getting it up. I took RoadStainR6's advice and slipped the clutch in 1st and goosed the throttle a little, all the while covering the brake. I did this in a vacant large parking lot at the local university NOT on a public road. I didn't have any cameras or friends around but I estimate that the front wheel lifted about 6-8 inches.
You guys (and gals) are right, it was a weird feeling but it came down in a predictable/controlled manner.
A small accomplishment I know, but it has relieved a hell of a lot of frustration. Again, like the other first time I was wearing protection. Thanks for the good advice and I can't wait to get back out there and try it some more.