How handy is a wide angle lens? Depends on what you shoot. I have no problem with wide angle on an appropriate camera, but on the LX3 it's like lipstick on a pig, to borrow a phrase. I carry the LX3 and TZ5, and most shots are with the TZ5 since the 60mm LX3 can't reach far. Sadly, when shooting in a familiar area (90 pct. of the time), it's the TZ5 all the time, since the new opportunities that arise are non-landscape and require zoom, i.e. the landscapes, bad as they are, are done to death in the first month, and what's left are the spontaneous, which nearly always require a zoom. Look at my images on the LL forum, shot at about 40-60mm zoom, and imagine them with 24mm, i.e. smaller details and much more pixel smear per object in the image. Not pretty.
Dale, do I recall correctly that you also have an FZ50? I realize that's a very different kind of camera than either the TZ5 or LX3, but I would be interested in your general impressions of how they all compare.
By the way, I read your comments about the new G1 (and Micro 4/3 in general), and I agreed completely with your views on the mechanics and optics of SLRs being antiquated and unnecessary in the digital age. The SLR was a clever idea in its time, but its time has now passed. I think EVIL (Electronic Viewfinder, Interchangeable Lenses) is good!
P.S. Do you have any pictures of pigs wearing lipstick?