Okay, for those of you who have delved more deeply into the nuts and bolts of Google+ than I have, a couple of questions:
It's great to have all these circles, but can I customize my stream so it defaults to a specific circle (or circles -- hey, can you put your circles into circles? That would be handy!)? That is, if I have a circle called "family and close friends" (don't we all?) can I set it to default to that instead of a general stream?
Second, and in the same vein -- on Facebook I can "hide" someone -- that is, I don't see their posts in my newsfeed but we are still "friends," I can check in on them periodically, and they can see and comment on my posts (this is particularly useful for people who post about 90 percent about their games, although I have all the game apps completely blocked from my feed as well). Google+ does not seem to have similar option -- I can block someone, but that means completely blocked both ways, and I really don't want to do that.
So, basically, what I'd like to avoid is having my stream default to a vomiting of everything that's been said by everyone I know. Possible?
ETA: It occurred to me that a simple solution would be to change the stream from a check option to an uncheck option. That is, instead of individually choosing the circles you want and seeing them one at a time, you simply uncheck the circles you don't want to see.