Congrats...it's a fun little piece of hardware (mostly).
I'm a very recent Verizon Pearl owner as well.
Don't know what you're planning to protect it, but I am using and like very much (this is for pocket carrying, my preference):
- Silicone skin (from Verizon) in black
- BestSkinsEver screen protector (8100 version, but it fits perfectly)
Now when (not if, I know me) I drop my Pearl it will be protected on the back by the skin, and on the screen by the screen protector (much better than the static cling type).
BestSkinsEver is here... Best Skins Ever Home Page
The Verizon Pearl silicone skin is on their website and in their stores...in case you're interested.