First the con: the first day of watching all that microfilmed newspaper scroll past me made me feel motion-sick. (I think it also didn't help that I'd eaten some really heavy food before I started.)
Then the pro: I got to send my supervisor an email today, telling him that the first set of microfilm arrived, that I spent a few hours getting through most of the first roll today, and that I'm doing well and am making progress. That feels good.
Okay, two more good things, associated with the First Day of Microfilm:
1.) Just as I was starting to feel apprehensive about dealing with this pile of microfilm, I got an email from Inter-Library Loans telling me that they'd already renewed the film for me, and I have it for a full month. Dude: a full month. Does that ever help.
2.) For some reason, I went there expecting the newspapers to be printed in old-timey German typeface (where I still can't tell when it's supposed to be an f and when it's an s most times), and it turned out that I was mistaken: regular old Latin alphabet, and I could read everything easily. Hooray! (I have encountered some usage of the Fraktur script, but so far it looks like the big newspapers had long since discarded it by 1929.)