I think I made up my mind and will go with the Nikon D60. I also looked at the Canon XTI and I think the interface of the D60 is much more intuitive and easier to use, plus Canon's accessories are more expensive overall. Also, I don't it is worth the extra 100 dollars for the D80's built-in AF motor and 11 point auto focus.
Is it worth getting the kit lens (NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR)? I was thinking about the Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D or f/1/.8D Autofocus Lens instead. Any suggestions? BTW Thanks for all your help