in reply to I have been away from perl for a long time. Need suggestions for getting back in the game!
Some Perl 6 features are available today in Perl 5.10. Familiarising yourself with the new Perl 5.10 features should prove enjoyable:
The CPAN has come a long way in the past five years, with many new supporting web sites springing up -- see, for example, the "Other supporting websites" section in the CPAN Wikipedia entry.
The Perl QA and Testing community has made great advances in the past five years. Noteworthy here are the fanatical CPAN Testers, the envy of every other programming language; and the improvements currently underway to the Test Anything Protocol (TAP). Some links:
Finally, since you mentioned the fun side of Perl, I wrote an overview of the lighter side of Perl culture, which may be of interest.