I have plans soon to get off the couch. I have never done much weightlifting in my lifetime - some here and there but nothing serious. I am not looking for any intense, time consuming program that I need to be in the gym 4-5 nights a week. With my schedule, I am thinking 2 days a week to go push some weights around plus normal activity like bike rides with the kids and rollerblading and things I already do anyway. I am not significantly out of shape - 6' and 180 lbs, but I am getting older and my doctor is starting to lecture. I am near a university and can use the intramural building gyms here for a very reasonable price. This will save me clearing out space at home for now. This will give me trying something new out for a couple months to see how it goes.
Part of the issue of thinking about starting to lift weights is the sheer amount of information, terminology and philosophies. Holy crap is it confusing. So I think my starting point is I am going to read Starting Strength and go from there. The idea of basic, compound exercises using just a barbell appeals to me along with having just 2 workouts (A and B) and alternating them and have only a few exercises to do. Workouts are basic - squats, deadlifts, power cleans, overhead presses and alternatives are available like chin ups but small weight is added at the next workout (like 2-5 lbs). I don't like workouts where I have to do timed sets with 30 seconds spacing, or stuff like 8-10 different exercises in a session. I can barely remember where my car keys are let alone all those different things and what weight I used last.
Does this seem like a reasonable approach from any experienced lifters? I saw Starting Strength as a recommended book on many, many lists which is why I am starting there. Any suggestions are fine also, but I also don't want to endlessly research and never actually start either.