so, the story ended with considerably less drama than i'd conjured up, with a ding from lbs. i got to say, even with an admit in hand, my good friend the ding still stings a bit. but, no worries anymore. very happy to see to it that my check for a thousand greenbacks is in the mail en route to Chicago. won't rule out any drama with that one :) but for now i am going to sit back, stretch my legs, and get ready for a long night of alternately writing code and Word documents.
Life is good.