Still...things are getting cuckoo-bananas in a hurry. Great googly moogly.
Oh, and since I never posted the resolution on the iPod situation...the Genius Bar dude, who was awesome, tried restoring the firmware with a soopa-sekrit Apple Store technique, which also failed and froze on the Apple logo, so they replaced my iPod. It works better than the old one ever did...syncs faster, holds a charge better...I'm very happy, and I called the Apple Store that night and left a message with my name and my case number, telling them that the Genius who helped me was awesome and that he should be made president or something. Ok, I didn't go that far, but I did say I was extremely happy with the help I received and that the credit should go to the Genius.