I finally found a setup that I'm gonna stick with for a while.
I've tried all the launchers out there - and I do mean all - and have been hopeful but disappointed by all of them until ADW and LauncherPro came along. Now I'm not gonna get into the ADW vs LauncherPro debate because they're so similar that I think the argument is silly. ADW is my current choice for one single reason that I will explain in a sec...
When Quick Desk came along I was able to take my LauncherPro down to 2 screens and use Quick Desk for a couple of toggle widgets and a battery monitor. I'm not a big widget guy anyway...usually only news/weather, a calendar, and a couple of toggles. I'm also not the type that feels the need to have forty million apps on my home screens. I found three screens to be overkill and found it amusing when people were begging for upwards of 9.
Now to my current set up. I switched from Quick Desk to Power Strip. I'm in LOVE with Power Strip...it's so much more visually appealing than Quick Desk. It may take an extra click to reach a toggle but so what. Within Power Strip I made ADW my default launcher because of the newly implemented gestures. If not for the gestures then I could set up ADW and LauncherPro side by side and never tell the difference.
Now I got ADW up swipe set to launch Power Strip and down to show/hide status bar. Got Beautiful Home up top - something I never used because I thought it was pointless to have a clock in the status bar and a second clock taking up space on the screen - but with the status bar hidden and easily viewable with the swipe down gesture, I got it up there. A few direct dials at the bottom (after all....this is a phone) and Power Strip set up with the 8 or so apps I use frequently and I'm set.
Everything works like a charm and I got my home screens down to 1 with the minimal look that I prefer and everything easily available with the swipe gestures.
Thanks to the developers of both of these!