Like a brand new pair of boxer shorts...what a relief. It's rooted! Phew.
I used the One Button Root posted on Android Police. If I did it again I would just do the manual method. The thing did not work smoothly and if I did it manually I would have known which step was srewing up and could have corrected it easier and faster. But it is done...now I can make it do what I want it to do.
I'm leaving Sense on it. I use Launcher Pro most of the time anyhow.
Freedom feels so good!