Well, this is embarrasing!
I've been flashing roms for a long time, but I've forgotten how to prevent the automatic application downloads from happening! Can someone remind me?
I thought it was pressing the 4 corners of the Google registration screen.
I just installed 2.1 (Nice!!) and I went to download Titanium Backup so I could restore my apps and settings, and suddenly all my apps started downloading.
Thanks for the help