I got it to work temporarily witht he method mentioned above (sades), and plan to post my code/solution for others to see, but now i am hung up on "preventing shoppers from adding more to cart than is available in stock". See my post here: showthread.php?p=65628#post65628
Once I get this worked out, I will post back how I got it all to work.
Any advice on my other post? Thanks for any help. D.