Can't stop playing with this.
I figured it out myself!
I thought I'd try making pages for all of the sub categories just in case that menu was looking for them and Abracadabra - it worked.:eek:
So I guess the code that we replaced in the left side navigation made it look for a page with the category name for all of the sub categories as well as just the main ones which is actually just fine. Now I can put more "stuff" on each of these new static pages.
I'm a happy camper. thanks a big bunch.
ONE MORE QUESTION: Would it be possible to get the Top Navigation menu to get my sub category special pages also? right now it will point to the main category special pages but when clicking on sub categories it will revert to original behavior.