Before I run out the door to NY I wanted to update you on what I've been doing with this mess from last night. Here's where I was when I posted in the wee hours this morning.
And here are the permutations I've played with, using "what if?" in the past little while. I take pictures as I go along so I can remember what to go back to later after a million more "what ifs." At first, ad hoc design. Now, working with slow design. Very slow.