Thanks Anicotra for your thoughts... I ran the 3.1 update, and as of this time, have only hit one snag. I did a battery pull, then a full 8 hour powered off charging session. Powered up @ 8AM, phone was dead by 3:30PM. had to charge for the 2nd time in one day.
So just for fun, I did go ahead and load the custom kernel v2 and setcpu. Booted 8AM, down to 93% by 9:00AM...
I probably should have left the suggested kern and tried to figure out whats so battery hungry but my weekends are 10X more busy that during my work week. LOL
update: custom v2 kernel... 8AM boot... 6pm... sitting pretty @70% uptime 9:51, awake time 1:28... there's just something about the v2 custom kernel that just gets the job done!
Jury's still out on the DSPManager with me, because I have yet to test it out.
update 2: dsp manager has been acting good for me! Highly optimistic now!