Never mind. I redid everything from the start all the way to getting service again. I now have a rooted 2.2.1 Optimus M.
I had to download a terminal.apk and use adb thing to install it. Then went through all the command line crap (typing is a pain on this phone). Rebooted using the vol down+home+power. It went straight to the locked screen. Call my home phone to see if I had service. Yup. Then went into terminal again and did an su. Got the # I was wanting.
Now to really start destroying the phone.
Thanks for all the info here