Awesome... thank you again for another complete reply. You've definitely given me the comfort level and confidence to go ahead and try this out... and thanks for answering my remaining questions, too!
I will probably try this out tomorrow afternoon (10/27)... I'll post back and let you (and anyone else) know how things turned out for me.
I'm so excited to finally have some root on this phone! I don't care about running mod roms or anything... but to be able to run some of those apps that require root will be awfully nice. Finally!
Thanks again for all your help and careful responses! Greatly appreciated!