Big Thank You
Thank you for all the help, guys! I did finally get it working after bricking it twice. I have learned a lot about flashing and roms and so forth from the experience but I am done messing with this phone for now. It's back on stock gingerbread.
I want to root badly, but probably just shouldn't mess with it for a little while. You all have fun and I expect I won't be able to resist the temptation for long and will be looking for advice.