that I seem to have gotten unstuck. I loaded and ran the dishwasher and cleaned the sink today. Yay, me. Bought a BigMac while I was out and had that for dinner, though, so no cooking breakthroughs yet.
Also, plugged in piece of crap doorstop laptop and hit F11 a zilliion times at the same time. Did NOT go into safe mode, but did start up correctly and is now working fine. So far. Weird. I tried doing F8 the other day, but that did nothing. So now I have two working laptops and the Macbook Pro that is also working. All at the same time. WooHoo.