Thanks GarnerB! I really appreciate the validation!
You seem weirdly dismissive of people who are giving their (admittedly) limited insight into your situation. If you want the best help from this community, you'd be well-suited to respond substantively to our questions and posits, because there is personal value to you in getting the best advice possible from this community. By de facto dismissing advice as "great advice" while continuing to ask questions that fly in the face of advice given, you're ceasing to look for actual advice beyond what fits in your own mindset (which you've left shockingly void within this question).
Get better at looking for actual advice, because TLS will not give you confirmation unless you've already made the right choice.
UVA2B, two points.
First, I'm not "responding substantively" because I don't want to divulge information that may out me. Yes, you're correct in asserting that the more information I offer y'all, the better y'all will be able to advise me. But I'm more than willing to trade that off for greater confidentiality. Although I'd like to think that we've found a happy medium, if there's more information I can provide that would better assist y'all in assisting me, why on Earth would I be against it? Just ask, and I'll respond the best I can.
Second, you're taking things way too personally. I appreciate you taking time out of your Saturday night to write a paragraphs-long post of quality advice. I expressed my gratitude and apologized for unfairly putting you on the receiving end of my frustration. At the same time, however, you're acting like you are the authoritative voice on this topic. You're not. I'm shopping around for advice. Stop acting like a spurned lover.
With that said, yours is the best advice I've come across thus far, and I've already started to act on it. I apologize for coming across insincerely. You have my deep gratitude for helping a stranger (me). You've done so without benefit and even at your own expense (in terms of time allocated). Thank you.