First root canal today. There were some interesting parts. I'll spare you.
If I seemed a bit annoyed with awesome 3 configuration in the last post, this has put it well in perspective.
One nice thing about awesome 3 is that it has good system tray support built in. So I've at least temporarily mainstreamed my laptop, so it's using the gnome power manager, and network manager, instead of hibernate and sleepd and my own scripts.