Thanks for the kind words guys.
Been playing around with the IR stuff some this week, have had a time getting a bug out of the system. I've exchanged emails and phone calls with Larry Beach from Buffalo Electronics. I would post pictures on Fotki (where I post my photos to reference to here) and send Larry the links. Usually 5 minutes after sending my email, I get a phone call from Larry. He's a good guy. Anyway, I have one more thing I need to try today to resolve my issue. I can get my CD player to work remotely, but having my old receiver is not working remotely. We think it has to do with the frequency Kenwood uses. Once thats resolved, I can close up the wall in the bathroom (where the remote shares the wall with the bar, no I don't have a remote-controlled toilet or anything). I have a guy coming out on Saturday to give me an estimate on mudding and IF I use this guy, I want him to do as much as possible, which means getting the outstanding drywall done (not much left though). I plan on completing the soffits in the gameroom and bar area this weekend and possibly the ceiling in the storage room.
Baseball practice starts this weekend for my son, so I'm glad I've gotten as far along as I did, I think things will start to slow down some.