No problem. It was a fun read.
I'll throw this idea out there for the OP: Have you considered the HD Fury which converts HDMI to component? I have been using the original HD Fury for years between my Lumagen and my 73" Mitsubishi RPTV and it has been rock solid. They have several newer flavors now. http://www.hdfury.com/
I have considered it, but my tv is about 10 years old and it's already showing signs (I already fixed it myself 2 years ago when it gave me the "blinking green light of death") of old age (convergence need adjustment more often, one of the CRTs already shows signs of aging).
Anyway, both my PS3 and this Blu-Ray player has outlived all my first, second, and third DVD players combine.