Well, I can see right now that there is MUCH to learn.
I'm just glad to be a little over that hurdle.
I am shelving that Practical C book and will continue on with my Sam's for now, and forge ahead. I will not be deterred, though.
If the CS students can cover the C language in one semester, then I suppose that I can hit it hard every day and grasp a working knowledge of it by autumn. Then, maybe I can help to contribute to a project on SourceForge or something.
It has been a good day of it, thanks to this board.