Waxdoc, since you're floating around on line at the moment ... I've made a few changes which mostly work as I want. The left and right are fixed width ... I'm trying to leave the remaining "body" open so it floats depending on the width of browser window.
It behaves oddly when someone (me) tries to resize the window too narrow ... the google add (which garners me nothing but ... ) will drop to the bottom. Even though the center portion is based on a percentage, the gap between the body and the add changes as you resize it ... how come, I don't see it.
If you have the time, would you mind revisiting ( http://aljones.us
) and seeing if you can help me ... (( and don't say, some *old* folks are beyond help, I already know that!! ))