Jim_Socks: sure you haven't heard the last of me... this project is about to get BIG. I am betting it will soon require more code than the arduino memory can handle... so I bet I will soon be trying to use the cardslot on the ethernet shield to store some of it- with all the headaches that is likely to bring I'm sure I'll be back!
THANKS SO MUCH!
Be sure and let us know the results of your project, and when you get featured in http://hackaday.com/?s=liquor
P.S. the SD card is not going to help you when you're code gets too big...