This morning we exchanged the laptop hard disk for some memory, and I was able to get Rich's laptop fully functional in Knoppix -- but it still couldn't see it's hard disk. Next step is to see if this is a documented problem.
Gypsy picked me up in the afternoon, and we drove to her house in a southwest neighborhood called Oak Hill. Then we picked up some dinner and had a picnic -- it was a beautiful day -- at a little waterfall near where she used to work. Then we caught the last matinee of "The Incredibles" and got some Lammes candies.