Goodness, what a mess
I've managed to avoid using tables to create this page layout, restricting myself to CSS instead. However, because I have zippo experience with CSS before this week, I had to resort to putting in little blank grafs
(<p>   </p>) to get the left box to come down the page at all. Ideally, I'd even put that cute picture of my cat Bitty in the style sheet, but that may be a crazy dream.
See my Download.com blog for the full account of this nightmare. Or just view the source of this page! (The style sheet contains even more info.)
Suggestions? Send them along! Thanks.