OK, I know I'm a bit obsessed, but I've been spending a day or so learning Compass and SASS (which rocks, BTW) and my self imposed exile was to:
1) Create an easily modified Holy Grail 3 column fluid/fixed layout with equal height columns in Compass SASS. Done! ==> http://grafiks101.com/holy-grail/ OK, that was fun.
2) Quickly create a thematic site using the same code. Done! ==> http://grafiks101.com/dev/ Really, that was *a lot* easier than I though it would be and a *whole* lot easier than the brute force approach I took the first time. Pretty much a drop in replacement of css.
Going forward, I now want to clean it up a bit. I seem to have a case of divitis. I really don't need "container" or even "main" for that matter. I'm really not sure how to properly dispose of them and what damage I might cause with brute force. Can I, should I do it or leave well enough alone?
I should also say, that this wasn't just an exercise. I had a [wordpress] project which required a pixel perfect 3 column layout to a "designed to the fold" print layout. The Holy Grail 3 column layout was exactly what I needed and Thematic made it possible. Now I would like to streamline the process for the next time...