lol. I so understand where you're at!
I don't even understand the width | w\idth notation, but I do understand that the little * (universal selector) can wreak havoc in novice hands.
The butchered stylesheet is found at http://bonner.vrmenterprises.com/style2.css
May I recommend a little patience and stick with Paul O'B for a bit. Frustrating as it seems now there is a lot of satisfaction in getting this right and it avoids messing round with background images.
Of course, if you've really had enough........ have a go at faux columns.
Just noticed you already have a background image in the left column. Go for Faux Columns.