Houston, we have a sock! I finished it last night, put it on, and was thrilled when it fit like a glove! I've been very lucky with my first sock and have experienced no major problems (knock on wood). Silver and her wonder tutorial can take most of the credit.
I'll cast on the mate tonight and take it with me to Toronto. Maybe I'll become like one of those people who take pictures of their socks in exciting and exotic locales. Like we used to with the Lando and Mulder action figures. Just trading one form of dorkiness for another, here, kids. ;)