Geez Louise man! Well, it turned out the fan I bought was not the right size and I ended up calling Dell. After being disconnected from the tech that had already made me go through a zillion motions to prove what I told him in the beginning was true (fan no spinny, no turny), I had to call back for a second round. At least this guy took me at my word - mostly. Anyway, the part was put on order and arrived at the 'computer guy's' shop on Tuesday. Then there was the aggravation of waiting for the phone call from the 'computer guy'. Thankfully, he showed up today.
I now have insight into why it took so long for the guy to come out and fix the beast. He arrived at the house at 1pm and didn't leave until 5pm. The repair itself only took 10 minutes max. Seems my husband and the computer guy hit it off and spent the afternoon flapping gums. I highly suspect this guy hits it off with everyone he meets thereby fixing only 1 computer per day.
Regardless, now that I'm up and running again, I'm a very happy camper and will be back to posting more about my crochet freakiness this weekend :oD