gergo is back!
So, I got on the phone with a friend who builds mechanical keyboards and he said that the first thing that he suspects is the usb connector. I bought a fancy cable for my new keyboard and I noticed that it was a pretty tight fit...possibly enough to push the connector out of place with the force it took to connect it.
So, with some fiddling I finally got the keyboard to respond again.
So, I'm back on the pain train trying to get comfortable with the keys again, but I'm happy to be here.