Thanks Brogan. I beat myself to death on it - above my mojo grade for now. Snap. I have a nice little effect going on my category strips so they take on a slightly larger grooved border and light color shift for a pseudo pressed-button "Tactile" effect. I've got collapsed nodes as my default since my 5 mian forum areas average 14-15 subs.. Getting the whole strip to trigger the description would keep it all neat and clean.
Someone basically challenged me to make my site look as far from Xen out of the box as I could. Aliens! http://www.basstalk247.com/forum/home/