GregT- Holy crap! I was thinking of going out and picking up a book on the subject. But now I don't need to. You supplied a complete plethora of information and it is very much appreciated.
Purple- I put my dough ball in a stainless steel bowl for the first rising, covering the top with plastic wrap.
Paul - "pretend you're an old Italian woman". Love it. Noted.
Per the original recipe, it had me add the salt with the yeast, together. After reading GregT's post, seems odd. Frankly, I'm going to cut the salt completely out of the next dough made and try this. I let the dough do one rising, then beat it down and began rolling out to the size and shape I wanted.
Thanks tons for the info provided by all. You guys, as usual, are awesome.
I figured this would all take a bit of practice.
No problem. I've got the time.