I give up on trying to figure out Drupal. I'd like hire someone to do some tweaks to my website and upgrade it to 5.1 and some minor database optimizations because I keep getting blank pages in the admin area and have to hit the reload button several times. I want to change the layout of [url removed, login to view] to be more like a regular news site like [url removed, login to view] or [url removed, login to view], or the NY Observer or "blog network" layout like (the bottom of [url removed, login to view] where they have the multicolumn blocks that highlight Weblog Network blogs).
I'd like to keep my current theme, but change the banner from a flash banner to a static banner, and a fix to the mail module because for some reason I just can't get that or the simple news mod to work. I'd also like the RSS Feed buttons to be more prominently displayed. Also, I'd like to change forums to something else or add notification options to the current forum.
This work should be fairly simple and require less than a couple of hours (as all of the changes are cosmetic - except for the upgrade) for people experienced with Drupal and Views and Panels. But for me, I don't have the patience to deal any longer.