*chuckles at grasshopper comment*
Absolutely (no one laugh!). I somehow missed setting the domain for my cookie, and apparently that prevented the cookie from being stored/read properly (?). So all I did is set the domain name to my domain name, and simply named the cookie "forums". So the cookie should be "firstname.lastname@example.org". Sorry, I really don't know much about cookies, so anyone else "in the know" could elaborate a bit, or perhaps correct me on this.
Speaking of forums, if anyone has some spare time, stop by and make suggestions for my site in our forums. If you post as "guest", please sign with a recognizeable username. Thanks again!