Well I had backed-up the user directory and started from scratch, and had attempted to restore the old backup using different seed words provided by the ‘fresh’ copy (assuming it would simply fail if something didn’t match up), however it obviously did not restore correctly.
In short; it appears I am just a dummy… I honestly don’t understand what happened with the original password as it was something I typically use, but that doesn’t really matter at this point.
So I guess if anybody else is reading this and is new this stuff, make sure you have your seed words saved and have a backup before encrypting your wallet. I learned the hard way and luckily it only cost me a few bucks.
Thanks for the help, pretty cool application you guys have!