Chipper!! Damn I love that cat. He reminds me of a stray (?) cat I feed everyday.
I already have, cool idea but at that price I'd sooner save for a Leica
I feel you on the T2i grip, but it never bothered me much. I always keep my camera slung over my neck and shoulder so it just sort of rests on my body and I keep one hand on it at all times, left on the lens or right on the grip then I bring it up when I see something I want to shoot. So the grip never really bugged me much, if it bothered my right hand I'd just hold the lens when i wasn't shooting.
You sound like a real paparazzo guy.