First, I just needed to retrace all of the steps I had taken to see if any ideas would occur to me about something I had missed. No ideas occurred to me.
Second, I wanted the ordeal to be posted in the event I asked a computer-savvy person to review my problem. I asked no one.
Third, an insane part of my brain figured that if I posted my analysis of how it does not make sense that the computer is not working after what I did, then the computer would have to succumb to my thoughts and start working.
And that's exactly what happened.