As usual, a mathematical representation has helped to see it from another angle. I've identified my troubles, stretching the concept out farther than it applies, and feel good about the concept. Thank you.
Alright, I'm having a bit of trouble understanding time dilation. My biggest concern is in how an observer in a frame will see all other frames at different relative speeds moving slower. I've been trying to show it mathematically, but haven't had the luck yet.