There’s a point in any web project where it seems you have to, like Cortes*, burn your boats. This point came sooner than expected for me. I couldn’t get the zip archive to extract, so I had to upload the tar.gz joomla file to the server and expand it. At that point, while my existing files are still there, the installation takes over the index page functions so the typical user would not know how to find it.
However, within 30 minutes I was able to complete the few remaining steps and slap up an article that lets users know what I’m doing, at least, and direct one customer to their particular directory. More details on how I got there on twitter (see lower right corner of this page)
Here’s what the site looks like now:
*at least according to the legend.