SO, for this being my first partial mash it went really well! hit my target O.G. of 1.040 in spite of worries about "mash efficiency". PSH...Buncha overblown nonsense. Never mashed before in my life and got all I could get out of the mashed grains without a sweat. Little temp control, little timing, rudimentary knowledge/research, and BAM, no problem. Almost makes me wanna do AG if it wasn't such a tremendous PITA and if I had the resources and space. Alas, I don't have the luxury of having 10-gallon equipment in multiple fancy-pants stages. Maybe when I can afford it it may happen. See how this batch comes out the other side in a few weeks, for anyone who gives a SH.
(p.s. I owe everything I did with the batch to the patience bestowed unto me by my previous APA batch that was perfect, cold, and served in a chilled glass. Absolute foamy perfection)