Oh my, I'm doing a happy dance!
I almost don't want to admit how I fixed it.
I took the "broken" SD card and put it in my back up camera. (Yes, I am ashamed of myself). And guess what? It "broke" that camera's SD slot too. Ugh. So for about 5 min I was thinking, "Stupid, Stupid, Stupid." Then I thought, "Hey, at least it's a cheaper camera, now I can play around with it." (Yes, that was stupid too, but that's just how I am).
And after playing around for a few minutes, I was able to "reset" the trigger mechanism by pushing the card in much further than normal (think of a retractable ball point pen). So I grabbed my D80 and fixed it...just like that...no more rigging it up.
And the broken SD card? It's going in the trash!! :)