Thank you all for taking the time to answer. I had thought about posting it and then deleting it, but I think for now I'm gonna pass it around a bit. A fellow hubber was nice enough to offer to read it, so thank you to you know who you are.
I'm not worried about some kind of publishers' decline in interest in short stories. I have a subscription to Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. I don't think they are going anywhere. I could sit here for hours listing other outlets for short stories. Personally, I think the only ones in jeopardy are the illiterati "Lit" magazines who publish the most BORING of material. Witness the Oxford American.
I won't single anyone out, but again, thank you to everyone for your words and encouragement.