For those following this saga, here are the plans for the deck I am building.
I got the piers placed, the posts cut, the frame put together and attached to the posts. I also was able to get 6(of 22) of the surface boards attached. The rest of the surface boards are laying in place, and I'll be doing a few each evening, and I should have this thing done by next weekend.
The first thing I am going to do once I have driven the last deck screw in is get a chair, sit on my deck, and drink a beer.
Progress has gone well. One of the 2"x6"x10' was severely warped by sitting outside overnight on the ground, so I put that one in the middle.