I re-installed Thesis 1.8.5 and bought BlogSkin from Thesis Awesome. So far it hasn’t been to bad. Like any new theme it’s a bit of a learning curve. BlogSkin offers a good deal of functionality which is a plus. Most themes out there have more design then function. It is what it is out of the box so to speak. My last theme only allowed for posting 540 pixel wide images and posts. I prefer the look of a bigger main content box. I have this one set to 750 px. Much better on the eyes.
So it will take a few days to get things up and running just the way I like them and after forking out the cash lets hope this one will stay for a couple years.
I also found a cool blog titled HighTechDad.