Just wanted to say I was able to successfully root, install the market, and get all my usual apps, before unrooting to get VOD back.
Other than a few minor hiccups along the way, everything is working as it should.
One minor thing. The gapps.rar file does not actually have an .apk named "Vending", but instead it is "com.amarket.apk". Just thought I'd throw that out there in case others are wondering why they don't see the Vending.apk that is mentioned repeatedly.
I initially tried using the .apk that came with the gapps.zip from ROM Manager but could not get any downloads to install. After deleting that one, and using the "com.amarket.apk" from the .rar in the OP I was up and running.
Thanks once again to everyone who has made this possible.