Dood, you aren't that far from Houston, hit up the Texas section, we do meets from time to time and we love meeting new peeps.
Sorry to see the second gen go but you did end up with another focus. :)
Get your trunk or hatch LED conversion kits here http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?p=4542652#post4542652
"2nd Gen problems"
I've spent too long looking into the abyss. It's starting to look back.