I can say with few reservations that this has indeed solved the problem, meaning the problem was electrical in nature.
Thanks for the ideas that were PM'd to me. It was unrelated to the power steering or fuel system as some suspected.
I'm sure I'll have a few more mysteries in the future. This is my first post-2000 vehicle and I'm quickly learning that It's no longer as simple as taking a look under the hood. I miss my 80's and 90's cars. You could diagnose a problem with those quickly.