lo and behold, I'd discovered that not only can I move things around on the task bar but I can actually move the task bar itself!! I must have somehow 'unlock' the task bar and while moving things around I unintentionally started dragging it. So I dragged it to the right and left and to the top and each time it stayed there! I was so excited that I had to post if for my next PC Tips and Tricks!
Pretty neat huh? Now you will just have to get used to using it in your new spot, even though I've read on many forums that a lot of users are happy with it to the left, while the majority like it on top... interesting.
Oh! One more thing. Whichever position you finally choose, don't forget to lock it in the by re-checking that check mark beside the Lock the taskbar command.