She is solved and working!
So others can know what I did ... here it is:
First I created a script that I called "serverinfo.php" and uploaded that to my static IP server:
I next created an ftp script of events, called "ftp.scr":
put /var/www/scripts/dynIP.txt htdocs/dynIP.txt
Lastly, I created a script, "serverpop.sh":
(yes, that's my current static IP, and yes, the website is currently a hack job ... give it time, I'm just starting. I needed /something/ to hold the domain! The full site should be up by the end of next month ... a cool preview is at www.ralinventions.com/ral.wmv
... but it's big)
and then added:
ln -s /var/www/scripts/serverpop.sh /etc/cron.hourly/serverpop.sh
Done! I now have a text file that is uploaded to my server containing my dynamic IP on my local server. Now I can use this as a web storage medium in the least.
Thanks to everyone that was so much help in pointing me to what I needed to learn!
acummings / Alan ... as to which service I'm subscribed to, I use (as you can see above) PowWeb. Located conveniently at www.powweb.com.
The only thing I've run into so far that I don't like is they don't use sftp ... which would have made my ftp question trivial. But ftp will work fine for the limited amount of file moving I need to do.
BTW, they give credit for references, so if you look at this one and decide you like it, mention my domain as a reference and we'll get a couple bucks in our account