Originally Posted by dr.drip
... when I go to places and try to open my documents, etc, nothing happens....
it is possible that you've not configured the defaultapplication for this file-types. Do you mean that the files don't open via mouseclick but if you open the application (OpenOffice) and go to "File"->"Open" in the Menu it works?
If so, you may rightclick one of the files and look at "properties" there you can configure the default application for the files.
If this doesn't work, please describe in more detail what you mean with "nothing happens".