Thanks for the offer to help Justin, I appreciate it. I will start from scratch, reinstall everything (including the OS) and document my steps (and pitfalls) in hopes you can find where I went wrong.
Here is what I am planning on doing (any input is appreciated)
-Wipe out Debian box (its a test box anyway), perform a clean install of Debian Sarge.
-Install ALL dependencies based on their install guide (found here)
-I'll be using Apache2 w/FASTCGI (install Perl suid; referenced here
at the bottom of the page) and MySQL 4.1
-I'll then follow their Manual Installation guide
to install 3.6
Hopefully by following the Manual Installation things will make some sense and actually work. Like I said, I'll be documenting what I do, in the (likely) event something doesn't work.