ok, well, it seems that the only time it ever freaks out is when i drag and drop a macro that i've created using the bliz UI..
eitherwise it behaves fairly regularly..
one eq item i placed into a bar actually equips too.. why that piece and none other i have no clue, lol
ok, well, i'm going to try out what you've suggested.. seems to sound about right..
yep, mac edit was just what i needed