As usual, it was an 'OMG, I did that?" mistake. I picked up the wrong charger cord. I used the cord from my old LG basic phone. It charged the Droid just fine. When I noticed what I had done, I switched to the correct Droid usb/charger cord and my computer recognized my phone as soon as I plugged it into the computer.
Ya gots to be smarter than the machinery...........