ORM Hell! Take Two!
I will update this post in a few weeks. But this past weekend I purchased a EntitySpaces.com Developer license and so far I'm very happy with it. There was a bit of a learning curve using the MyGeneration templating engine but wasn't too bad on this my second trial. I especially like that I can finally use VistaDB for small websites instead of using Access. SQLExpress is OK but when hosting on some ISP like GoDaddy they make it especially hard to use SQLExpress by requiring that you script up or manually create the database instead of just dropping it into the App_Data folder. VistaDB along with EntitySpaces is a great solution for me.