So, today I drove down to Annapolis and visited Velo Orange (it's actually in Parole, MD). I tried some Soma Sparrow bars on my bike and found them to be either too dropped when mounted upside down, or have too much rise when mounted upright. Plus, they were really too narrow and curvy to afford any comfy alternate hand positions. When I bought the Sparrow Bars, i was also looking at these bars on Velo Orange's website: http://www.velo-orange.com/milanbar.html
I wanted to see them in person and compare them with these: http://www.velo-orange.com/touristbar.html
For comparison, here are the Sparrow bars: http://www.somafab.com/barsparrow.html
Anyway, I ended up with the Milan bars and mounted them up as drops this afternoon. They are perfect. A little wider, less of a drop, longer "grip" area, and provide at least three comfortable positions for my hands. I only had time for 10 miles or so, but believe my handlebar quest is now over.
As for the fork in the road, as I was approaching my turn for home off the main road, there it was..a piece of stainless steel flatware, and I do mean flat.. and you were expecting some deep philosophical diatribe I bet.
Pics will follow when I can use my wife's camera and the sun returns, usually in the morning.
That is all