Well, I did take apart the back and pressed the reset button that is right above the power switch....no success there either. That was basically like holding the power switch for that 30-45 seconds.
I think I've pretty much tried everything at this point. Right now the only thing I could do is the factor reset via pressing the "Home" key before the Welcome/loading screen pops up, which I didn't find out until late last night after I had spoke with customer support and a replacement kindle on the way. It should get here tomorrow, and by now I am over it...incredibly annoyed at myself, yes, but it's not the end of the world y'know? At least I have my non-Amazon-bought books sorted in Calibre.
I just wish there was still the Recovery mode that earlier versions had where you could get your data off via USB and some of the other options. I don't know why they would get rid of something like that.
I think that not having the password option turned on when experimenting with font hacks is an excellent idea, one I will remember in the future.
Thank you guys again!