Long story short, I changed the app to allow us to have files that were twice as long as we'd had previously, and the 256 entries in the file master became 1024.
Do you know it took me almost two hours to realize what I had? I was telling my s.o. the story at lunch, and then I was like, wait. Wait. *Immediately*? *Every* *time*.
Cuz. You know. I got *skillz*.
1) Don't use numeric literals for anything but 0, 1, and -1.
2) Don't be so hard on yourself. *All* your old seniors have stories like this, and some of us have *several* of them.