The next night after I posted the inital message and without reading your followup posts (had not had the time), I went to the car and tried to start it. I figured what the heck, can't hurt. The car fired on the first try!!
Was it a fluke? Is this a sympom of the vacuum hose problem or a poorly soldered fuel relay?
For laughs, I tried it this morning as well and it starts fine. I am still very concerned as I dont want to be stranded anywhere when it decides it does not want to start.
How do I remove the relay to check it/replace it with a junker one? How much does a junker on cost about?
Thanks for all the advice. This at least makes me knowledgeable and have some idea if I NEED to take it in for service even if I cant fix the problem