My thanks, I had been dreading the cost of new shocks!
With all of your advice, I have been reading about bushings for the past couple days. I have the day off tomorrow for poking around on my mini benz. The sway bar bushings sound like a smart replacement regardless.
Now I just wish I lived in CA like you guys so I had some warmer weather for laying on the cement and looking at my car. MN is cold these days.