Did you ever get the PIC programmed?
if you need some help with that let me know. I've done quite a bit of work with them in the past. If nothing else send me the .asm and I'll compile a .hex for you.
I'm in east TN.
want to email me the file you have? dave [at] bluenotblue.com
ps: which programmer did you buy? the DIY kits work really well and they're inexpensive. one thing you have to make sure of though is that you use the software for the respective firmware of your programmer... it'll see it and THEN you can burn a new programmer firmware.... then update your software.
it sounds weird I know but it makes since once you think about it.