cleo:$ ls -al ../bruce | grep Desktop
drwxr-xr-x 2 bruce bruce 176 2009-09-29 03:35 Desktop/
Opps! There was no change. I've now restarted the computer (the only way I knew to log out from cli) and tried new login after I composed the above. Bruce now has the desktop that Cleo has. I'll switch back to Bruce and check out the rest.
Multiple thank yous, Newt. We're finally making progress.