I now know what Permalinks are like. I was confused by the Permalinks "link" at Y!-360 which is normally right next to the comment link at the bottom of each post. If you click the permalink there you'll be directed to that post with a permalink available at the browser url entry area.
In WP you get permalink, the url you want, after you click the title of the post. You'll also see that post on one page with comments at the bottom, if any.
My apology to tech support at DreamHost and Site5, it's working now, it's the dummy like me that caused the problem not WP or your servers.