So my laptop troubleshooting project turned into a project-ette. I had one 10 port USB hub that had 10 different things plugged into it and was failing. So the laptop was failing 10 different ways. I unplugged the hub and that fixed the whole thing. Between the laptop and the docking station, I now have no more USB spots open but I also don't really need any - at least right now. In a pinch, I don't need the one used by the printer - it can go wireless if necessary.
A couple of restarts and hard reboots just to make sure all was fine and victory was declared.