Thanks to all who contributed in this thread. Using your valuable 
contributions, I was able to solve my problem.  The final solution was 
not at all what I had in mind when I posted my original post.  Thanks to 
the guidance obtained from this thread, I was able to accomplish my 
objective by using the sort method of a traditional hash (i.e., I did 
not need the ordered hash as I thought that I would).  Thanks for 
getting me pointed in the right direction.

      ... doug

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