So it was a pain in the ass to have to shutdown my laptop in order to go to work, leave at night or anything requiring travel. Worse yet, I couldn't dock or undock my laptop without it locking up solid.
That is, until the latest kernel update:
mcpierce@mcpierce-laptop:~ $ uname -r
With this my laptop is now back in business. I was able to suspend my laptop this morning when I was ready to come to work, and then dock it at my desk and was immediately online.
1 - Thinkpad W510+ with nVidia Quadro FX 880M, 4GB RAM and Intel i7 Q 820 CPU.