Finally got the chain replaced tonight... and WOW, what a difference!
The first chain that I ordered was lost courtesy of the US Postal No-Service. So, I lost a week there. Ordered a second chain, and it arrived tonight.
Installed in about 10 minutes. Should have taken 5, but I wasn't in a big hurry. Took it out for a little trial run (didn't want to ride far, as it was after dark), and what a difference. Nearly feels like a completely different bike.
I went ahead and put a Shimano HG-73 back on it. I didn't see a whole lot of reason to change at this point. Got one for $24 shipped, so that was fine as well.
The new chain was lubed nicely, right out of the bag. Next, I'll have to research the proper products and technique for lubrication, as this is now a new chain, and I want it to last.