Thanks for the advice guys, I really appreciate the thoughts and help. I am going to take this to Shark forum for sure.
But the good news is, I changed the y axis setting in "control E" to positive, left x negative, and left Z positive. That fixed the mirror thing.
I caused the router to try to go off the gantry by using an older file that had the z zero in the wrong corner. My bad.
So I am back to the ramping problem. It goes smoothly down to start, say, .125. Then the router starts a slow ramp up but the computer screen shows .125 until it pulls completely up for the next move.
So that is where I am now.
Thank you, thank you!