It's either been to long of a day or I'm just lacking a piece of knowledge. This is what I'm attempting (widths for demo purposes only):
wrapper div centered on page, 800px wide
left column - 150 px wide, background and contents do not scroll with the page
center column - 500 px wide, scrolls up and down
right column - 150px wide, background and contents do not scroll with the page
any help is greatly appreciated. You don't have to go into a ton of detail. It's my guess that I'm just not thinking.