HAHA! I'm still alive aren't I? LOL.
I got extremely lucky with the settings. His laser uses coreldraw to control it and when I clicked on the engraving button, it was set at 400mm/sec and the power on the laser was set to 13 watts. The only thing I adjusted was the resolution from 2 to 3. I'm not familiar with Coreldraw but the way he explained it to me, it works the same as the resolution we use in T2L and a setting of 3 means more space between each laser pass.