Well, updating my kitty life.
Buddy didn't work out. The two never got along (never sleeping on the same bed, etc), and my original cat started being less affectionate towards me. This was BAD considering he's ALWAYS affectionate.
So Buddy's now on his 4th owner (didn't work with his first new home after mine, but has settled down with yet another friend for good
Oliver, my original cat, now lives with a retired friend. I had an assignment (with tons of career mobility potential) I thought was going to become permanent, and it had me traveling on the road 5 days a week. Me not being around for 75% of the week is no life for an affectionate cat. So I found Oliver a new home. I was very sad for several days and still miss him, but he's very happy with his new owner and I still get to visit. New job didn't work out, but I'm not going to rip Oliver from a happy home either.
I'm not going to get another cat for now. Life's hectic enough I feel I would be cheating the cat of a good overall homelife. No time for a woman either, but that's for another forum! :p