sharpmachine: I found an interesting thread where people who use the Transmit Disk Mounting MenuBar item (included with the Transmit app from Panic) discovered that perhaps, this component is part of the problem. So, I toook the advise of several posters and disabled the said Transmit menu and will report back if it solved my issues. If you are interested and want more info on this please visit this URL:
I'm glad I was not the only on experiencing this issue. One Google search releaved a plethora is complaints related this this matter.