No offense taken, Frisky.
When I first arrived at Halfway, I was coming from a vBulletin forum whose format was identical to this one (Pavlina). It took quite a while to get used to it.
You actually CAN change the look on your individual account once logged in, but the forum, itself, is SMF forums and they operate differently. Changing the look only affects your view, not the forums'.
While I am Administrator, I don't know enough to change the layout, but I DO know to leave well-enough alone.