I've been posting about my issue for a couple of days now and you guys have been a huge help, but my problem still remains.
Just in case you aren't familiar, here is some background:
I run http://www.jalopyjournal.com and it gets around 1.7 million page views a week using wordpress 2.0. If I use permalinks of ANY kind, the rewrites going on through the .htaccess file eventually bring my server down to its knees as it sends server load upto the high 30s. However, if I turn purmalinks off and use the default WP settings, I have ZERO issues with server load. So, .htaccess is the issue.
Obviously, I would REALLY like to have the permalink option on my pages. Is there any chance of this being improved in the future? Are there any work arounds?
Thanks a ton,