Re: I'm unhappy
I've resorted to building my own application framework in PHP that persists objects in individual files vs. a "black box" database and implements limited Zope-like acquisition of methods and properties. It's not a complete Zope knock-off by any stretch, but it will do 90% of what I'd use Zope for, sans the hair-pulling.
I started to look into zope as I was looking for a decent templating system for CherryPy. I stumbled on SimpleTAL (ZPT without Zope) which seems to work somewhat well with CherryPy.
Still undecided what to do, I may know better in a few days.