This is an online game. My opponent accepted the Stafford Gambit, an opening that I normally play. Black kept the initiative throughout the game and White finally succumbed to the pressure.
Lesson learned: Postmortem review of games can be enlightening, especially when you are likely to play a similar line in the future.
P.S. Beginning on Aug 20th, I have done 3,350 tactical problems. Beginning on Sept 7th, 580 endgame studies. The new year is commencing with a breakthrough - a 1501 USCF rating. Stay tuned as I try for Class B!