Fair enough dave, I'll keep switching between 1 and 3 and see where it takes me.
Just wanted to share a nice tip I came across maybe I'll post it in Tips and Tricks if anyone else thinks it's useful. So: I don't know if other people use a curve to extrude, then it's a pain in the @$$ to select the curve again cause it's in the middle of the geometry? (Besides using selection masks) Well, Window > Settings/Preferences > Preferences > Selection tab > Priority Presets Custom > set NURBS Curve Priority higher, like 5 or 10. Now the selection priority is higher so I can more easily grab that elusive curve. Yay! Update coming soon.