I bookmarked the videos on gauge earlier in the evening and will be sure to watch them. I did read a bit on gauge prior and during initially learning though I do not think I read enough though I do find the videos more useful. The words are a bit abstract without seeing it, at least for me.
At any rate, I find it interesting that you note it's normally the width that is greater. I say that because I am actually left handed, knitting right-handed in the continental style. It's the only way I seem to be able to purl properly. I'm also knitting on circulars.
Thanks for taking the time to head me in the right direction.