thank you for your reply.
i've seen video of cable cast on, but they always show it from the beginning with a loop and tail. anyhow, it seems at that point you would be knitting from left to right. so, i think i am still confused.
what i'm looking at right now (left to right) is my lead yarn, then 3 cast on stitches, then 9 knitted stitches on one needle. and then another needle 9 more knitted stitches that i somehow need to connect with each other. this would make sense to me if the cast on stitches were on the right side (not left side) of my work. maybe i need to take a pic. but i'm not going to set up a flickr account just for this. at least not yet.
if it helps, these are the socks i'm making.