Hey Bob. I'm right there with you. I'd love to get some APIs and the lunchbox route seems like a no brainer, but I like the rack too.
Something that I ran across recently that seems like a viable option is this (scroll down to the middle of the page and look at the pic:
I appears that your able to get the best of both worlds...to a certain degree.
I was struggling for a while about the DVC (and still do), but I opted, for now, to go a different route (UA LA-610) as I reasoned it would be better suited for what I need at this time.
Best of luck, please keep us informed with what you decide and how it works out.