Thank you all for the very warm welcome! Cool!
Okay, so to sum it up, sounds like my a55 issue goes away with any newer Sony SLT camera (a57, a65 or a77). That's encouraging. I really don't want to unload all of my new equipment (body, 6 Sony lenses, cable shutter release, spare batteries etc.) and start anew with Canon or Nikon. I'm just too invested in Sony to change now and I've learned all of the software on the camera body. I'm a Sony guy now.
@ chappo1, thanks for that. So, I did something similar. I have a hot shoe ISO adapter (just one) that mounts on the Sony body hot shoe and let's me put my Elinchrome remote trigger on top of it. The Sony adapter (http://store.sony.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10551&storeId=10151&langId=-1&partNumber=FAHS1AM
) wouldn't work because, to your point, the flash needs room to pop up. So, I went third party (a little different than what you have (ignore the Minolta speed light) http://www.flickr.com/photos/kinekt/4033926622/
With my setup, the pop up flash is almost all of the way up (enough that the view finder "gains up" as required). But, I found that the shutter release would in some cases take forever to shoot the picture (several seconds with kids moving around). Maybe it's having trouble metering (not sure). But, I have a piece of black electrical tape over the pop up flash. Funny, because I had no issues with the same setup for still life photography recently. Mind you I had a lot less ambient light then because it was night out. With the kids, I had daylight entering the room.
When you say "Sony Transmitter", what is that? I wasn't aware of Sony having a transmitter but that sounds intriguing.
Thanks again everyone!