Just got a new soldering iron...
and oh man are things easier now. I just went to fry's today and I decided to get myself a new iron and new 30awg wire. All I can say is I'm not turning back to Radioshack stuff because their iron are poor quality stuff + their wires are hard as a rock. No flexibility whatsoever. I got some Page 30AWG wire and they are nice and soft + flexible, very easy to work with.
My new 12w weller pencil iron is great. Soldering with precision is great, no more bridging. Here's my pic of my upgrade!
If you're using a ratshack iron, go get yourself a hakko or weller pencil! It's great. I can now actually solder to the cd/dvd controller chip. Well just thought I share my new toy.