First off, thanks for answering my post. Here's exactly what happens:
1. After I insert the key and turn in just a quarter (the car is an automatic, and it is in P), the radio, and mileage odometer turns on. [Although I should note that the time it shows is 00:00 right now - which may indicate some sort of battery failure]
2. Then when I turn the key another quarter for IGNITION the Headlights start flashing, and there are TWO distinct sounds -- A. a 'whirring' sound that seems to come from inside/behind the steering wheel underneath the gauges, B. a 'flapping' chopper sound coming from the airconditioning vents in the center of the console which is to the right of the steering wheel.
3. After letting the headlights flash maybe three times, and listening to those two unerving sounds (both of which don't necessarily sound like what a car SHOULD sound like), I let go of the key, and the headlights/'whirring' sound stops. However, the 'flapping' noise from the center of the console will continue for another 3-4 seconds.
Keep in mind that at no point does the engine sound like it's firing, or turning over, nor does it even sound like the sparkplugs are firing.
Hope that helps. I'm thinking perhaps some sort of electrical problem, however I find it odd that it would just quit working from one day to the next...
NOTE: The lights were not on, when it first started, and there seems to be a clicking noise, although between the two other ones it is hard to tell. I will try to jump start the battery tomorrow, but I've had dead batteries before in other cars, and never had the headlights been flashing ....