This is a new one for me -- I wonder if anyone else has seen this very weird Finder issue. The other day the Finder behaved like it was stuck in molasses. Clicking on a folder in column view resulted in the spinning search icon in the lower right-hand corner of the file browser window. It took several seconds at least for the list of files to appear. A log-out log-in did not cure the problem, but a restart did. I also did an fsck on the disk. The Activity Monitor didn't indicate any unusual processes, as nearly as I can tell. 10.3.3 on a G4/450 Cube, if that matters.