Bryan, I posted that question elsewhere and had received the answer, but your analogy is the easiest to understand. Simple and to the point, thanks for taking the time. Kevin.
"You are indeed. Look at it this way-- say you've got a 10 lb. weight sitting on the ground with a hook attached to the top. You've got a scale with a hook attached to the bottom. If you hook the scale to the weight (and the scale is calibrated), and lift the scale till the weight is off the ground , the scale will read 10 lbs.
Now, if you unhook the scale from the weight (don't drop it on your toe ), put a heavy duty O-ring between the hooks on scale and weight, then lift until the weight is suspended, the scale will still read 10 lbs. The difference will be in how far you have to raise the scale to make the weight come up off the ground."