Lorel - 5:29 pm on May 7, 2012 (gmt 0)
Sorry I wasn't clear enough. the whole page's images equal 189K in total. The background image in question is only 812bytes so that is hardly slowing anything down. I can save it as a gif and it will reduce it to 500bytes. not a big change.
I have other sites set up with the same design and only this one slows down the container image from loading.