ok, here we go..

for some od reason i cannot log into my shell under my userID. I can however login under root. I can see the /home/userID directory.

when i do:
egrep -v '.*:\*|:\!' /etc/shadow | awk -F: '{print $1}'

i can see the account listed there as well.

[root@greybox home]# id scripteaze
id: scripteaze: No such user
[root@greybox home]#
..

ive also done

passwd -u <user>
usermod -U <user>


to check it account was locked..

nothing

[root@greybox home]# passwd scripteaze
passwd: Unknown user name 'scripteaze'.
[root@greybox home]#