An entrepreneur just turned me on to a great tool for Mac OS X called Quicksilver. The plugin provides a very fast Spotlight-like search function but with a more slick and speedy interface. It does a bunch of other stuff too, but right now that basic functionality is great and meets my needs.
Now my control (Quicksilver), option (Ubiquity), and command (Spotlight) keys are all taken! Hope I don’t need to install any more plugins that need those hotkeys :)