By all means Chuck! There's a right way, a wrong way, and there's my way.
This is how I wired my layout. I'm simply counting track connections. I've never used DCC, but I understand the DCS technology and the reasons behind the recommendations for using blocks. If the number of blocks is troubling the option to solder across track joints is always there.
You are welcome to wire your layout how you wish but I believe some of your recommendations are just not correct for DCS.