Jim you made me laugh for real
I bought the X1PRO with the 35mm and I bought some weeks after the 18mm.
The AF of the latter one is significantly faster, so I hope that future lenses will have an AF more similar to the 18mm than the 35.
Having said that, I can't say the AF of the X1 is this terrible thing.
It is certainly not the one of the D700.
I have really appreciated what the author of this blog says about the X1 Come to think of it...: X-Pro 1 Tips and Tricks: The Basics
He is quite honest.