1) use 3.5.3 instead of 3.5.2 it has several patches already applied
2) apply the 3.5.3 patches (2 as of now - see the 'New Version' forum for the BUGFIX's)
3) if you did a fresh install of wordpress and the theme, you are seeing the 'example' settings. You can always hit the grey 'Reset all theme options' button
there are a couple extra settings you can import in the setting folder (this has to be from your computer not the server) one is the 'classic' setting
One of the cool things since 3.5.1 is the export/import settings. Say you have a site all set up and you really like your settings, you could export them and import them into a new site.