2008 Saturn Astra - Help me remove this alternator

How in the heck do you remove the alternator from the engine compartment on 2008 Saturn Astra XR?

The factory manual makes it seem easy. Basically release the belt, remove the wires and two mounting bolts, and remove the alternator. Apparently it’s not that easy because of physical space limitations.

Here’s a thread on a Saturn forum that may be helpful. See post 4 in that thread.