The Phone Company says some routing thingus nowhere near the house is futz0red, and should be fixed no later than 7pm tomorrow. Meanwhile I'm getting DSL hooked up because my parent intermediated. That's my duly earned punishment for making my parent intermediate--and I do consider it punishment, since it's not entirely voluntary and it's another expense (although it's amortized (though that's not the right word) over a third of a year). Not even the cheap expense, either, since I need the IEEE802.3 DSL modem for the TPC's PPPoE, since my POS PC has no USB.
Of course, my horoscope this week says to do bolder things instead of my monotonous routine, which is good advice for anyone who has a monotonous routine.