my modem went belly-up. Just flat quit working. My internet service provider is my phone company, and I rent the modem, so I called them and told them their modem had died. We played "jump through the hoops" for a while before they decided I was right. The new modem arrived today.
I spent some time today on the phone with their tech support - a nice lady with a sense of humor from Nebraska - and got it sort of working. She seems to think part of the problem is within my phone line. A repairman will be here Friday, and because she thinks the problem is in the lines entering the building and not within my apartment, I will pay nothing for that service. Seems kind of funny, though, that I am now using the internet. It will work only when the Ethernet cord is attached and I have no WiFi, but I can live with that until it is all straightened out. I was going through withdrawal, I tell ya. It wasn't pretty!
So posting may be a bit more sporadic than usual until I get the kinks worked out. And now if you will excuse me, I have some serious internet surfing to do while everything is still working. :)