Well, so much for that. The phone/DSL left earlier this morning, and tells me that I'm still hooked into the bad guys service. So I have to wait until next week to cancel what I have, and replace an order for new phone/dsl service. And then wait 7-10 days to hook up to what I used to have.
Makes me want to cry, but the upside is that I've found out that the local Y has wifi service in the library, and so I'm back in business and will be seriously posting over the next day or two.