^hehe, i couldn't agree more!
@ijack it was a routing problem. As near as i can tell, the password on the mac for the router got messed up (or something along those lines). I reset the password on the router, changed it on the mac, and it is working again. /grumble
Now, time to repeatedly was my hands, forget the aforementioned events, and retreat back into the happiness of linux.
Thanks for the help