I am, however, sufficiently geeky that I was able to whine about the situation with Vger on AIM... via my phone.
After we talked about things for a few minutes, he passed this on from Nazrat:
<Vger, proxying for Nazrat> Don't you have an AOL account?
It honestly never occurred to me.
(Of course, as soon as I got dialled in, my cable modem came back. Hrmph.)