I picked up the cable modem, associated cables, and the software from TWC in Richfield, and then went to Best Buy with phoenixalpha after dinner (and a futile search for the cable jack I thought was in my room) to buy cables and a router since both of the cable jacks were in the living room and the cable TWC provided wasn't going to reach that far, quite aside from the fact that we needed to hook both desktops up to the cable feed anyway. All of this technologery turned out to be moot since we couldn't get a connection. Apparently there's either a filter on the line (best case) or the jacks aren't hooked up (worst case) and either way TWC is going to send a tech out today to check it out. And that's the way it went.
At least I'm not feeling totally drained this morning. I'm not wheezing any more when I take a deep breath, which means all the gunk is finally gone from my lungs, and I felt rested this morning instead of dog-tired. Maybe phoenixalpha's chicken stir-fry with extra chili (someday I'm going to teach her how to use measuring spoons) helped after all.