What's up with that -- google fell off the internet there for 20 minutes or so. I could get to any site that didn't hotlink to google or google analytics, but my google home page was inaccessible. Since I'm one of _those_ people who has become dependent on google and the personalized home page, I felt kinda lost.
And no, you don't need to explain it to me. I understand enough about it to know that full understanding is more trouble than it's worth.
Now everything's hunky dory again, and I can ping google.com in 53 milleseconds. 53 milleseconds to california and back!