A serious tactical error...
Obviously I should have pursued some sort of alternate strategy but, alas, was too slow witted to realize in time. The hell of it is, I can't really get away from the job since I'm unaware of anyone else around here who understands how to make encrypted wireless networks work, and if I just give out the keys publicly, we'll inevitably have all sorts of assholes inside the firewalls. On the upside, it is allowing me to meet the new cohort of graduate students, which is always fun.
Not that any of this is important, but I wrote a lot yesterday and I've been busy since then, so you can make do with a relatively lousy post.
And if you're sitting there thinking of a networking question you want to ask: just give me a friggin week, ok?!