I was referred to another tech agency who I called this morning only to be told that A. the WIFI hookup should be reestablished when I reboot a different way B. rebooting this different way will wipe out my C Drive. I can live without the documents which I had saved, but the pictures I had just uploaded and had not yet put anywhere else?! And my iTunes? That is going to be a pain in the ass to reestablish and rebuild!
All of this has made me realize that I shouldn't have put off getting that external hard drive and backing everything up! Guess that's on the Christmas list for myself.
Still hoping that my friend N (who is also the Farm IT guy) can work a slap-you-on-the-forehead-"YOU-ARE-HEALED!"-kinda-miracle on my computer. We shall see.